Preschool

ICC PRESCHOOL 2014-2015
SEPTEMBER 8th, 2014 - MAY 29th, 2015
 

India Community Center Preschool enrollments for 2014-2015 ARE NOW OPEN. To enroll your child we need the parent and the child to come in person at ICC. Questions: preschool@indiacc.org 

We welcome all children ages 3 years through 5 years of age (fully potty trained) at ICC Preschool. You may tour our facility throughout the school year and we will help answer any of your questions regarding our facility and our program. Parent Visit Days are held Monday through Friday from 12.00pm to 3.00pm. Please call our office at 408-934-1130 ext.226 to make an appointment for a personalized tour.

Once you have had a tour and your family in interested in enrolling we will be happy to also offer a trial session (30mins) to your child. This will give you an opportunity to participate as well observe some of our daily activities.

 THE ICC PRESCHOOL PHILOSOPHY

The ICC preschool is a culturally stimulating space that facilitates social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.

Our focus on project-based learning and we foster peer interactions that are designed to teach empathy, problem solving and conflict resolution. Curriculum and events facilitating intergenerational relationships teach communication skills, collaboration and respect.

Integration of culture and arts builds self-esteem and confidence. Exploration of science-based activities encourages curiosity and reasoning. Our focus on strong academic foundations creates kindergarten readiness combined with a love for lifelong learning.
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THE ICC PRESCHOOL APPROACH TO LEARNING

Our Play based approach:

  • Offers children a variety of opportunities for social interactions (with familiar adults and peers)
  • Teaches cooperation and responsibility through group participation projects
  • Encourages children to maximize their attention span as they focus on self-selected activities that they regulate themselves


Our integrated learning style focuses on:

  • Social and emotional development
  • Language and literacy
  • English-language development
  • Mathematics

Our pride in our heritage:

  • Is explored through experiential activities designed to explore our Indian identity
  • Indian traditions are reinforced through festival celebrations and activities including songs, arts and crafts, music, cooking and dramatic interpretation of Indian tales and mythology.

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ICC PRESCHOOL DAILY ACTIVITIES

Namaste:
The children gather together, greet each other, check attendance to see who is absent (helps children identify friends in class), check the calendar for upcoming special events, read a story, and check special activities for the day.

Yoga:
Kids start each day with yoga. The poses may reflect a story they just read.

Learning Center Time:
The children select activities in any of the learning centers. The adults facilitate the play activities. The children may participate in a planned art activity during this time as well.

Snack:
Children will be given healthy vegetarian snacks. The children sit at tables with adults and interact socially while eating a nutritious snack. Self help skills such as pouring, spreading, cutting, and using manners are developed during this time. Children are responsible for cleaning up their own materials.

Outside Play and Learning:
Children improve large muscle development and social skills in the playground. There will be several planned learning activities for children who want to participate. We go outside every day, weather permitting.

Group Activity:
Group activities vary every day but may include music, drama and gymnastics. Activities will include Indian themes as well as other global themes.

Kindergarten Readiness:
Children will start developing Kindergarten readiness skills by participating in small group activities. The activities will focus on reading readiness, math manipulative and project based learning.
Intergenerational Activities:
A very special part of our program is incorporating intergenerational activities to foster respect and understanding. Activities will vary but will include Senior Story Time (ICC Seniors will read stories to the children) and festival celebrations with parents, grandparents and siblings. Special performances by the preschool children for our ICC seniors will provide an opportunity for sharing new skills and talents.

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ICC PRESCHOOL ACTIVITIES & LEARNING CENTER

Yoga Program:
Children are natural yogis. Their innate flexibility and curious, open minds are the perfect foundation for yoga practice. During yoga, children learn about the world around them by imitating it. They take the shape of animals and objects in nature and in doing so begin to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for life in its many forms..Animal sounds, songs, games and stories all play a part in making it fun!
Yoga also helps children refine skills like balance, focus and coordination. It encourages children to listen and show respect both to themselves and to the other little Yogis with whom they share their classroom and world.

Art Center:
This area provides children with opportunities to express creativity, observe cause and effect with a variety of mediums, increase small muscle development, eye-hand coordination, discover colors, shapes, sizes and textures, develop aesthetic appreciation and independent work skills. Indian folk art techniques are also explored during celebrations.

Game Area:
Through puzzles and manipulative toys children match, sort, sequence and classify materials by color, shape, size and texture. They improve small muscle development, eye-hand coordination and social skills such as turn taking, sharing materials, cooperating while creating and joining games.

Reading Corner:
Children develop reading readiness skills, build vocabulary and conceptual development, identify roles and relationships people have in stories, listen and participate as a member of a group, and listen to stories being read in a group or individually. Indian tales and fables are an integral part of our library.

Discovery Area:
Children explore, experiment, hypothesize, question, discover, and develop concepts using real objects with equipment and materials that encourage experimentation. Basic science concepts are explored through hands on activities.

Math Center:
Children develop readiness skills such as rote counting, matching, sorting, patterning, shapes, sizes, quantity, recognize number symbol with manipulative and visual aids.

Sensory Table:
Children develop sensory awareness with materials such as sand, water, beans, rice, flour, dirt, pasta, oatmeal, etc. They explore and distinguish textures by sifting, pouring, comparing, measuring and experimenting with a variety of materials as well as develop math concepts.

Dramatic Play:
Children develop creative expression, imagination, role-playing skills, problem solving, social interaction skills, small muscle control, eye-hand coordination, and work through problems by reenacting real life experiences. A special Indian dress up box allows for an opportunity to
explore heritage through puppets and dramatic play including Indian outfits and props.

Building Blocks Corner:
Children design and create structures with the blocks while developing muscle development, eye-hand coordination, conceptual development of size, number, shape, weight, width, and function of the block and how to work cooperatively with others.

Musical Instrument Corner:
Children experiment with a variety of instruments to discover how they make sounds and what they sound like combined with other instruments. Instruments from all over the world including some from India expand musical boundaries.

Community Service Opportunities:
Children will get opportunities to understand of the power of ‘giving’. We hope this will help build concerned and well rounded children.

Gardening Corner:
Gardening engages children by providing an interactive environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture and learn. These living laboratories creates a unique environment where interdisciplinary lessons are drawn from real life experiences.

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ICC PRESCHOOL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

  • Parul Chandra
  • Kavita Malik
  • Vibhu Mittal
  • Vijay Shriram
  • Sheena Vaidyanathan

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ICC PRESCHOOL CONTACT US

ICC Preschool Address
India Community Center
525 Los Coches Street, Milpitas, CA 95035

Directions:
From Western Fremont:
- 880 South
- Exit 237 East/Calaveras Blvd.
- Turn right on S. Milpitas Blvd.
- Turn left on Los Coches St.

From Eastern Fremont:
- 680 South
- Exit Calaveras Blvd./237 West
- Turn left on S. Hillview Dr.
- Turn right on Los Coches St.

From South Bay:
- Take 237 East, Continue onto Calaveras Blvd.
- Turn right on S. Milpitas Blvd.
- Turn left on Los Coches St.

ICC Preschool Hours of Operation for the Summer Session
Monday - Friday
9:00am-3:00pm

ICC Preschool Phone Numbers
Ph: (408)934.1130 X 226
Fax: (408)934.1150
ICC Preschool Email preschool@indiacc.org

ICC Preschool website:
www.Indiacc.org/preschool

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ICC PRESCHOOL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is toilet training required?
Yes, it is required.

How do I find out about your tuition?
To inquire about tuition, please go to our summer session on the above links. For more details contact the Preschool Office at 408.934.1130, email preschool@indiacc.org

At what age do you begin accepting children?
We welcome children ages three years to five years.

What are your child:teacher ratios?

Three year olds – five years old 8:1

Are snacks and lunches provided?
We provide nutritious mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. Parents are responsible for providing a lunch.

Do you have to be an ICC member for your child to attend the preschool?
No you do not have to be an ICC member but you do get a discount if you do have an Annual ICC Membership.

Do you have to be Indian to attend?
No, we welcome families from all backgrounds and ethnicities to our preschool. All children are exposed to a Indian curriculum that include celebrations and values.

What is the application process?
Upon choosing the ICC Preschool for your child, you will need to submit an application with an application fee and deposit. For more details contact the Preschool Office at 408.934.1130, email preschool@indiacc.org

What ages do you serve?
Our Preschool begins at age three and goes through PreK (five years old)

Who can pick up my child from school?
For your child’s security and your peace of mind, you must give written permission for any individual to pick up your child. You may use the Emergency Contact and Pick-Up Authorization form, email or a written note. If you have not personally introduced us to this person, we will ask for identification.

How often do you clean the classrooms?

To decrease the spread of illnesses and germs, general housekeeping chores are part of the teachers’ daily routine and toys are sanitized often. A professional cleaning crew also takes care of cleaning, vacuuming and mopping on a nightly basis. They also clean rugs/carpets and wax the floors as needed.

Do you let the children watch television?
Occasionally, we will use video to enhance a lesson or demonstrate a point directly related to a project, for example to show an animal in motion, an example of a dance or for a “tour” of India. These will be used for specific educational purposes, and we will limit the duration of the videos.

What are the staff qualifications?
Lead teachers meet the CA licensing requirement and often exceed the necessary qualifications. All have taken formal early childhood education classes, and many hold degrees in early childhood education or a related field. They are also well acquainted with Indian values and traditions. Assistant teachers also exceed basic requirements.