Category Archives: Announcements

Invitation: Early Childhood STEM Conference 2017

Dear parents,

As you may already know, we are hosting our annual Early Childhood STEM (ECSTEM) conference next week on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4.  (See for more info.)

This conference draws experts in STEM education from all over the country.  The presenters are at the top of their respective fields, and the CCC teachers are no exception.  Our teachers are an integral part of our planning process for the ECSTEM Conference.  They work throughout the year to create detailed PowerPoint presentations about our curriculum.  These are used for training and presentations at the conference as well.  We are proud that in addition to several of our lead teachers presenting, other teachers are volunteering to co-present to strengthen their presence in early childhood STEM education.

This year our teacher presenters include:

・ Monica Dolan and Vien-Vi Le – “STEM Environments” (Friday, 10:30 am)
・ Dayita Datta – “Sing, song, bounce, and jump” (Friday, 1 pm)
・ Olivia Garcia and Gretchen Kammerer – “Understanding Change and Growth Over Time” (Saturday 10:30 am)
・ Dayita Datta – “Sing, Play and Dance Creative and Improvised Patterns by Exploring Math in Music” (Saturday 1 pm)
・ Olivia Garcia and Daniela Perez – “Sewing, Weaving and Patterning” (Saturday, 1 pm)
・ Amanda Lawson and Angeline Picasso – “Variation: Constructing Knowledge about the World Around Us” (Saturday, 1 pm)
・ Peggy Ashbrook and Evelyn Sussman – Utilizing Free Resources” (Saturday, 3 pm)
・ Retha Jones and Vanessa Guerra – “Light and Sound with Toddlers” (Saturday, 3 pm)
・ Janet Nunez and Ingrid Ellegaard-Hansen – “Systems and Interactions in our Community” (Saturday, 3 pm)

We will also have parent presenters who support our research and STEM education:

・ Konstantin Batygin will be our Keynote Speaker on Friday at 8:30 am.
・ James Maloney and Julius Su will present “Inclined to Lend a Hand: Explaining and Visualizing STEM Concepts from The Little Engine that Could with American Sign Language (ASL)” on Saturday at 3 pm.

We would like to extend an invitation to all CCC parents to attend part or all of the conference.  Registration is free for parents, but we do require that you register with us ahead of time.  If you would like to attend, please send an e-mail or speak to Seadra no later than 5:30 pm next Tuesday, Jan. 31.


The CCC Staff and Board of Trustees


thanksgivingDear CCC Families,

Last Friday we had a very successful and inspiring Staff Retreat. We wanted to extend our gratitude to all our families for this time together which allowed us to give thanks to each other and appreciate the unique, diverse, and wonderful community we create, live in, and serve daily.

To facilitate portions of our day, we had three of our CCC family members support: board member Jim Franke, Raccoon and Alumni parent Patricia Wong, and Raccoon Room Parent Rachel Schacht. Jim led us through a fantastic brainstorming session for the beginning stages of developing our new mission statement (more of this to follow). Patricia guided us through a team building cooking exercise! And, with Rachel’s support, the afternoon was spent at the Huntington, where we were inspired by their mission integrating art, literature, and botanical gardens.

We are so grateful to have had this time together. Thank you, from all of us at the CCC!


The CCC Stafforiginal-group

Annual Matching Campaign 2016

November 1st, 2016

Dear CCC Family and Friends,

We enjoyed seeing many of you at the annual pancake breakfast last Saturday. It was a great opportunity for children and parents to get to know each other, see old friends and celebrate the new school year together as a community!

As we diligently work to provide excellence in early childhood education, we are asking for your help to support our endeavors. While your children’s tuition covers the bulk of our operating costs, we also count on our families to help throughout the year both with participation hours and donations. In addition, this year we are fortunate to have an anonymous donor who will match all donations up to $5000 arriving before December 22nd, 2016. This doubles the power of your gift!

As always, we have several levels of support that you can offer:

  • Donations of $35 or above qualify you for a CCC classroom-logo T-shirt (adult and youth sizes available);
  • Donations of $75 or above qualify you for the shirt and an embroidered CCC Cap (adult and youth sizes available)
  • Donations of $125 or above qualify you for a shirt and/or hat, plus an engraved Giving Tree Leaf, engraved with your name to hang on the tree in our outside corridor
  • Donations of $175 or above qualify you for a shirt and/or hat, plus an engraved Child’s Endowed Chair for the classrooms
  • Donations of $325 or above qualify you for a shirt and/or hat, plus an engraved Growing Stone that will join amongst the others along our walkway and around the beautiful oak tree in the parking lot.
  • Additional shirts are $25. Additional or individual hats are $35. Pre-ordered shirts will be produced and delivered during the month of January.

Additionally, we are continuing our tradition of Amazon Wish List Donations. The staff have prepared wish lists on with items that families may purchase which will go directly into the classroom. Amazon donations will count as “cash” towards our matching goal and are a fun way to support our program and the unique curriculum we provide.

Instructions for shopping for CCC on

You can sign up for Amazon Smile which will apply a portion of purchases made towards the CCC:

  1. Go to amazon
  2. Type in “the children’s center at Caltech” as your organization search.
  3. Select “the children’s center at Caltech”

Then, search for the following Wish List links:
CCC Bunny Classrooms
CCC Dolphin Classrooms
CCC Penguin Classrooms
CCC Koala Classroom
CCC Raccoon Classroom
CCC Beaver Classroom
When purchasing a gift for the classroom from Amazon, please include a note with your name so we know who the gift is from (and so we may thank you!).

As always, any level of participation is welcomed and appreciated! Your generosity will ensure that your child, and children to come, continue to receive the high quality educational activities provided at the CCC.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the fundraising co-chairs: Julia Walkup or Jim Franke. We are hoping for 100% CCC community participation.

Thank you in advance for supporting our wonderful program!

The CCC Fundraising Committee

Pesticide Use – This Weekend

Good morning,

This weekend, several trees on our yards will be treated (injected) with the following fungicide and insecticide:


TREE-age Insecticide.

The trees being treated are the

  • Sycamore’s in the preschool yard
  • Sycamore and Oak trees in the toddler yard.

Signs are posted noting the specific trees to be treated. There will be no interruption of school activity on our yards, and children may continue to play as usual. This information is being posted and shared per the Healthy Schools Act. Specific data sheets are available in the office for viewing as requested.

If you have any questions, please let the office know.

Thank you!

The CCC Staff