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Celebrating ECSTEM 2018!

ECSTEM 2018 was a huge success! With your support we welcomed over 600 attendees from multiple states and several countries, and held over 40 workshops!

We are lucky every year to collaborate with multiple vendors in the early childhood field that bring their products to the conference to showcase. Several of these vendors donate (or offer at an extremely reduced rate) their floor models for the CCC to bring back directly to our classrooms. Below are a few of our new pieces received this year!

We were proud to have our one and only Julia Greer, aka “roller blade mom”  join us this year for a fabulous discussion that left the audience energized and inspired. Thank you Julia!

We also wanted to reach out and say thank you to our parent community for your continuing support of our work in introducing STEM concepts to the world of early childhood education! We know that school closure days can be inconvenient so we are so grateful to offer this day to our teachers to attend the conference and grow as professionals. We hope you will see the influence of their experience in the classroom and the benefit that professional development has on our community.

Thanks again,

Susan and the CCC Staff


CAIS Member Schools – Kindergarten Options

Good afternoon,

Please see the linked matrix of important dates for local private school Kindergartens. Below is some further information for parents of kinderbound children.

Kindergarten & Elementary Schools Options Night

  • Thursday, October 12 from 6-7:30pm at Westridge School – This annual event (for adults only) is hosted by CAIS member schools and provides an opportunity to speak with admissions professionals and discover more about these independent school options.

Integrated Learning Solutions (ILS) Parent Information Meeting

  • Wednesday, November 8th from 6:30-7:30pm at Chandler School – Eleven schools in the Pasadena Consortium have coordinated with Integrated Learning Solutions (ILS) for the developmental assessment portion of the kindergarten admissions process. CAIS encourages prospective parents wishing to learn more about the professional team at ILS and the screening tool designed for use in this process to attend this (adults only) evening program.

Thank you!

CCC Administration Team

CCC’s New Mission and Guiding Principles

Dear Parents and Staff:

We are pleased to announce that the CCC has a new Mission and set of Guiding Principles. With a near unanimous result, over 90% of our CCC community selected as our new mission:

To Nurture the natural curiosity of children as a foundation for life-long learning.

And, based on the input and voting from all of you, we have also selected five Guiding Principles to accompany the Mission:

  • Encourage critical thinking by incorporating STEM into everyday play.
  • Trust that children are active participants in the learning process.
  • Respect and care for each other and our surroundings.
  • Value diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Establish a happy environment that fosters creativity.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Mission Revision Project Committee, I would like to thank everyone who helped guide, and provided input to, this important project. The feedback we received from all the Parents and Staff was critical in understanding what is important to our community and therefore what our Mission should be.

The CCC Staff &
Jim Franke
CCC Board of Trustees
Facilitator for the Mission Revision Project

The Children’s Center at Caltech Earns National NAEYC Accreditation

The Children’s Center at Caltech (CCC) has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments.

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, the CCC went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.

In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.

“NAEYC-Accredited programs bring our definitions of excellence for early childhood education to life each day,” said Kristen Johnson, senior director of Early Learning Program Accreditation at NAEYC. “Earning NAEYC Accreditation makes the CCC an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”

For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit the NAEYC website.