Early Childhood Program

The Early Childhood Program at Coast Episcopal School has been created to support and nurture the natural growth and development of young children and offers them a nurturing and supportive Christian environment for the transition between home and school. Understanding children and knowing their interests and needs is our highest priority. The “child” is our curriculum. Carefully chosen materials and resources allow children to observe, manipulate, investigate, discover, and interpret their world through varied and open-ended activities. We know that each child is unique, and we create a stimulating atmosphere where children are encouraged to discover the joy of learning but are not subjected to undue pressure. Play is the young child’s work, and it is through play that important foundational lessons are internalized. Play is a natural process for growth and development. Play activities are utilized to assist children in learning about themselves, their friends, their feelings, and their world, facilitating growth of the mind and body.

When the child is ready, he or she reads, writes, masters number concepts and begins to reason and solve problems. Learning the rules, routines, and responsibilities appropriate for each age helps each child to develop the security needed to take risks, to feel good about themselves, and to have positive learning experiences. Completion of the Early Childhood Program means that students are ready academically, behaviorally, and emotionally to succeed in the Elementary Program.

Toddler Town
18 Months - 3 Years
The Toddler Program at Coast Episcopal School is designed for children who are eighteen months to three years of age with the goal of supporting and nurturing their natural growth and development. The program runs Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for half day enrollment and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for full day enrollment. 
Our environment is designed to help children develop by allowing them to build upon the world they know and understand with new and challenging experiences.
We believe that play is the primary occupation of children at this age and that through play, young children learn more about themselves, their peers, and their world in general. During supervised play, children gather information while feelings of fear, anger, and frustration are minimized. Through language, poetry, stories, music, art, and games, we encourage and stimulate our young children to discover and express themselves. 
We understand that growth is orderly, structured, and predictable. However, we are also aware that all children demonstrate rates and patterns of growth specific to their individual natures. We believe that children instinctively realize their own readiness for various tasks, and we provide an atmosphere that allows children to develop at their own natural pace. This ensures that their first experience in a social, learning environment is a positive and successful one.

I love my school because it is a happy place, even the chickens are smiling.

CES Preschool Student
3 - 5 years old

The Preschool Program at Coast Episcopal School has been created to support and nurture the natural growth and development of young children. The program runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. for half day enrollment, or from 7:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. for full day enrollment. Aftercare is available until 5:30 p.m.

We offer an environment that helps children understand and build on the world they know. The typical day includes plenty of self-directed and teacher-directed play and activity, from reading to art to music, as well as lots of time on our unique playground. Children learn about the world around them by exploring classrooms designed to foster imagination and creativity, participating in daily, themed group learning activities, planting vegetables in our garden, and understanding the importance of community during outdoor playtime.

CES Preschool Garden