Scotts Valley Children’s Center offers learning environments for children 6 months through 6 years old based on the philosophy and methods developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Scotts Valley Children’s Center is located within easy access of Highway 17, serving families commuting from Santa Cruz and San Lorenzo Valley, as well as Scotts Valley families.
Our programs support the whole child’s development; academic, social and emotional. We encourage independence, self-confidence and peaceful conflict resolution. We encourage the child’s natural drive to learn through an assortment of interesting learning activities carefully presented in a structured manner.
Children are introduced to the wonder and variety in the world around them; countries, people, animals, plants, textures, colors, foods; so that they may become interested and accepting of diversity and respectful of all around them. The classroom curriculum includes practical life activities, language, foundation and advanced math experiences, phonics, science, geography, art, music, children’s literature, and fine motor skills. We carefully observe each child and tailor projects as much as possible to challenge each child at their own level.
Interspersed throughout the day we have free play outdoors in a large yard, and the children grow flowers and vegetables in the garden.
Children take great pride in independence and we encourage that wherever possible. They take out and put away projects and materials. They help to keep their classroom clean and orderly and are encouraged to dress and undress themselves as needed.
We offer a variety of schedules including half days, partial weeks and extended day care. Our center is open from 7:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. We have a morning half day program with a pick-up time of 12:30 for children 3 to 6 years old and 12:15 for children under 3. Our full day program offers up to 9 hours of care. We require a minimum schedule of three half days per week, and can develop a schedule that includes a combination of full and half days if needed.
Scotts Valley Children’s Center is conveniently located at 255B Mt. Hermon Rd., Scotts Valley, California, between Long’s and Safeway. We have a 7000 square foot playground with a park quality structure, large sand box and garden.
We have two sister schools, Quail Hollow Montessori, located in Felton for families seeking care in the San Lorenzo Valley, and Little Acorns Montessori in the Live Oak district of Santa Cruz.