Children learn every minute they are awake. Learning cannot be stopped; it can only be directed. At Encino Presbyterian Preschool, the learning takes place through the child's actual experiences and participation in an environment which is structured to promote the optimum development of the individual child. The primary focus being the development of the child's self-esteem. This is done through... Caring teachers with positive teaching attitudes. Helping the child to develop growth and independence to make decisions and choices. Learning acceptable ways of expressing feelings. Peer interaction involving helping, giving and sharing. The classroom learning centers include areas for... Creative expression through art, music and handcrafts. Role playing and dramatic play to encourage the child's understanding of the adult world. Introduction to nature and science. Activities to stimulate cognitive processes such as storytelling, poetry and picture appreciation; language development and reading readiness. A wide variety of conceptual materials such as numbers and shapes. Outdoor experiences include sand and water play, woodworking, arts and crafts, riding toys, climbing experiences and activities which foster large muscle development; and areas which encourage role playing. Our parents play an important role in the child's school experience. We offer... Library for children and parents Art show/Silent auction Parent discussions Annual Open House Family Fun Day Parents serve morning snack on child's "special days" Teacher conferences Visits from community helpers Enrollment is open to children ages 2 through 5 years.

Families have the option of two, three or five days per week. Families may also choose either our morning or full day program. Children bring their own lunch. Tuition is payable on the first of each month. Medical approval is required of every child prior to initial attendance. Applications and additional information may be obtained by contacting the Preschool Director Cathleen Trapani or Assistant Director Anie Kederian at (818) 788-9442. Encino Presbyterian Children's Center accepts each child on a first come - first served basis regardless of gender, race, religion or national origin. Our hiring practices are non-discriminatory.