A SENSE OF PLACE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AT THE ORANGE COUNTY PARENT CHILD CENTER…

OCPCC offers the only licensed, year-round, full-day childcare center for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in the immediate area. Our program is led by highly educated, well-trained, experienced teachers, who are committed to an enriching experience for every child.  We accept children from six weeks through five years. Enrollment is ongoing. We encourage families to visit our program at least one time before their child(ren) begin(s) attending.

The Early Education Program is co-directed by Renee Hinton and Melissa Clay. To schedule a visit or learn more specifics about our program, please contact either Renee or Melissa at (802) 685-2264 or email renee@orangecountypcc.org OR melissa@orangecountypcc.org.

 

Where real work is the best play and relationship is curriculum…

We believe play is truly a child’s work in the world and relationship is curriculum.  The rhythm and routines of our days are grounded in what the children and parents may encounter in their day-to-day lives, especially in the natural world around us. We focus on how to support curiosity, which instills a love of learning in each child and family with whom we have the honor of working in these crucial early years.

OCPCC strives to create an experience that keeps the physical space and materials simple and grounded by natural elements whenever possible. We believe children deserve to be surrounded by an atmosphere that models the rhythms of home and seeks connections to the natural world. We are committed to finding ways to stimulate and engage children in ways that do not require complicated toys. Instead, we want to model a place where parents see that children enjoy the simplest of things and can find joy, comfort, and routine in them as well.

Our staff is trained in child development, early childhood education, early childhood mental health, special education nutrition, CPR, First Aid, and other related fields. In addition to their professional knowledge, they have been selected for their warmth, understanding, and friendliness. It takes great skill to build a community that is diverse and supportive. We pride ourselves on building a staff that has a wide variety of experience and styles so that we can appeal to and serve all families with expertise and compassion.

We regard parents and caregivers as partners and encourage you to play an active role in the functioning of the program and in your child’s experiences in our programs.  There are many opportunities for parents to be involved  at OCPCC, either through serving on the Board of Directors, serving on committees, helping with fundraising, volunteering, or other activities. Parents are welcome to visit the program at any time, and we encourage you to let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Because our childcare center is just one program of the Parent Child Center, we hold an especially deep commitment to serving the whole family. We have access to many resources and programs that can help a family through a short-term period of transition or through a long-term difficulty. We like to say that if you have a question that relates to children or families, OCPCC can be your first stop for information. If we cannot help you, we can connect you with who can and we will maintain a connection with your family until you have found what you are looking for.