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About TCP

Committed to Excellence

The Community United Church of Christ in San Carlos opened The Children's Place doors to the community in September of 1981. Designed to meet the needs of working parents seeking a loving and nurturing environment for their children, TCP continues to offer a non-sectarian program with a qualified and experienced teaching staff.

At the Children's Place we are dedicated to aiding in the development of the whole child by offering a variety of activities that develop a sense of self confidence, creativity, and social development. Our purpose is to encourage young children to develop at their own pace allowing them to explore, create and experiment naturally. The program provides a variety of experiences in art, science, music, drama, gymnastics and movement.

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More About Our Progam

  •  The Children's Place offers full day programs for children 2 years (must turn 2 by September 1st) through Pre-Kindergarten. Your child may attend 2, 3, 4, or 5 days a week. Though we do not have a half day program your child is welcome to attend as many hours as you prefer during our operating hours. The tuition, however, remains the same. For an added per-occasion fee, part-time children may attend an additional day if space is available on the chosen day.

  • The Children's Place is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visitors are always welcome. Since the entire staff is often playing with the children, we suggest you call prior to arriving so that we may be sure there is someone available to speak with you.

  • We are open year-round. We are closed on the following holidays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Eve, Christmas day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, Martin Luther King's birthday, President's Day, Good Friday, and Independence Day. Depending on what day Christmas, New Year's and Independence day fall on, we may be closed additional days.

  • The staff begins arriving at 7:00 a.m. and continues arriving at half-hour intervals until 9:00 a.m. Each staff member is scheduled a one hour lunch break toward the middle of their workday. Except for one part-time employee who leaves at 2:00 p.m., the staff begins leaving at 4:00 p.m. and continues at half-hour intervals until 6:00 p.m.

  • The Children's Place shares Mahany Hall with the church. We have a variety of indoor play equipment such as hoops, balls, blocks, hippity hops, books, and art projects for the children to play with. Because this area is shared, we may not be able to gain access on all rainy days; however, it is a wonderful play space alternative for the children.

  • Toys are sprayed daily with disinfectant and cleaned more thoroughly on a weekly basis.

  • The staff has a staff meeting one day a month during nap time, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Substitutes are with the children during these times.

  • Our substitutes are recruited in a variety of ways. We have our own substitute list from which we pull teachers and we use a temporary care agency that supplies teachers when our substitutes are not available.

  • In-service days are usually scheduled during our regular staff meetings. In July or August, the staff participates in more in-depth in-service such as CPR/First Aide and curriculum planning. Substitutes are hired to work with the children during this time. When scheduling permits, the staff also attends early childhood classes and conventions.

  • Small class sizes (12 students with 2 teachers in each class)