Preschool & PreKindergarten
CCS has offered a preschool program since its incorporation in 1967. The Preschool was founded to offer a safe, nurturing, family-like environment based on Christian principles to the parents of Silicon Valley. With over 40 years of excellence in education, parents can rest assured that our school is built on a firm foundation and distinguished lineage.
Our Preschool programs serve children in the following age groups:
- Transitional – from 2 years of age currently potty training.
- Early Preschool – 2 to 3 years
- Middle Preschool – 3 to 4 years
- Pre-Kindergarten – 4 to 5 years
We are licensed for 116 students daily.
The Early Childhood Center Preschool is committed to educational excellence in conjunction with Christian values. We provide an active learning environment where children can be individually challenged, work together as a team and develop an enthusiasm for life-long learning.
A child’s spiritual well-being is cared for by teaching the love of God and an awareness of His faith in them. Children learn to develop a Christian world view in order to find their place in the world and learn how to relate to authority, family and peers.
Curriculum and Learning
Educational research shows that preschool aged-children learn best through hands-on experience with people, materials, events and ideas. An active participatory learning environment is essential for providing the foundation for building the fundamental skills necessary for reading, writing and arithmetic.
CCS employs a Modified HighScope Curriculum as part of our preschool programs. The curriculum relies heavily on active, child-initiated learning experiences during which children plan, or express their intentions; carry out their intentions in play experiences; and then reflect on their accomplishments. Outcomes of such key active learning activities include the development of dispositions important to lifelong learning: initiative, curiosity, trust, confidence, independence, responsibility, and divergent thinking.
Wendy has been teaching at CCS since 2009. She was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. Mrs. Wendy studied Early Childhood Education at Foothill College after being a flight attendant for 15 years. She and her husband Ken have 2 children, Sydney and Sam. Mrs. Wendy enjoys watching her children play sports, baking, cooking and reading when she has free time. Mrs. Wendy and her family attend Central Church of Christ.
Lori Lee has been teaching at Campbell Christian since 2008. Before serving here, she had five years prior teaching experience. Mrs. Lori was born in Stockton, CA and grew up in Manteca, CA. She has a BA in Social Science from San Jose State and she studied Child Development at San Jose City College. She has been married for 21 years and has two sons. Mrs. Lori enjoys taking cake decorating classes, reading, scrap booking, going to the gym, searching for sea glass on the beach and having coffee with friends. Mrs. Lori and her family attend Campbell Church of Christ.
Michelle Limon was born and raised in San Jose, CA and joined the CCS in 2000. Her two older sons both attended CCS and her daughter is currently in Junior High. In her free time she enjoys family vacations, worship music, and read. Mrs. Michelle attends Westgate Outreach church.
Margo Martin has been teaching at CCS since 1987. She was born in Tacoma, WA and raised in Mountain View, CA. Miss Margo studied Child Development at DeAnza College. The way she incorporates singing and music into her interactions with the children makes her a favorite with all the children. When not taking care of young children, Miss Margo enjoys singing, reading, and doing crafts. She attends Palo Alto Church of Christ. Margo is also in charge of our Chapel program.
Stephanie Orong and joined CCS staff in 2005. She was born and raised in San Jose and attended West Valley College. Mrs. Stephanie has three children all of whom attended CCS. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching TV, looking at Pintrest and spending time with friends. She attends the Campbell Church of Christ and her favorite Bible verse reminds her that “God loves me totally, completely, and immeasurably.”
Linda Pence has been teaching for 30 years and has served in various roles at CCS over the last 20 years, while raising her three sons. Her patience and love of the Lord is evident in her work with the pre-K students, whom she's been teaching since 2009. She was born and raised in San Jose and attended DeAnza College. In her free time, Mrs. Linda enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and having coffee with friends. She is an active member of the Church of Christ.
Blanca is new to the team and is truly excited to be a part of wonderful loving school. She attended San Jose State to receive her Early Childhood Education, has been teacher for 16 years and loves her work. She’s been married for 19 years and has 8 children (Ulises, Christopher, Gabriel, Cecelia, Yesena, Raymond, Gilbert and Rosalie) and will be welcoming a granddaughter at the end of September. When she’s not cheering on her kids in football, softball or color guard, she enjoys to drawing, scrapbooking, cooking or making jewelry. But her favorite past time is enjoying a great cup of coffee with a good book! She attends central church of Christ with her family.
Yolanda Statham joined CCS in 2016. For over 20 years, she worked as a Sunday School teacher and nanny. She studied her Early Childhood Education at West Valley College. She's been happily married since 2009 and has two boys that attend CCS. Mrs. Yolanda was born and raised in San Jose. She enjoys reading, hiking, riding her bike and family movie nights. She attends Crossroads Fremont Church.
Angela Strader joined the CCS staff in 2016. She grew up in Florida, received a B.A. at San Jose State and her Early Childhood Education from West Valley. She was married in 2005 has two boys that attend CCS. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, camping and exploring new places. She attends Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos.
Malana VanPelt was born in San Jose, studied Early Childhood Education at DeAnza College and joined CCS in 2013. She as 2 kids who attend CCS elementary and has been happily married for 10 years. In her free time, she likes baking, camping, boating and spending quality time with my family and friends.
Ruth Welch has an enthusiasm and energy that are legendary at CCS, where she's been teaching since 1992. She combines over 20 years teaching experience with boundless creativity in her classroom. Mrs. Welch has degrees from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and San Jose City College as well as having special training in Orff Music, Literacy and Math Handwriting without Fears, the Barton System for Reading and Spelling to better understand and help dyslexic students. She enjoys making jewelry in her spare time. Mrs. Welch attends Westgate Church.