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 an essential 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 and responsibility.
Mrs. Erica Cayton earned her BS from UCLA, and after medical school, her MS in Biology from Dominican University of California. She discovered her love of teaching as a Physiology Laboratory Teaching Assistant for her master’s program. Mrs. Erica then earned her teaching credentials in order to join the CCS family. Both of her children began in the infant program at CCS. Mrs. Erica and her family attend Menlo Church in San Jose which she’s attended since 1982. It is also where she was married and baptized.
Bridget Crawford started working at CCS in August of 2016 after attending Campbell Church of Christ and helping with childcare for two years. She has two degrees from West Valley College. She has been married since 2004 and has two sons, both of whom attend CCS. Bridget has always felt the Lord guiding her to this school and feels blessed to be a part of this amazing family.
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.
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.
Miss Tiffany is a student at San Jose State University studying Child and Adolescent Development. She loves hanging out with her friends, trying the latest food trends, watching movies, and bullet journaling. She eventually wants to become an elementary school teacher, specifically working with 2nd/3rd graders. She attended the CCS preschool and was enrolled in many summer programs as well. She is so excited to be back and part of the team to see how God is working at CCS and in the students!
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 New Life Community and her favorite Bible verse reminds her that “God loves me totally, completely, and immeasurably.”
Blanca was born and raised in San Jose. She attended San Jose City to receive her Early Childhood Education and also has a bachelors in Psychology, has been teacher since 2001 and loves her work. She is married 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 working, she loves watching movies, reading, cooking, and spending time with her kids. She attends central church of Christ with her family.
Tara Thomas joined our staff in 2017. She was born and raised in San Jose, CA. Currently she is continuing her education at West Valley Community College. Miss Tara is a Campbell Christian alumni and enjoys working where her childhood memories came from. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her friends or relaxing at home. Miss Tara attends Hillside Church in San Jose, CA.
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.
Miss Inna has been with us since 2018. She was born in Russia and is very proud of her Armenian descent. Prior to moving to the United States in 1995 she worked as an interpreter for an American mission team when she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior. She has a BA in Linguistics, a certificate in medical billing and coding, and what she considers her biggest achievement, a BA in Bible and Theology. Inna has 24 ECE units from West Valley Community College and a California Master Teacher Permit. She spent 15 years working as a preschool teacher for a private preschool and kindergarten. Inna is married and has two lovely children. Her hobbies include gardening and collecting elephants. Miss Inna and her family attend Campbell Church of Christ.
If you have questions concerning Campbell Christian's IPM implementation please contact the Preschool Director.