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.
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 New Life Community 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 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 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 working, she loves watching movies and spending time with her kids. She attends central church of Christ with her family.
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 .is the proud mom of two boys who both 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.
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.
If you have questions concerning Campbell Christian's IPM implementation please contact the Preschool Director.