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Before & After Care

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Childcare is available to children who are enrolled in any of our classes. The children are welcomed into the childcare environment before (7 a.m.–9 a.m.) or after (12 p.m.–6 or 6:30 p.m., depending on location) their classes. At our Danville and Livermore locations we have childcare from 7am-9am and again from 12pm to 6:30pm.  At our Dublin location we have childcare available all day from 7am-6:30pm.  The Montessori childcare environment provides a friendly place for children who need a longer day at school.

The areas of the childcare classroom are arranged to give the child choices of activities throughout their stay. As in our other programs, there is a head childcare teacher. The art, dramatic play, constructive/manipulative, snack, and reading areas are designed to draw the children’s attention and provide a creative outlet for them. In addition to the options on the shelves, the children are invited to circle time, where special projects, presentations, songs, stories, movement activities, and expressive language opportunities are engaged in daily.

Special projects might include art, cooking, movement, music, and science. The children also enjoy the large outside playground. The Montessori principles are followed in the childcare environment, providing continuity with the classroom experience. The children in this environment have an opportunity to work/play with their friends in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere.

A Typical Childcare Schedule

While daily routines can vary depending on the campus, weather, time of year, and special events, a typical day follows the schedule listed below. For more information, please contact our administrative office or talk to your child's head childcare teacher.

7:00-8:15 AM Early morning welcoming, all activities open, eat breakfast
8:15-8:30 AM Morning circle
8:30-9:00 AM Playground activities
9:00 AM-12:00 PM Class time/Morning Childcare where applicable
12-12:30 PM Lunch
12:30-3:00 PM Nap time OR
12:30-1:30PM Playground activites for non-nappers
1:30-3:00 PM Group presentation and/or individual work time/snack
3:00-3:30 PM Group presentation, including special project/featured activity
3:30-4:00 PM Free choice/work time/individual snack
4:00-5:00 PM Playground activities
5:00-6:00/6:30 PM Circle time/quiet time inside

Before and After Care Program Goals

Communication Development
Supporting your child's verbal, non-verbal, and listening skills for connecting with family, friends, and beyond.
  • Reinforcement of vocabulary through repetition with new words for new activities
  • Sharing and answering questions during circle time
  • Learning and repeating songs, poems, and games
  • Conversing with friends and teachers while engaged in activities and projects
Growing Brain Power
Providing an enriched environment and the personal relationships to make the most of your child's amazing brainpower.
  • Becoming aware of causes and consequences with activities and friends
  • Visual problem solving with complex puzzles
  • Using building toys for 3-D construction
  • Decision-making skills through practical life, art, and dramatic play activities
Building Relationships
Helping your child develop trust, self-confidence, and problem solving skills for positive relationships with friends, parents, and teachers.
  • Strengthening relationships with teachers and friends individually and at group circle time
  • Developing positive problem-solving skills through teacher modeling
  • Fostering empathy by working with younger and older children
  • Learning to wait by taking turns with activities
Helping Healthy Bodies Flourish
Nurturing your child's physical well-being through active play and body awareness.
  • Outdoor free play to develop large muscles
  • Construction materials, puzzles, art, and practical life to develop fine motor skills
  • Healthy snacks to help children make good nutrition choices
  • Regular hand washing, nose blowing, and good toileting practices help to keep children healthy
Creativity and Individual Expression
Promoting an atmosphere that inspires your child's unique character through art, movement, music, and dramatic play.
  • Special themed art projects as well as free choice exploration
  • Lots of singing and dancing during circle
  • Housekeeping and dress-up areas for dramatic play
  • Puppets, dolls, and animals for personal expression

Discovery Camp

Fountainhead offers Discovery Camps 4 weeks out of each year. These specialized, age appropriate camps are available for one week at the end of Summer session, Winter Break, Spring Break, and the end of the year before Summer School starts. These camps feature full day and half day options and will include on-site field trips, low teacher/student ratios, and before and after care options from 7 am-6:30 pm. Parents love the added structure and enrichment options during these special weeks. Any before and after care used on these days applies to your max or hourly childcare rate depending on how much childcare you use in the month. Please keep in mind that just like childcare only days you must sign up in advance so we can plan for your camper to join us.

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Sample Schedule of Discovery Camp

7:00-8:15 AM Early morning welcoming, all activities open, eat breakfast
7:00-9:00 AM Childcare (if applicable)
9:00 AM Campfire Circle
9:20-11:45 AM Camp activities based on daily/weekly themes
11:45 AM-12:00 PM Camp wrap up/pick up
12:00-1:00 PM Chowtime/Outside play
1:00-2:45 PM Continuing Camp Activities (nap if applicable)
2:45-3:00 PM Campfire Circle/pick up
3:00-6:00/6:30 PM Childcare (if applicable)

Observe a Class

By observing a class you will get a feel for the environment and curriculum. Feel free to observe multiple classrooms to make sure you have the best fit possible for your child.

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Goals of the Classroom

Our classrooms, which we call the prepared environment, will allow your child a great deal of independence within a defined structure.

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Goals of the Classroom

Our classrooms, which we call the prepared environment, will allow your child a great deal of independence within a defined structure.

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About Our Staff

Ninety percent of our head teachers have over 10 years of Montessori classroom experience. They are loving, creative, respectful, and supportive educators.

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Is Montessori right for my child?

Observe a class and see if Fountainhead is the best placement for your family. By observing a class you will get a feel for the environment and curriculum. Feel free to observe multiple classrooms to make sure you have the best fit possible for your child.