Alexa’s PLAYC Preschool Classrooms
Alexa’s PLAYC offers preschool classrooms in both our San Diego and Murrieta centers that teach developmentally appropriate communication, cognitive skills and social skills. The program is based on the philosophy that children learn best when they are having fun, so our teachers are specially trained to use the children’s natural interests in their environment as teaching opportunities. Additionally, our low child-to-teacher ratio of one teacher to seven children, with a maximum of 20 children per class, including four to five children with an autism spectrum disorder, allows us to meet the individual needs of each child in the program.
The daily schedule provides activities that include indoor/outdoor play, quiet and active times, and projects that enhance large muscle/small muscle development. The curriculum helps children build social and self-help skills, while advancing their physical, creative and intellectual development.
Our research has shown that even the most advanced children benefit from learning settings that include children of different ability levels — by gaining social skills and a better understanding of individual differences.
Admission in the Alexa’s PLAYC preschool program is open to children ages 3 through 5. Full-day enrollment (9.5 hours, Monday-Friday) is required for children with typical development, with the option of extended hours at an additional fee.
Children with or at risk for an autism spectrum disorder attend a half-day session of our preschool program. These programs are available on a fee-for-service basis to children throughout San Diego County who are ready for an inclusion setting, but need more support than a community preschool provides. The morning program is open from 8:30 a.m.-noon with specialized inclusion services from 8:30-11:30 a.m.; the afternoon program is open from 2-6 p.m., with specialized inclusion services from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Each classroom is staffed by two specially trained early childhood educators and an autism education associate with extensive training in autism-specific methodologies. Consultation is also provided by a behavior specialist.
Learn more about our screening process and skills and abilities that we consider for successful participation in our inclusion program.