Stephanie's Family Child Care & Preschool
Please go to our "Get Started" page and fill out the form.
Tours are typically scheduled M , T & Th at 6:15 PM.
We DO NOT offer a PART-TIME program.
Our program is designed to serve families in need of full-time Child Care & Preschool. Child Care Spots, especially infant spots are difficult to find due to a lack of providers, the new "Safe Sleep" regulations, and limited spots in each Licensed Child Care. I know there is a huge need for full-time child care, and always want there to be availability for full-time working parents in need.
In my experience, children in full-time care thrive, connecting to caregivers and teachers rapidly, and find security in the consistency of a full-time program.
We DO NOT offer part-time or drop-in care.
We DO NOT offer a gradual start to our program. In my many years of experience in the field of ECE, children who are in attendance daily transition quickly, bonding with teachers and peers, and learning our routine. They feel safe and cared for, and enjoy the new experiences offered. The fewer days your child is in attendance the longer this transition takes and can be really difficult on your child. Consistency is key to an easy transition.
Our program serves Breakfast, Lunch, and an Afternoon Snack at no additional charge. All meals and snacks follow the Ventura Child Care Food Program requirements for a balanced healthy diet.
Our staff includes me, the Teacher/Director, and two (2) Preschool Assistants. The staff-to-child ratio in the Morning during our most active hours is 1:4. This is above the minimum licensing requirements and allows us to deliver a quality program while meeting the children's individual needs. In the afternoon our ratio drops to 1:6 for nap time and the end of our day.
Piper and Tallulah have been with, and around children, since they were 4 weeks old. At that time were handled by our breeder's grandchildren of various ages. They were chosen for our home and my program based on their temperament and raised using Puppy Culture. We chose Labrador Retrievers because they are great with infants to adults from puppyhood to adult dogs. Both Piper and Tallulah are fantastic with the children and are with them throughout the day except for meal times. We continue training with them as they are both still young and active at 2 and 2.5 years of age.
Our program is designed for children who are still taking regular naps. You can find more information on Nap Time under "Our Program."
While your child must be up to date on their regular immunizations, they are not required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to enroll in our program.
We are always working on self-help skills with all children. This is the foundation of successful potty training. We then look for signs of readiness, and a desire to use the potty. Opportunity is given to those children who take an interest and have the desire to use the potty. In my professional experience, if your child is ready, they will "potty train" themselves. If they are not ready, you may experience frustration for everyone, and end up in power struggles and persistent accidents that can easily be avoided by following your child's lead.
Yes, we are currently enrolled as a provider with the following programs:
Many programs only pay a portion of tuition/fees. Parents are financially responsible for fees/tuition not covered by the subsidy.
If you are receiving financial assistance from a program not listed above, please reach out as our program may be able to accommodate your subsidy.
All Children are welcome in our program. Our responsibility is to provide a safe learning environment for all children in care. We strive to meet each child's individual needs every day. Each potential enrollment is evaluated before moving forward. This is to ensure that we can meet the needs of your child and all the children in care with the current staffing experience and program provided. If you are concerned about your child's development please go to our "Early Intervention" page for a list of resources in Ventura County. Although I have experience working with children who have special needs, my program is Not Designed for Early Intervention.