Centro VIDA was established in April, 1975
Centro VIDA Children's Center is a bilingual (Spanish & English) toddler/preschool program providing subsidized and full-cost preschool care for 64 children ages 2 to 5 years old. VIDA, as we often and fondly refer to our program is our flagship program that was started in 1975. BAHIA provides a play-based curriculum that is age-appropriate and meets the developmental needs of children, and follows the Learning Foundations. Our classroom and teachers provide opportunities for children to learn through play and exploration in a warm, caring and bilingual learning environment. Children are bi-annually assessed utilizing the Desired Results Developmental Profile
This assists our teachers in planning appropriate learning experiences for each child that meets their age and a continuum of learning and growing goals/objectives. Parent conferences are provided bi-annually for parents to check in with teachers regarding their child's assessments and progress at Centro VIDA.
Centro VIDA is designed to promote a child's self-image, enhance and positive feelings about being bilingual and celebrate multicultural diversity through our curriculum and classroom activities.
Children are assigned to groups by their date and year of birth. Children play, learn, and work by age groups. Each named age group has a Lead Teacher and Co-Teachers:
Florecitas (2 year olds) 4 children: 1 Teacher and 3 assistants - 17 is the maximum group size
Corazones (3 year olds) 7 children: 1 Teacher and 2 assistants – 21 is the maximum group size
Estrellas (4 year olds) 8 children: 1 Teacher and 3 assistants – 24 is the maximum group size
One Site Supervisor monitors and supervises the children’s program, teachers, parent engagement, and Centro VIDA overall.
Centro VIDA's Daily Schedule
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 7:30AM-5:30PM
License Capacity: 65 Children
License Number: 010209542
Parent Involvement at Centro VIDA
As part of the parent and program agreement, parents are expected to participate and donate their time to their children’s program. This is an excellent way to contribute and familiarize yourselves with your child’s learning place. Centro VIDA parents donate annually 40 hours a year. Parents are encouraged to participate in the classroom through various activities at Centro VIDA and/or to BAHIA Inc.
Parents participate in the following activities (shortlist)
· Literacy – reading to children, assisting with our growing and strengthening our bilingual library
· Cultural awareness – attending our program and sharing cultural traditions
· Classroom repairs – Being available as needed to make small and important repairs (changing bulb, patch small holes, sand down a bench)
· Fundraisers – Assist in parent fundraisers and organizational fundraisers: Tamalada, Run/Walkathon
· Music enhancement – Share you musical talents and instruments and sing and/or perform for the children.