is an official demonstration site of
"The Outdoor Classroom Project"
Serving Temple City, San Gabriel, Arcadia, Pasadena, Rosemead, and the San Gabriel Valley since 1973
Playfactory Preschool is a non-sectarian program open to all children of the community & surrounding communities
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At Playfactory Preschool our Emergent Curriculum is based around the motto "PLAY IS THE WORK OF CHILDREN"
9723 Garibaldi Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780
Phone #: (626) 285-9223
Fax #: (626) 285-8234
Located on the corner of Garibaldi Avenue and Golden West -
parking lot and school entrance
is located off of Golden West -
*TEMPORARY ENTRANCE IS OFF OF GARIBALDI AVENUE*
NOTE: Pictures below are before and during the current Covid-19
Picture: Playfactory Preschool Staff
Playfactory Preschool Director: Lana Shifflet-Ragos
Playfactory Preschool Assistant Director: Tammy Singdale
Licensed by State of California (#191502175)
Monthly Good SamariTots meetings. Good SamariTots = "Little Hands Doing BIG
Located in a quiet neighborhood in Temple City
Ages 2 until entry into first grade (NOW OFFERING KINDERGARTEN)
Breakfast, Lunch, afternoon snack, and an evening snack are provided
Half-day enrollment options are available
Free annual vision, hearing, and dental screenings by trained professionals
Health and Fitness activities including yoga implemented on a daily basis.
(One of the important parts of our curriculum is that we teach children
the importance of healthy eating and exercise.)
Potty training is available
We are a "Nut-free" school (no tree nuts by themselves, in foods, in milks...)
A high-quality program promoting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children, based on modern scientific understanding of preschool-age child development
3 age-appropriate Outdoor Classrooms
Age appropriate "Outside Classrooms" provide a wide variety of areas
to explore in all aspects of development. Areas for exploration include
exploration zones to experience and explore areas based on
"Goals and Objectives" of development (literacy, gross motor,
fine motor, cognitive, social-emotional, language, science and technology,
arts, mathematics, social studies, & english language aquisition.
We are proud and honored to be an official recognised demonstration site
for the Outdoor Classroom Project. Our Outdoor classrooms will be continuously
updated to meet the needs of the children and program.
Large outdoor classrooms for social and physical development
Learning by Doing
Our education approach follows standard early childhood education practices.
Preschool children learn by hearing, seeing, doing, saying, and playing.
When we say "Play is the Work of Children"... we mean that! Young children instinctively
play because that is how they learn at that age. Our teachers guide the children through
a variety of fun, educational, age-appropriate activities such as lesson-oriented art projects, classroom cooking projects, music, song and stories. Students are grouped into four classes. Children will be promoted only after consulting with the parents and teachers so that
all are comfortable that the child is ready for transition. *So that children fully benefit
from our program and scheduled curriculum every day we do ask that children arrive to
school by 9:30am. This helps the children to stay on a consistent routine which is
very important to children. It is also very difficult for children who are already at school
and immersed in activities and or group times when other students arrive and their
Teacher stops the activity/interactions with the class to welcome and give the
arriving child comfort. Children's happiness and well-being are of utmost importance
to Playfactory. For the above reasons children must arrive to school daily no later than
10:30am or (with pre-approval from Directors) come after 2:30pm when naptime is over.
Playfactory curriculum includes a wide variety
of hands-on educational activities
Field trips are offered during the School year and our Summer program as well.
On sight and off sight presenters from our community are scheduled throughout the year.
We also have an exciting annual visit from the Temple City Fire Department
with a fire safety talk by a firefighter and we have monthly visits from the Temple City Librarian
who reads, sings, tells flannelboard stories, and much more. Some expeditions include
visits to the nearby Temple City Fire Department,Temple City Library the park, and to the Post Office.
Playfactory History and Philosophy
Playfactory was started by the Temple City Christian Church in 1973 to answer the needs of the community, with the increasing number of single-parent families needing high quality but affordable day care and preschool education. Partially supported by the church and located in the church complex, Playfactory is a non-sectarian program and welcomes children of all religions and creeds. Playfactory is a non-profit organization. Parents in need of tuition assistance should contact the Director for more information about programs which may be able to help.
Our philosophy is that children need a warm, comfortable non-competitive place to learn about themselves, other people, and the world around them. Philosophy is important because it affects everything we do in school. We believe each child can develop fully physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually in an atmosphere of love and trust.
Our philosophy determines the goals we set up for the children and also the program we employ to carry out these goals. A very simple way to determine one's philosophy is to ask, "What kind of adult do I want each child to become?" We want our children to become competent, self-confident adults. To this end, we accept each child for the individual they are and to help them develop a good self-image as a contributing member of society.
Highly Trained Experienced Educators
Our Educators are trained in Early Childhood Education and follow
the State Matrix for Continuing Education. Some of our Educators are parents, also!
Our Educators enjoy their profession, they relate well with children, and are
skilled in providing the loving guidance necessary for each child's development.
Our Educators are encouraged to attend annual child educator conferences and
schooling to further their own professional development. We are licensed by the State of
California. Educator (Teacher) to student ratio is low allowing for individual attention.
Student to teacher ratio is low allowing individual attention
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Playfactory Preschool is following guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division. Whenever the guidelines differ, we will follow the more rigorous requirements. Below are some of the safety protocols we have adopted. A detailed protocol can be provided upon request or we would be happy to answer any questions directly.
Screening - Upon arrival and prior to entering the facility, each child and staff member will be screened with a touchless thermometer. As we have done in prior years, children will wash their hands upon arrival, before and after meals, after outside play, after using the restroom, after coughing or sneezing, and as needed (at least every 30 minutes).
Exposure/Testing Protocols - If a staff member or a child develops symptoms throughout the day, a notice will be sent to families immediately via Hi Mama messaging. The notice will indicate whether the symptom(s) warrant closure and the Director will be in contact with additional information as soon as it becomes available.
Additionally, a detailed protocol has been adopted that addresses various topics such as close contact with an infected person, the development of symptoms, and when testing is required to return to Playfactory Preschool.
Masks - All staff will wear a mask/cloth face covering at all times. All children 2 years old and older will wear a mask/face covering except when eating, napping, or when physically distanced playing outside.
Sanitation - Toys, high-touch areas, bathrooms, and outdoor areas are regularly disinfected/sanitized throughout the day.
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