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History & Philosophy

Emmanuel preschool (EEP) was founded by Emmanuel Episcopal Church in 1973 as a service to the Fullerton community.  The neighborhood was new then and flooded with young families. At the time, and for many years after, Emmanuel Preschool was a three hour morning enrichment program.  Later on a "Lunch Bunch" program was added so parents could extend their child's day another hour.  In the 1990s we expanded to a "school day" program (8am to 3pm) and most recently to full day care.  Over the years we have adapted to our communities changing needs.
       One thing that has remained consistent is our hands on approach to learning and a commitment to providing quality care in a loving Christ-like environment.  Our philosophy is based on a constructivist approach which says that children learn through play, developing their own knowledge and skills by exploring their environment.  It's our goal to provide a rich environment prepared by the teacher, filled with toys, books, learning centers, manipulatives, sensory experiences, art supplies, loose parts, and building materials.  The children can explore their environment with the teacher as a guide and for support.
       Children also learn social skills at Emmanuel such as self-regulation, time management, and sharing.  There is a balance of time to explore and teacher directed time, as well as indoor time and outdoor time. We have also added our beautiful community garden to our school site. The children enjoy planting and harvesting their section of the garden.  Cooking projects often come out of this garden adventure as well!  The garden is a great laboratory for learning about science in a hands on way.
     Chapel time adds the spiritual aspect of our program and is presented in child appropriate ways.  Simple concepts, such as God made you, God loves you, etc. are presented through story and songs.  This rounds out our whole child approach.  We make it a point to nurture the whole child: body, mind, and spirit.  All in all, it is a well-balanced program that children enjoy, and because of that, they develop a lifelong love of learning!)

Quotes About The Importance Of Play

“Play is the work of the child.” – Maria Montessori
“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein
“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” – Mr. Rogers
“The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.” – Erik H. Erikson
“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” – O. Fred Donaldson
“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” – Carl Jung
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw
“Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.” – Plato
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” –  Fred Rogers

The above list of quotes is quoted from the following blog:
  We thank them for this great list in support of play based learning.

Happy Customers

  1. What a wonderful experience we have had at Emmanuel Preschool! Nurturing teachers, student driven curriculum and hands-on learning fill our son's days here. They grow watermelons in their garden that they get to eat for snack. He also loves the Spanish and Bible classes too. We feel so blessed to be part of this community.
    Laura Ann Torres
  2. My son and 4 of my grandchildren attended Emmanuel Preschool. Emmanuel Church doesn't just provide space for the preschool but a nurturing, supportive environment for the children and their families as well. I highly recommend it.
    Ginger Cash
  3. Emmanuel provides a wonderful preschool experience. The teachers are fantastic, and it's obvious they care deeply about their students. They provide a nurturing environment for students to learn and socialize. We have recommended Emmanuel to many family and friends.
    Jeremy Shively
  4. The child centered environment offered at this school is the perfect place for both my grandaughters! Activities are age appropriate and developmental. The dedicated, warm and caring staff give every child a place where learning is FUN!
    Pamela Branscum