What We Do

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We believe children learn through play.

Here at Cate ELC we implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and practices in an outdoor setting. Developmentally appropriate practice, often shortened to DAP, is an approach to teaching grounded in research that promotes young children’s optimal learning and development. DAP involves teachers meeting young children where they are by stage of development, both as individuals and as part of a group, and helping each child meet challenging and achievable learning goals.

We believe children learn through play. While engaged in play, children are not only expressing their creative nature, they are also making discoveries in their environment and attaching meaning to their experiences. They are associating words with objects, building on their vocabulary, and stimulating cognitive growth.

Our program enhances children’s play and learning experiences by providing routine and structure throughout the day, allowing children to organize and feel in control of their day. We provide a balance of teacher-supported activities with plenty of child-directed choices.

Our Infant and Toddler program is heavily influenced by the RIE philosophy. RIE encourages respectful interactions through caregiving routines while following the cues of each child.

Carpinteria Community Children and Families

In October 2014, Cate ELC opened its doors to the public. Community children are accepted on a space-by-space basis, and we are able to allocate 8 spots per year to children not affiliated with Cate School. Cate School employees have priority enrollment over all community members.

For more information, please contact the ELC at elc@cate.org or (805) 684-4127 x305.

The ELC is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. during the academic year.

Arrival Times
Between 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Between 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. for Infants