The vision of NBCC is to provide an early educational experience which enriches & inspires the minds of children.
Pairing current brain research with purposeful teaching, while also modeling social understanding, we are laying foundations for future academic and life success.
Our goal is to create a safe space that honors and protects each child’s unique interests. We encourage lengthy exploration to deepen critical thinking and we provide an inclusive environment where children learn compassion towards one another.
Play & Inquiry Based Learning
Natural Bridges Children’s Center is a play & inquiry based, child centered program.
Our constructivist philosophy lends to the belief that children learn best through interaction with others and through the exploration of their environment.
Our small student/teacher ratios (6:1), allow for individualized attention and reflective practice.
Early educators are committed to providing engaging & developmentally appropriate learning experiences and thread a STEAM focus throughout all of the learning domains.
Our educators are informed by NAEYC’s Best Practices and by the California State Department of Education’s Preschool Learning Foundations.
In understanding how children learn, NBCC teachers use the following principals to guide their work:
teach with intention
teach for understanding
Growth Mindsets & Mindfulness
Research has shown that positive mindsets lead to optimum learning. We teach the value of believing in ones own abilities and model persistence, resilience, flexibility, empathy, and optimism.
We also understand the importance of ‘mindfulness’ and take time each day to development children's awareness of themselves, their surroundings, and of others.
It is our goal to cultivate a community of compassionate and considerate friends.
Children thrive when exposed to different life experiences. NBCC will add to the deepening of children's neural pathways through enrichment learning.
These include: Spanish, Life Lab, Music, Art, Yoga, & Dance. We will have specialists in these areas join us for enrichment time each week and who will enhance your child's early education.
Inspired children are happy children!
Feeling a sense of belonging is a critical foundation in a child's healthy social emotional growth and well being. NBCC is an Anti-bias, inclusionary program whereas strong senses of self & family are nurtured, and where appreciation for diversity is encouraged.
Cultivating a strong community of friends is what we do best!
Part of NBCC's mission is to build bridges amongst our community; connecting the uniqueness of our diverse population.
We work collaboratively with our local & state agencies; the Santa Cruz Child Care Planning Council, Cabrilllo College ECE Department, and the Central Coast Association Education Young Children. We are a sponsor of the annual Central Coast Early Care & Education Conference and are committed to enhancing the quality of the early childhood education profession.
Children are the center of our work and it is our view that through collaboration and communication we are shedding light on the importance of early childhood education.
Investing in our children is an investment of a lifetime!