Irvine United Congregational Church reopened the Early Childhood Center on July 5 with an eye toward keeping children and teachers safe.
Classroom size is reduced for each classroom. Each room is thoroughly cleaned daily, and children as well as adults are washing their hands frequently and wearing masks. Children and adults are screened for fever before being admitted. A total of 44 children are allowed in a space designed for twice that number.
The full-time program runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. A half-day program is available from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center continues to provide breakfast, lunch and snacks. Potty training is also available.
A limited number of spaces are available at Levels 3, 4 and Pre-K. Contact the Director Irma Rosales for more information at (949) 733-0228.
At the IUCC Early Childhood Center, young children grow in confidence, intellect, and character in a small, loving, and educational environment.
We offer a well-balanced, developmental program designed to meet each child’s individual needs. We emphasize hands-on experiences.
The ECC offers a hot breakfast and hot lunch, which the ECC cook prepares with fresh ingredients in our on-site kitchen.
Our curriculum is designed to meet young children’s physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs, and to prepare them to succeed in kindergarten. Children receive a strong foundation in social skills, cooperation, and conflict management.
Our preschool is centrally located in Irvine, on Alton Parkway, with convenient access from the 405.
The ECC reflects and promotes the open, affirming, and inclusive values of the Irvine United Congregational Church. Like IUCC, we teach children to challenge discrimination, prejudice, and stereotypes as they grow to respect and understand others. The ECC intentionally incorporates a culturally diverse, anti-bias philosophy in our classroom materials and curriculum activities and is non-discriminatory in admissions. ECC staff members are trained to be sensitive to differences in abilities, ethnicities, nationalities, languages, and family constellations as they interact with adults and children in our program.
Although we are directly associated with IUCC, a congregation of the United Church of Christ, the ECC affirms the values common to all religions, faiths, and people of good will, such as compassion, generosity, forgiveness, and peace. Because we respect diversity, when children ask questions regarding opinions on personal or religious beliefs, we will refer them to their parents.
Children grow healthy and strong in body, mind, and spirit in environments that support their needs and teach them to respect the diversity of humankind and to care for the Earth.
The ECC is dedicated to the well-being of children and families in the Irvine community. We demonstrate this dedication by providing the highest quality preschool experience for children, which we achieve through a caring, cooperative workplace in which human dignity is respected, professional satisfaction and creativity are promoted, positive relationships are modeled, and quality improvement is intentional and continuous.
Because of our association with Irvine United Congregational Church and the United Church of Christ, we value the religious traditions and faith journeys of all people. Our preschool is based on spiritual values common to all faith traditions, such as kindness, generosity, empathy, and respect for differences. All families and their children are welcome. We also emphasize good stewardship of the natural environment and gratitude for the blessings all around us.
Earlier information about COVID and the ECC
Parents were reassured with a letter about the preschool’s efforts to guard the safety of children at all times. You can read the letter here: https://www.iucc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ECC-parent-letter-3-5-2020.pdf