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About Us

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Our Story

In 1985 Judy and Ted Young opened up Cabbage Patch Preschool.  They had grandchildren in need of care and, noticing there was a lack of available services in the North County, decided they would fulfill the community’s needs and their own family needs all at once.

In January of 1989 Janice Stevens purchased the business from the Young’s.  She implemented the school slogan “Teaching is Love made Visible” and designed a curriculum and philosophy, which followed that ideal.

On October 17, 2001 Janice’s dream came true.  She purchased the 2 acres which now house 3 programs at one location: the Beginning Preschool and Toddler Program, the Preschool Program and the School-Age Program.  Major remodeling was done along with the new name “Atascadero Children’s Center” to incorporate all three programs under one name.  Many upgrades have been made to the buildings and playgrounds; they will continue to improve as the years march on.

In June 2022 Harvest Torrey and Sara Yost, two long-term employees, purchased Atascadero Children’s Center from Janice and Mark Stevens.  Harvest and Sara plan to continue the same great experience all families have come to expect from ACC.

Our Philosophy

Atascadero Children’s Center, in partnership with parents, seeks to create an environment in which each individual is given the opportunity to understand that they are special and unique.  We commit ourselves to a student-centered curriculum of developmentally appropriate methods.  Teachers encourage and support children in a wide range of planned (structured and unstructured) activities.

At Atascadero Children's Center we are committed to assisting, encouraging and supporting children in their efforts to become self-sufficient and independent.  We understand that every child is a unique individual to be treated with respect, dignity and genuine care.  We, in partnership with parents, commit ourselves to create an atmosphere in which each child can realize their uniqueness and talents.  The goal of Atascadero Children’s Center is to build a bridge of knowledge between the child and the community, encourages the partnership between school and home, and gives each child a head start on a strong mind, body and spirit.  We believe all children have a right to quality care and education.  We have made this our primary goal.

Our Goals & Objectives

Academic and Intellectual Development

Atascadero Children’s Center offers students an environment in which they are both challenged and allowed to develop their intellectual potential in which individual needs and development are recognized. 

We achieve these goals by the following:

  • Encouraging students to be creative and curious so they will develop a life-long love of learning.

  • Providing opportunities for meaningful play that are based on the child’s individual needs, interests and abilities.

  • Acknowledging the different modalities of learning and providing opportunities and activities which build important foundations for future reading, math and other academic skills and pursuits.

Psychological and Social-Emotional Development

We assist parents in nurturing the emotional well-being of our students. Together with parents we work to instill in each child a sense of importance and self-worth. Our school environment is disciplined and respectful of our students. We foster sensitivity for all people and cultures.

We achieve these goals by the following:

  • Modeling acceptance of all.

  • Providing opportunities for interaction with other children in support of building positive relationships and conflict resolution skills.

  • Providing a warm, supportive environment in which children receive the nurturing and reinforcement they need to develop to their full potential.

  • Providing opportunities for the development of autonomy and independence and a positive self esteem.

Physical Development

We promote an appreciation of appropriate physical development and the gift of good health. Students are exposed to the value of teamwork, cooperation and joy in play. 

We achieve these goals by the following:

  • Providing opportunities for the development of fine and gross motor skills.

  • Providing instructional opportunities for development of motor and perceptual skills.

  • Instructing students in age appropriate developmental games and providing opportunities for practice.

  • Monitoring student behavior, encouraging sportsmanship, and fair play.

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