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Early Childhood Center

The Early Childhood Center (ECC) has created a comprehensive plan for the 2020–2021 school year that prioritizes the health and wellness of our community members while providing an on-campus learning experience. We look forward to welcoming our ECC students to campus. 

Daily Schedule

Tiny Torreys and junior kindergarten schedule will allow time for staggered beginning and ending of the day, specialty classes, snack, lunch, rest time and large motor playground time with no two groups in the same shared place. Click here for the ECC schedule.

Tiny Torreys

Drop-off 8:30–9 a.m.
Pickup 2:30–3 p.m.
ECC/K Lot (Eastgate Mall)

Junior Kindergarten

Drop-off 7:45–8:15 a.m.
Pickup 2:40–3 p.m.
ECC/K Lot (Eastgate Mall)

Early Childhood Center Webinars


Key Dates

  • August 13, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.: ECC Virtual Back-to-School Meeting
  • August 17, 8-10 a.m.: ECC student COVID-19 testing
  • August 19: Staggered first day; In-person learning begins; Half of the class arrives
  • August 20: Staggered first day; In-person learning begins; Other half of the class arrives 
  • August 21: All ECC students arrive 

At-Home Morning Routine

Before coming to school, we ask all families to perform daily temperature checks and fill out a health screening questionnaire for their child. Students with a temperature of 100.0 °F or higher should stay home. Parents/guardians will be using a software called SchoolPass to submit their health questionnaire. More information to come.

Arrival and Dismissal

Both arrival and dismissal procedures will be curbside. Parents and guardians are currently not permitted inside the center to minimize the spread of germs. For arrival, you will drive up the ECC parking lot and a staff member will conduct temperature and health checks on your child. Teachers will walk students to the classrooms.

For dismissal, you will drive up the ECC parking lot and the teacher will walk your child to the adult waiting in their vehicle. Parents/guardians will secure children in car seats. 

Families with children in multiple grade levels will utilize the earliest drop off time and the latest pickup time.

Clothing and Face Masks

All students must have two sets of clothing, including an extra pair of shoes and socks, and an extra face mask. Masks must be properly fitted over the nose and mouth and can be made of various materials only if it is form-fitting. Acceptable masks include cloth masks, disposable non-surgical grade masks and KN95 respirators. Unacceptable facial coverings include bandanas or similar loose face coverings, and masks with an exhalation valve are not allowed as they do not protect others by preventing the dispersion of aerosols.

Student Cohorts

The ECC Bubble Cohort follows the current state and county guidelines for preschools, which requires that a group of no more than 12 children, plus classroom teacher and associate, exist within a defined location with no mixing between any other groups or individuals. Teachers and staff remain solely with their Bubble Cohort.

Indoor/Outdoor Classrooms

  • There are two classrooms for Tiny Torreys and three classrooms for junior kindergarten, with each having a designated outdoor classroom. They are easily accessible through the rear exit of the classroom. They are designed to promote physical distancing and increased opportunities to be outdoors. 

  • The ECC courtyard and junior kindergarten pergola are shared meeting spaces for full cohort activities, specialty classes and for speech and language therapists to work with individual children.
  • Rainy Day/Heat: Given our indoor/outdoor learning model, we are prepared to run a rainy day/heat index schedule (similar to a snow day) whereby students and teachers will engage in the day's content from home. We will attempt to closely monitor the weather to provide advanced notice. The heat index of 100 degrees or higher for the coast will be used for closing campus and switching to online learning.

List of 4 items.

  • Early Care/Extended Day

    We know several of our families rely on our Extended Care options. As our first priority is the health and safety of our community, this service will be modified. Morning drop off for Extended Care will start at 7:30 a.m. We are still finalizing plans for Extended Day that honors our cohort model. Please fill out this survey to help inform our plans for Extended Day.
  • Snacks and Lunch

    Our dining services, SAGE Dining Services®, will prepare and deliver morning and afternoon snacks, which will be served by classroom teachers. Full-day students may bring lunches in nonporous or disposable containers. Students may bring water bottles. All lunch containers and water bottles must be clearly labeled with the child’s name and taken home daily to be washed.

    The Early Childhood Center is a no nuts allowed environment and families are asked not to bring any of these products to school.
  • Communication/Technology

    • Tiny Torreys and junior kindergarten programs will use Seesaw to support connections and communication. This is a digital portfolio where teachers post students’ work providing families the opportunity to view their child’s learning and engage with school happenings.

    • To support ECC students with live-streamed Zoom or pre-recorded lessons hosted by ECC and specialty teachers, 42” display screens have been added to each classroom.
  • Transition from Home to School

    To help with the transition from home to school, several events are planned to increase children’s and parent’s/guardian's comfort levels and prepare for a successful first day of school. We will begin with a Parent Zoom Meeting on July 27, individual classroom visits the week of August 8, and a staggered first day of school on August 19 and 20. Information and invitations will be shared in the coming weeks.

Early Childhood Team

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Maria Curtis

    Maria Curtis 

    Director of Early Childhood Center and Extended Day Program
    (858) 453-3440 x191
  • Photo of Payton Hobbs

    Payton Hobbs 

    Head of Lower School
    (858) 453-3440 x120
  • Photo of Marsha Poh

    Marsha Poh 

    Lower School Dean of Faculty and Students
    (858) 453-3440 x229
  • Photo of Meiling Hager

    Meiling Hager 

    Lower School Administrative Assistant and Attendance
    (858) 453-3440 x161
The ECC team is ready to embrace and challenge our creativity in developing new opportunities for our students and families.


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