OCC offers early childhood programs for children from 13 months through six years based on the Montessori Philosophy and Method of teaching young children, which encourages individual, whole-child development. Using this approach, we strive to achieve a balance in each child’s physical, social, emotional, and academic development.
Our aim is to aid the children in their development of order, coordination, concentration, and independence. These are the basic principles of a Montessori education, and are achieved through the use of the Montessori Materials in a prepared environment.
The Montessori Philosophy stresses the importance of the interactions between the child, the teacher, and the prepared environment. This prepared environment has the aim of rendering the child independent of the adult. Through the use of both didactic apparatuses and orderly, sequential materials, this is achieved. Montessori primary environments include the following areas of focus: Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language, Science, Geography, and Art.
Montessori classrooms are designed to appeal aesthetically to the child. The shelving, furniture, and activities are constructed in proportion to the children and their needs. The walls are decorated with fine art, photographs of children, child-made quilts, and the children’s own work. Materials and activities abound on the shelves throughout the classrooms. All of our classrooms offer opportunities and materials to stimulate the children’s age-appropriate exploration and development. Our emphasis on prepared environments extends outdoors as well.
Our Children’s Center offers an enclosed natural playscape, allowing for safe, enjoyable outdoor play. Here children learn through play with natural elements such as dirt, sand, water, rocks, wood, and living plants. .
We have two classrooms for our toddlers: A Younger Toddler (~13-24 months) Class and an Older Toddler (~24-36 months) Class.
Programming is offered 2 (T/R), 3 (MWF), or 5 (M-F) days per week for both Toddler Classrooms, with both half and full day options available. Before and after school care is available for both Toddler classrooms (7:30-5:30).
Staffing in these classrooms offer adult:child ratios of 1:4 in the Younger Toddler Class ad 1:6 in the Older Toddler Class.
At OCC, we offer four Primary classes for children turning three years old through six years old (at the start of the school year). Three of our Primary Classrooms offer full week (M-F) programs, with morning (8:50-12:30) and full day (8:50-3:30) options available. Our fourth Primary classroom offers a partial week, three day (TWR) program, with morning (8:30-11:30) and full day (8:30-3:30) options available. Before and after school care is available for all Primary classes (7:30-5:30).
A limited number of half day openings are available in the primary classes.
Our primary class sizes are limited, allowing for optimum individualized instruction, while also encouraging independent and exploratory learning.
OCC is offers Kindergarten experiences licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education within each of our Five-Day Primary Classrooms. Children with a minimum of one year of Montessori experience who are also 4.10 years of age by September 1 will be considered for Kindergarten placement. Recommendations for subsequent placement will be determined based on each child’s overall developmental progress. While special emphasis is placed on the shoe tying, hand writing, and the academic areas of reading and writing, the primary goal for our Kindergarten students is that they develop a strong sense of self, others, and community. Whether by engaging in works independently, investigating solutions to problems, assuming classroom responsibilities, or helping younger friends, our Kindergarten Program encourages the development of academically prepared, confident, community minded, independent learners.
OCC Kindergarten programming is Monday – Friday, 8:50 – 3:30, with before and after-school care available (7:30-5:30).
OCC is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, admissions, and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability or performance. OCC does not discriminate against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.