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Welcome to EmpowerME- Single Mom Strong's Preschool & Childcare Center

 

While single parents have the opportunity to volunteer in exchange for discounted tuition, EmpowerME serves all children, not just children being raised by single parents.  EmpowerME Preschool & Childcare programs make quality early childhood education accessible to all young children, by making it affordable, even on a single income budget.  The same level of quality care is extended to school-age children on all days that school is closed. The home-like environment, emphasis on values and culturally responsive programming encourage self-expression and emphasize social-emotional development, ensuring children become positive members of the community.

We promote the values of honesty, respect, gratitude, compassion, perseverance, responsibility and love. We emphasize that the Empowerment Center and its contents belong to all of us and demonstrate a care for each other and our belongings. The center is staffed by Early Childhood Educators, interns, volunteers and single mother members of our community.   

 
Location and Operating Hours


Designed to be a safe, fun, affordable resource to working families, we are currently offering Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K/Kinder Programs and School-age Non-School Day Care at our Citrus Heights (Antelope/I-80) location and Preschool/Pre-K at our Sacramento (Arden/I-80) location from 7am-6pm Monday- Friday (infant care ends at 5:30pm).  EmpowerME's warm, nurturing environment, works in partnership with families to provide individualized learning that supports your child's development We welcome all children regardless of race, creed, or national origin. Our Infant/Toddler Classrooms serve children ages 6 months to 3 years (not yet potty trained/training and/or verbally communicating). Children ages 2 (and potty training) to 5.5 (or entry to first grade) are welcome in our preschool/ Pre-K programs.  School-age children aged 5.5-13 are welcome for summer camp and drop-in care on any day school is closed.  We are licensed by the Department of Social Services and the State of California (Facility Number: 343622983/343622984 and 343624192).

EnrichMe - infant (Citrus Heights only)


Our infant program is the start of your child's journey with EmpowerME. With a small class size and low student/teacher ratio, nurturing caregivers support the development of the whole child. Offered to 6 students, 5 days per week (Monday through Friday), this classroom serves infants aged 6-24 months. Here, we focus on nurturing each infant in accordance with their Individual Needs & Services Plan, while enriching their environment through new materials and interactions with caregivers and friends. A child may move to the next classroom when they are at least 18 months old AND able to walk AND verbally communicate yes/no/ follow instructions.

Young infants will be fed and will sleep according to their own schedule. As they grow and start eating solid foods, their eating needs will change and the eating times will be adjusted toward the group schedule, as will nap time. During lunch, infants not yet eating table food will be served cereals and jarred foods. Parents are required to provide formula and baby food until their child eats table or solid foods.
 

3 days per week (as selected by parent)- Call for pricing and volunteer discounts

5 days per week AM: 7:15am-12:15pm (M-F)- Call for pricing and volunteer discounts

5 days per week Full Time (Monday through Friday)- Call for pricing and volunteer discounts

 

It's a fact that working single parents

usually have less time to interact

with their child(ren) and participate

in school activities than those from two parent families.  At EmpowerME, we will work to fill those gaps, starting with our focus on literacy.  Our goal is for the children of the Single Mom Strong Community to read above grade level throughout their period of involvement with our programs.  Currently only 45% of children in Sacramento County are reading at or above grade level, and that percentage is lower for children of single mothers.   We are striving

to change those statistics.

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Citrus Heights Preschool

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Arden Preschool

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Encourageme - Toddler (Citrus Heights only)


Our EncourageME program serves toddlers aged 18-36 months. In this classroom, we encourage group participation and begin to expose our children to a structured schedule and focused learning time that introduces name recognition, letters, shapes, colors, numbers and values, while they also learn through play. A child may move to the next classroom when they are at least 24 months of age AND potty training AND able work within a group, follow a schedule and successfully participate in learning time.

3 days per week (as selected by parent)- Call for pricing and volunteer discounts

5 days per week AM: 7:15am-12:15pm (M-F)- Call for pricing and volunteer discounts

5 days per week Full Time (Monday through Friday)- Call for pricing and volunteer discounts

Drop-In/Hourly – space permitting, must pre-register- $15 per hour- toddler 

EMpowerme - Preschool 

Our EmpowerME classroom serves students 24 months through entry to Kindergarten. In this classroom, we empower our children by creating a solid foundation to their education. Learning time is extended to include recognition and memorization of our names, letters, shapes, colors, numbers and values. Children also learn through play, while following a structured schedule. A child may move to the next classroom when they are at least 36 months of age AND fully potty trained AND able to meet at least 50% of our assessment standards (based on California Preschool Learning Foundations) AND they demonstrate the ability to be successful in a more academic environment.

3 days per week (as selected by parent)- Call for pricing and volunteer discounts

5 days per week AM: 7:15am-12:15pm (M-F)- Call for pricing and volunteer discounts

5 days per week Full Time (Monday through Friday)- Call for pricing and volunteer discounts

Drop-In/Hourly – space permitting, must pre-register- $10/hour non-volunteer - $8/hr volunteer

Educateme - Preschool/Pre-k

Our EducateME program is a preschool/Pre-K classroom that serves students 36 months through entry to first grade who have met the assessment standards and are ready to be educated in a more academic environment. In this classroom, we extend learning from recognition and memorization to comprehension, while also focusing on Kindergarten readiness.

3 days per week (as selected by parent)- Call for pricing and volunteer discounts

5 days per week AM: 7:15am-12:15pm (M-F)- Call for pricing and volunteer discounts

5 days per week Full Time (Monday through Friday)- Call for pricing and volunteer discounts

Drop-In/Hourly – space permitting, must pre-register- $10/hour non-volunteer - $8/hr volunteer

Thanksgiving, SUMMER & Winter break CAMPs

Break Camps are a special program of EmpowerME, offered at a DRAMATICALLY REDUCED RATE in support of our community.  We accept up to up to 28 school-aged students per session, 5 days per week (Monday through Friday).  Enrollment options include:
5 days/ week (Monday through Friday) – 9 hour maximum 7:30am- 5:45pm                

$159/ week two-parent household/non-volunteer

$99/ week single-parent household (volunteer)

NON-SCHOOL Day CARE

We're open on all the days your school is closed!  We accept up to up to 28 school-aged students on pre-scheduled dates of school closures.  Contact our office for a list of dates for the current school year. Care is offered for a maximum of 9 hours between 7:30am- 5:45pm                

$33/day two-parent household/non-volunteer

 $30/day single-parent household (volunteer)

SAMPLE Daily Schedule- Preschool

Designed to help young children learn in a variety of formats and transition effectively between activities, below is a sample daily schedule of our Preschool Program:

 

7:00-8:00am:  Arrival and Check-in (reading and coloring for early arrivals)

8:00-9:15am:   Learning Center: Art/ Blocks/ Technology/ Drama/ Sand & Water/ Science/ Music/ Math

9:15-9:30am:   Clean Up and Bathroom Breaks

9:30-10:15am:    Playground Free Play

10:15- 10:45am:  Wash Up and Morning Snack 

10:45- 11:15am: Values or Theme-Based Group Activity

11:15- 11:45am: Circle/ Story Time

11:45-12:00pm: Clean-up and Bathroom Breaks

12:00-12:45am: Sack lunches (all attendees present after 11:45am must bring a sack lunch)

12:45- 1:00pm: Rest Time transition

1:00-3:00pm:    Rest Time

3:00-3:15pm:      Clean-up and bathroom breaks

3:15-3:45pm:      Outside afternoon snack (weather permit)

3:45-4:30pm:      Playground Free Play

4:30-4:45pm:      Bathroom Breaks

4:45-5:00pm:      Group Activity

5:00-5:30pm:      Free Play

5:30-5:45pm:      Clean up and bathroom breaks

5:45-6:00pm:      Closing activities

SAMPLE Daily Schedule-

All Day Pre-K

Our second preschool room, meets the needs of children closer to entering Kindergarten: those who have transitioned out of taking mid-day naps or are enrolled in a half-day TK program and looking for before/after care. Participants will be given regular assessments to ensure a successful transition into kindergarten:

 

7:00-7:30am:  Arrival and Check-in (reading and coloring for early arrivals)

7:30-8:30am:   Learning Center: Art/ Blocks/ Technology/ Drama/ Sand & Water/ Science/ Music/ Math

8:30-8:45am:   Clean Up and Bathroom Breaks

8:45am-9:30:   Playground Free Play

9:40-10:00am:  Wash Up and Outside Morning Snack (weather permitting)

10:00-10:30am: Values or Theme-Based Group Activity

10:30-11:00am: Circle/ Story Time

11:00-11:15am: Clean-up and Bathroom Breaks

11:15-11:45am: Sack lunches (all attendees present after 11:30am must bring a sack lunch)

11:45-12:00pm: Rest Time transition

12:00-12:30pm:  Story Time

12:30-1:30pm:    Rest Time

1:30-1:45pm:      Clean-up and bathroom breaks

1:45-2:00pm:      Outside afternoon snack (weather permit)

2:00-2:45pm:      Playground Free Play

2:45-3:00pm:      Bathroom Breaks

3:00-4:00pm:      Group Activity

4:00-5:00pm:      Free Play

5:00-5:15pm:      Clean up and bathroom breaks

5:15-5:45pm:      Closing activities

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