|Established in 1977, and recognized as a
national model for parent participation and community leadership,
the Mar Vista Family Center (MVFC) Preschool provides low-income
families with a comprehensive program that ensures that each child
receives the necessary support to excel academically and
developmentally. Established in 2008 in response to the needs of
the community, the Baby and Me Program offers classes for infants
and toddlers (ages 0-3) and their childcare givers to help promote
early learning and socialization skills.
How the Preschool Program Works
Mar Vista Family Center’s Preschool Program is a two-year program built on the center’s key philosophy that parents should be actively involved as partners in their children’s education. Parents learn the principles of MVFC’s Shared Responsibility Curriculum Model by participating one day each week as assistant teachers.
MVFC’s Preschool curriculum is designed to allow children to achieve age-appropriate physical, cognitive, literacy, social and emotional competence. This includes a comprehensive school readiness curriculum involving activities such as art, science, dramatic play, physical exercise, music, literacy and storytelling. Preschool graduates, who typically go on to attend MVFC afterschool and community programs, later become skilled and articulate youth and community leaders.
Baby and Me Program
This program has been named Baby and Me, recognizing that it might be the mother, father, grandparent or other caregiver attending with the young child. Eight-week class sessions are held for four age groups (0-6 months, 7-12 months, 13-24 months and 25-36 months). These tuition-free classes focus on key milestones in language, intellectual, social-emotional and motor development skills for specific age ranges, as well as what parents or child care providers can expect next in their child's development. The information is delivered through a variety of interactive activities that allow the parents or child care providers to socialize with their babies through play and music.
Early Childhood Certification
Mar Vista Family Center in collaboration with UCLA Extension has provided courses on-site for the Early Childhood Teacher Certification program since 1983. MVFC offers scholarships to parents that cover the costs of tuition and books. Classes were originally taught only in English, but beginning in 2007, in Spanish classes have also been offered. Since the inception of this program, more than 100 parents have received certification, enabling them to find employment as day care providers or preschool teachers.