Our child-centered approach to learning promotes self-discovery and fosters interactive and hands-on learning. Rather than adhering to a predetermined curriculum, programming is based on each child’s developmental needs. A strong emphasis is placed on helping children develop increasingly complex social skills and providing encouragement and support as they become members of both a larger peer group and, eventually, the broader community.
Where Curiosity Meets Learning
Our program combines children’s curiosity and desire for knowledge with their enjoyment of fun, engaging activities. Each week, a different theme is explored through age-appropriate games, crafts, hands-on learning, reading, and other educational activities. Special events and parties are planned throughout the year and linked to certain holidays or weekly themes.
Intergenerational activities, in which the children of our childcare join the “grandmas and grandpas” of our adult day program, also occur daily, Monday through Friday. Activities include art, dancing, reading, exercise, gardening, cooking. Participation in intergenerational activities is voluntary; children do not have to participate if they are not ready to do so. Additional activities and entertainment vary from day-to-day and are reflected on the calendar.
For an additional fee, Hearts & Minds Activity Center’s staff will provide potty-training.
Santa Clara County Library’s Bookmobile
The Bookmobile, a mobile library service, visits the center for one hour every two weeks and provides children with access to a number of resources including fiction and non-fiction picture books, multilingual material, and music.
In preparation for kindergarten, additional activities and tasks are added and tailored to each child’s academic and social needs in order to improve the child’s self-esteem and increase their sense of responsibility, focus, and imagination.
Breakfast and a snack are provided daily. We accommodate various dietary restrictions. During snack time and meals, children are encouraged use proper manners, serve themselves, and try new foods.
Please review the details of our admission process below. At your earliest convenience, please schedule a 30 minute tour of our childcare center below or call Rosa Barneond at (408) 279-7515. We do not offer drop-in tours.
How to Enroll
Contact Rosa Barneond at (408) 279-7515 to schedule a thirty-minute tour of our childcare center.
Our online application is currently inactive. Please contact Rosa Barneond for a copy of the application. Your application will be reviewed, and you will receive a response in one to two business days. Submission of this application does not mean that your child is enrolled in the program.
Once your application has been approved, schedule two free “play visits” prior to the child’s start date, each of which will be one-hour in length.
Any child two years old through entry-level first grade is welcome, including those who are not potty trained.
Each child must attend at least two set days per week. There is no minimum hours requirement. While we do allow parents to switch their child’s days of attendance, please contact the center in advance to find out if there is availability on the requested day(s). Additional days may be added as needed. Please contact the center at least twenty-four hours in advance for availability.
Call us at (408) 279-7515 for more information regarding rates and to see if you qualify for any of our funding sources.