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The La Cañada United Methodist Children's Center is a ministry of the La Cañada United Methodist Church. We are a small, state-licensed, family-oriented preschool for children ages 2 - 5 serving the La Cañada Community. We offer year-round programs with flexible and extended hours and toilet training is not necessary for enrollment and there is no additional charge for children in diapers.

Since our inception in 1989, we have provided children with a balanced experience of intellectual, physical, emotional, and social development that helps prepare them for future learning. It is our philosophy that toddlers and preschool-aged children learn best through play. We encourage children to use exploration and creativity to grow into new ideas and develop their own thoughts and ideas. Our teachers are trained in Early Childhood Education and strive to assist the children in building a foundation for school readiness skills. We have also found this also enables confidence in students as well. 

The La Cañada United Methodist Children's Center is a non-profit, Christian school that welcomes children of all faiths and backgrounds. Our classes consist of a low teacher/child ratio in a caring and supportive atmosphere. We foster play-based education with Art, Music, Science, Math, and Kid Fit. Our teachers encourage activity within our extensive natural outdoor play space. 

Our Most Current Teacher/Child Ratios:
1:4 for 2 Year Olds

1:6 for 2 1/2 Year Olds
1:8 for 3 Year Olds 

1:6 for 3 1/2 Year Olds
1:8 for 4 and 5 Year Old's

Beliefs and Curriculum

We believe in and support the uniqueness of each family and child. We nurture and encourage each child to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Our curriculum is designed to stimulate these areas of learning in a developmentally appropriate manner. The daily schedule, curriculum, and activities for each group are posted in the classroom and available to parents.

The four and five-year-old class features the Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read and Math Programs. 

The Children's Center offers the following weekly enhancement classes as a part of our educational program.


  • Lucky Ducks - A health, dance, fitness, and aerobics class

  • Music with Mr. Andy - A developmentally appropriate, delightful, and Lively Music Class

  • Karate4KidsUSA - A fun class which teaches non-aggressive conflict resolution, stranger awareness, and strange animal safety that is available for ages three and up (Optional) 

  • Chapel - A fun time of singing and learning about God's love lead by our parent church La Cañada United Methodist Church

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