Facility and Staff – Midtown
Caring Connection Children’s Center at J Street is licensed for 31 preschool children by the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing. We are located in a rented facility attached to the First United Methodist Church on 2100 J Street. Our entrance through the parking lot between 21st and 22nd streets, surrounded by a rainbow painted fence. The entrances to Caring Connection is through the security coded gate. Visitors will be greeted, however, all enrolled parents will be given the code.
Our center is comprised of two large spaces. In the back classroom space is where our Transitioning Preschoolers have their class times. It houses our changing table, one of our bathrooms, the children’s cubby areas and nap mat storage. We have areas designed for younger children in language arts, circle time, nature and science, math and building, dramatic play, and art…lots of room for art! Of course, there is plenty of tiled space for prepared snacks and lunch.
This space was the original preschool for teachers studying at Sacramento City College. Then for the past 25 years, a well-known program rented this space. In 2012, Julie Jenkins located this available space and re-licensed it as Caring Connection Children’s Center, Midtown Campus.
Julie’s goal was to create a natural, play space to inspire children to learn through curiosity, wonder, and nature. On the older blacktop, we embellished the space with a dry creek bed. This has provided an amazing natural learning area for all types of science and safe water play, weather permitting. We did retain the large climbing structure and slide that is on a raised, padded area and surrounded it with a decomposed gravel path perfect for pulling a wagon or riding a trike. The yard is dotted with a variety of plants, banana trees to Japanese maples, herbs and flowers. Central to the playground is a custom created sandbox shaped like a boat and lovely dock made of pallets. The one thing that we know is that the yard will continually change and transform.
Upstairs, out of range of the children, is our full kitchen where we prepare breakfast, lunch and three snacks. We do have a small capacity refrigerator and handy snacks for immediate needs, as well.
When at full capacity, we will operate with three class groups, sharing the two large classroom spaces and alternating the use of the indoor and outdoor spaces for the best development needs of the children.
The Midtown Classes
Our class groups are The Buddies (2-3-year-olds), The Pals (3-4-year-olds), and The Friends (4-5-year-olds). All of our age groups are based on development, not birthdays so this is just a guideline for parents. We happily accept children who are still in diapers and will work as a team with parents to assist in Independent Toileting. The Transitioning preschoolers or the Buddies’ class will be limited to approximately 6-8 children who are younger and learning to use the toilet or are still being diapered. The Pals’ class comprised of 8-10 children and Friends’ class aiming for 11-12 children. There are 5 parking spaces on the east side of the rainbow fence, designated as Preschool spaces. These are available for drop off.
Julie Jenkins devoted 30+ years to up leveling the way adults teach children about behavior. She put her philosophy into print in 2004 in Enlightened Discipline.