Since 1949 CVPNS has been providing multi-level learning experiences for adults and children. The preschool instructor/director and parent educator, Charlene Giffin, has spent most of her career working in the adult education arena within the cooperative preschool/parent education world. She holds a California Child Development Site Supervisor Permit and a California Adult Education Teaching Credential. She has studied at Diablo Valley College and Brandman University. She has served as a Professional Growth Advisor for Diablo Valley College, worked as a certified Pre-K Classroom Assessment and Scoring System Assessor, a facilitator for programs such as: Positive Parenting Program, Adults and Children Together, Raising Safe Kids, and Developmental Assists. For over ten years she was a Board member on the Contra Costa Chapter of California Council of Adult Education (CCAE). She is currently a member of CCAE, California Association for the Education of Young Children and California Association for the Education of Young Children.
Charlene loves the outdoors, kayaking, hiking and running. She is married, has two adult sons and is the youngest of seven children. Her large extended family consist of fourteen nieces and nephews and thirteen great nieces and nephews. She embraces the philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child and the unfolding of a child’s learning experiences starts with positive, reciprocal relationships. Relationships are the foundational keys to fostering a child’s social, emotional and cognitive development. The guiding philosophy of CVPNS is to help parents and children to be responsible, respectful, resourceful, and resilient. These guiding principals start with the establishment of solid relationships, engagement and interactions. Everyone in the classroom matters and is a valued contributor to the program. Everyday in our classroom is a gift, and each day is “not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breaths away,” author unknown. Everyday, every action and reaction affects the life of an individual, often many individuals. It is often the small things that have a profoundly positive impact on the life of a child, or a parent. It is in these everyday moments, in these everyday interactions, in the unfolding aha moments of learning that children discover the wonder and excitement of learning along side their peers and adults in the program. Through play, exploration, engagement, and stimulating activities we nurture the creative, naturally inquisitive minds of children. Expanding upon a child’s interest with intentional and reflective teaching, children learn to be responsible, respectful, resourceful, and resilient. We invite you to join us for a year of exploration, excitement, and the fostering of relationships and support that often last well beyond the program’s completion.