Preschool – SCC

A family atmosphere with a focus on educational excellence and the beauty of God’s creation

Saddleback Children’s Center has been serving families in our community since 1983.

Saddleback Children’s Center (SCC) is a Christian preschool and ministry of Community Lutheran Church that exists to provide a first educational experience for children 2½-5 years of age. All children need, expect and deserve to be guided in a way that will help them feel safe, happy, healthy and well adjusted. Our program will help children learn and develop to their full potential. We relate the Christian message of faith, love and acceptance to children living in a changing world.  Click here to view the preschool’s website

SCC is licensed though the Department of Social Services, facility license # 300606937.

SCC is an accredited school through The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We strive to meet the highest standards in an early childhood program. Our school has been accredited since 1992. To learn more about NAEYC accredited schools visit their website at

Our Staff

Our staff is required to hold credentials from the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing. Staff members also participate in professional growth including continuing education, seminars and annual conferences in order to keep abreast of new developments in early childhood education and continue to provide a quality program for the children.

Our staff is carefully selected to provide a loving and nurturing Christian environment while stimulating the children academically and socially. All staff members are experienced, well-qualified, and knowledgeable in child development. Kindness and consideration are modeled in both words and behavior. Positive reinforcement is used to guide children and help them develop a strong self-esteem.

All staff members are CPR & First Aid Certified.  Teacher/Child ratios are 1:8

Our Philosophy

We intend to promote the development of the whole child throughout their preschool education here: physically, socially, emotionally, creatively, intellectually and spiritually. We will provide a warm, safe, nurturing environment in a developmentally appropriate program. We respect and seek to meet the needs of each child by engaging them in positive experiences that will help children learn, grow and have fun. It is our hope that each child will leave Saddleback Children’s Center saying and believing, “God loves me, I am a good friend, and I love to learn.”

We believe that learning does not end in the classroom but continues in the outdoor environment. Learning centers extend to our outdoor playground allowing children to dig in the sand and garden areas, to take off their shoes for heightened sensory experiences, to engage in water play freely, to challenge gross motor skills, and to intentionally explore art, music, and dramatic play.

If you wish to receive more information or tour the preschool, please call (949) 858-0646 or visit our website at

Our Goals

  • to provide a Christian environment of love and trust in which a child can develop a positive self-image and sense of worth and competence
  • to provide a developmental learning center where children can interact freely and explore all that is available to them
  • to provide opportunities in all areas of development: cognitive, creative, social, emotional, physical and spiritual
  • to promote development of gross and fine motor skills
  • to foster language arts by promoting listening and communication skills through the teaching of different concepts about the world around them
  • to share the news of God’s love for children as unique and special people