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Early Childhood Center

Hours of Operation & Calendar

Our hours of operation coordinate with the school day and teacher contracted time as follows:  

  • 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.*   Monday through Thursday

*Parents are encouraged to arrive at the center by 4:55 p.m. to pick-up their child. This allows ample time for you to collect your child’s belongings and converse with the teacher prior to closing.


It is imperative that you sign-in and sign-out your child each day. This is for your protection, as well as our record keeping. Children must arrive at the center before 8:00 a.m. daily. If your child will arrive late for any reason, please notify the center by 7:30 a.m.


Optional Child Care Available on PD Fridays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (advance sign-up required)

  • July 28th, 2023
  • August 18th, 2023
  • September 15th, 2023
  • October 20th, 2023
  • November 3rd, 2023
  • November 8th, 2023
  • December 8th, 2023
  • January 19th, 2024
  • February 9th, 2024
  • March 22nd, 2024
  • April 19th, 2024
  • May 10th, 2024
  • May 24th, 2024 - (until 2PM)

Calendar & Center Closures

Since the primary purpose of our program is to serve the Colorado River Schools Staff, enrolled children are expected to attend the center in conjunction with the School District Calendar.  With that said, parents will be charged for all absences (vacation/sick days) and the observed school holidays as indicated by asterisks below.

Center Closures – reopens from Summer Break on July 24, 2023

           Labor Day*          September 4th, 2023
  Thanksgiving    November 20th-24th, 2023
  Winter Break    Dec. 18th-29th, 2023
  New years Day*   January 1st, 2024
  Civil Rights*    January 15th, 2024
  Presidents’ Day*    February 19th, 2024
  Spring Break    March 11th - 15th, 2024
  Summer Break   starts May 27th, 2024


ECC Calendar

 Tiny T-Birds Parent Handbook


National Accreditation 
In July of 2013, the National Accreditation Commission awarded Tiny T-Birds accreditation for Early Care and Education Programs. The center is recognized as an early care and education program that exemplifies excellence in the care and education of young children.
Tiny T-Birds ensures a high
quality program for children
that is conducive to their
individual growth and
development, provides
professional training
opportunities for staff, and
demonstrates that the center exceeds minimum state licensing requirements for child care programs.


Quality First
Tiny T-Birds achieved a 5-Star Highest Quality rating from Quality First. Quality First, a signature program of First Things First, partners with regulated child care and preschool providers to improve the quality of early learning across Arizona. Research shows that children with access to high quality early learning programs are better prepared for kindergarten, do better in school, and are more likely to graduate and go on to college.

Early Childhood Center

Tiny T-Birds is a high school laboratory child care center serving the needs of infants through children five years of age, as well as MHS students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program. The MHS Family & Consumer Sciences Department offers this program as part of Arizona Career and Technical Education. As a component of the program, high school students observe, plan, and work with young children under the direct supervision of professional staff. These students also participate in the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student organization.

Philosophy & Statement of Services

Vision Statement

Our vision is to provide high quality early care and education to prepare young children for success in school and later life!

Mission Statement

The Tiny T-Birds Early Childhood Center operates under the supervision of the Colorado River Union High School District #2 and has a two-fold mission:

  1. To provide the highest quality of early care and education for children of faculty and staff.
  2. To provide a laboratory setting for high school students enrolled in the Early Childhood Program at Mohave High School.


Program Philosophy

Our philosophy is founded on our knowledge that early childhood development focuses on the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of children. We believe young children learn best through play, exploration, and discovery. Through play-based curriculum, children learn to express themselves, think critically, solve problems creatively, and interact positively with others.

Our program offers a balance of teacher-structured and child-initiated activities, as well as, frequent hands on activities that focus on the process of learning which helps children develop a greater love for learning. Our classroom environments are designed to support children at different levels of development to ensure children can participate in activities with equal success. Our teachers are trained at looking at the needs and interests of the “whole child” and spend a great deal of time watching, listening and speaking with children.


Our Program Goals

We strive to create and develop successful partnerships, by combining the parent’s knowledge of their children’s development with that of our professional staff. This collaboration supports the following program goals:

  • To provide a caring, safe, nurturing environment for young children
  • To provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum that engages children in activities to promote problem solving and higher order thinking skills
  • To reinforce positive behavior, self awareness and cooperative skills through the use of praise and positive reinforcement
  • To provide a well-balanced daily schedule that addresses all domains of learning and meets the individual needs of all children
  • To prepare young children to enter school ready and eager to learn