Serving the Greater Petaluma area

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Child-centered care

The philosophy of You & Me Children’s Center, Inc. is child-centered. We focus on the whole child; their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs. Each of these areas of development is interrelated. Children need many chances to interact with their physical and social environment in order to learn and gain an understanding of the world and their place in it. We can aid and guide this process by the questions we ask, by the goals we set, by the information we provide, and by the behavior we model.

An environment that helps your child grow

Our program emphasizes self-awareness, independence, self-esteem, communication skills, social interactions, cooperation and a sense of responsibility. Our goal is to provide an environment conductive to developing these skills while respecting each child’s unique mental capacities, emotions, skills and interests.


It is our role to assess where each child is along the growth spectrum and to provide a broad range of learning experiences for all of the children. A child's self-image is very important in the learning process.


They must feel that their ideas, feelings, and emotions are worthwhile. Through successful experiences, a child builds a sense of self-esteem. This feeling of confidence aids in further success and motivation for learning.

Playtime is important and can build trust

Play is a child's work. It is vital to a child's learning. It allows a child to express themselves and to organize and make sense of the world. Play provides a meaningful way to learn cognitive concepts and promotes social development.


Social sensitivity is learned slowly through many experiences. Through play children learn to initiate and sustain relationships with others, and to build trust and emotional maturity.

We give your child the opportunity to learn at his or her own pace.


An experienced, caring staff

Our staff of experienced teachers serves as positive role models. They provide care that is supportive, nurturing and responsive to each child. In maintaining our child directed philosophy, teachers plan a curriculum around the interests and needs of the children.


We understand that each child is an individual. Children develop uniquely and pass through stages differently. Our goal is to help your child reach their full potential. We look forward to working with you and your child.