M.A.W. (Mother's At Work) Children's Centers are educational centers for young children. The centers are operated by M.A.W. Inc., a private, non-profit tax-exempt, California Corporation. We do not discriminate against race, religion, creed or national origin.
The Centers were founded in 1971 with funds loaned from St. Mary's Medical Center of Long Beach, Memorial Hospital Medical Center of Long Beach and Dr. Ida Pearce, President of M.A.W. Inc. We were one of the original centers in the Long Beach area to offer infant care (at this time we do not offer infant care) as well as care for preschool age children.
We currently have one location in Lakewood. This Center offers a full day program Monday through Friday for children ages 2 to 12 years old. Children in our preschool programs do not need to be toilet trained to be enrolled.
In addition to our preschool program, we offer an extended day program for school age children ages 6 - 12 years old. The extended day program includes care before and after school from a local public school.
In each pre-school class we have one teacher for each group of 10-12 children. All of the teachers specialize in the field of early childhood education and the centers encourage their continued education.
Each group receives instruction and experience in language development, math, science, health, art, music, physical development and dramatic play. The outside equipment is designed for large muscle development.
A hot breakfast is served in the morning at 7:25 a.m. Hot lunches are served daily along with a snack at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Our nutrition program is supplemented by the Child Care Food Program, State Department of Education and the meals served meet their nutritional requirements.
We are licensed by the State Department of Social Services to give care and meet all the standards of that department. License numbers: 191601006 and 198001514.
The Center has its own Educational Director, Shelia Palmer, who supervises the curriculum planning and evaluates each child's needs and selects an individual program for him.
Our year-round hours of operation for the pre-school program are from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our school-age program operates during the school year from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Currently we are closed for summer vacation and will reopen a week before school resumes.