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Alameda Headstart

2325 Clement Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 865-4500

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Vision: To advance education, wellness and quality of life for children and their families in the community of Alameda.

Mission: Alameda Head Start dedicates its services to:

* Children, by reliably enriching their lives through quality child development programs.

* Families, by responsibly creating opportunities to empower and enrich their lives.

* Alameda, by compassionately entrusting these services to strengthen individuals and enrich interrelations in the community.

A Typical Day

* Breakfast
* Circle time
* Free play
* Outside play
* Lunch
* Nap (for full days)
* Snack
* Free play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Home visits and family partnerships with every family, parent classes, special staff (family advocates who are assigned to work with parents).

We have workshops and presentations to bridge the gap between preschool and kindergarten for parents and children.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on