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ICRI International Child Resource Institute (Alameda)

2001 Santa Clara Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 522-3194


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We are a play-based preschool which believes that children learn through play as well as by doing hands-on activities. Of course basic concepts are taught, but we don't force an academic curriculum on our children. Activities are set up to introduce concepts as well as challenge skill level.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

More Information

  • Math skills are addressed in various ways.
Time & space more

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  • Time and space skills are addressed in various ways.
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • CDs and tapes
Visual arts more

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  • Visual arts are included in our program.
Physical activity more

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  • Our program includes lots of physical activity and movement.
Other subjects taught No

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers identify individual needs and design the curriculum to meet each child's needs. We document areas of concern and conduct intense follow-up as well as strategies for resolving the areas of concern.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

ICRI's model child care operations continue to grow and thrive. In the last three years, we have grown our child care operations from one center with 8 staff serving 30 children to four centers with 50 staff, providing high quality child care services to 200 children and families.

Our centers are intended to display child care models, aspects of curriculum planning, and program implementation to the world. Our centers, all located in the San Francisco Bay Area, are in line with ICRI's commitment to providing high quality programs for children while reflecting the rich cultural and ethnic diversity that is testament of the San Francisco Bay Area.

As our centers are located in different geographical and demographic settings, each center is tailored to meet the unique needs of its community, while promoting high quality programs.

A Typical Day

There will be free play, structure time, circle time, and indoor and outdoor activities. Your child will have 2 snacks, lunch, and a nap.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have 2 formal parent/teacher conferences per year in addition to daily spoken contact and several all school events.

The school also has a graduation/potluck.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Visits with parents and child prior to start of school.