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Kiddie Kampus Co-op Preschool

1711 2nd Street
Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 521-1218


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

From the Director:

We compliment the play-based emergent curriculum with activities that enrich and expand children's knowledge of the world. We also provide weekly themes with relevant and meaningful activities that address all learning styles and span the play centers.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Easy readers, abc games, striking visuals, access to a full spectrum of literacy-building tools
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives, pattern blocks, dominoes
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Timers, atlases, globes
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Water tables, sprouts, shells, rocks, nature guides, science experiment books
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Piano, live music demonstrations (cello, guitar, drums, French horn)
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • A full shelf of easily accessed art materials
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Play house, a log cabin, climbing wall, balance beam, stilt buckets, basketball hoop
Other subjects taught Art appreciation, languages, foods, games, literature, music and movement

From the Director:


Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of Kiddie Kampus Parent Cooperative is to offer pre-school age children and their families a dynamic, hands-on early childhood program which is play-based and arts-rich.

Our emergent curriculum takes its cues from the children's interests and honors their natural intelligence and imagination.

We provide a full spectrum of developmentally appropriate activities that address all learning styles, evoke young children's curiosity and nurture a lifelong love of learning. We offer inviting playstations and educational resources that enrich individual growth, encourage exploration and creativity, and expand knowledge. Our activities include dramatic play, music, movement, gardening, recycling, open-ended art, storytelling, nature study, outdoor games, languages, cooking, science, math, literacy building games, self-help skills, and a year-round study of world cultures and traditions.

We believe that the best learning comes from intrinsic motivation. Here, parents and teacher work closely together to help children make wise choices, to offer guidance, model positive anti-bias behaviors and help children peaceably resolve conflicts.

Parents who participate at Kiddie Kampus are the backbone of our program and appreciate the opportunity to get fully involved in their child's preschool experience.

At Kiddie Kampus we provide a safe, nurturing environment that works with the whole child - socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. We know that once motivated, each child, a unique individual, can grow to his/her fullest potential, lovingly nurtured by caring parents working closely with a professional educator.

A Typical Day

All children ages 2.9-5 years arrive at 9am.

At 9:15 the young Pandas come inside for circle and music, then return to the playground.

At 9:30 the Lions come in for circle, which incorporates activities to develop pre-K literacy skills and encourage critical thinking and more advanced problem solving.

The Lions remain in the classroom for a 40 minute free play period while the Pandas play outdoors.

All reconvene at 10:15 for potty, hand washing and snack.

After snack, the two groups gather for stories, then switch.

At 11:30, the Pandas go outside and working parents clean the space.

The day ends with a closing circle and dismissal at noon.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We do this via the following avenues: conferences (formal and informal), parent education trainings at General Meetings, postings of local services and thematic curriculum on Parent Boards. We do however provide Kindergarten readiness workshops and information to parents.

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
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We start with the parent accompanying their child, then gradually weaning them from the parent as they start to integrate with the school community and bond with individuals. Children need the assurance that the parent will return and that they will not be abandoned. They also need to bond with another caring adult.