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Small Size Big Mind

3300 Bridge View Isle
Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 521-8025


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

For children ages 3 1/2 +, our program includes a Kindergarten readiness.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We want Small Size Big Mind to be a welcoming place where everyone feels good. We want to be an important part of and to support the local community. Our program includes social and emotional intelligence. We have a very diversified and multi-culteral curriculum.

A Typical Day

Our program is flexible. Our days include storytime, felt board, magnetic board, building blocks, lacing, outside play, imaginative play.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent-teacher meetings/conferences - 1 to 2 times per year; open door policy.

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
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year