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Sugar and Spice Center for Children (Alameda)

2238 Mariner Square Drive
Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 865-1055


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music more

More Information

  • Musical instruments
Visual arts
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The goal of Sugar and Spice childcare is to foster and promote the growth of each child. By promoting a positive self-image for each child we hope to enhance and stimulate his or her development. We strive to create a warm and loving environment in which children can discover the richness and joy of growing up.

We provide an atmosphere with the tools needed for exploration and rich experiences. Each age group is encouraged to participate in music, conversation, play and learning activities.

Extracted from Sugar & Spice's Web-Site

A Typical Day

During this time children participate in structured group activities, inside activities, breakfast, outside play, stories, singing, and lunch. Each week a letter or number is chosen for a theme. During that week children may participate in various activities relating back to the letter or number of the week.

For example, if 'R' is the letter of the week, students might eat raisins, participate in an 'R' activity such as running and practice the roar of a Lion. This educational philosophy is used in conjunction with 'Sesame Street' publications received from PBS. Sugar and Spice uses these publications for suggested educational activities surrounding children's programs found on PBS.

The afternoon program is intended to be a more restful time for children. An afternoon nap is taken during this time along with outside or inside play, story time, class time, singing, and afternoon snack.

An hour nap is scheduled in the early afternoon to allow children to wind down from morning activities. Non-sleepers may read books on their mats and rest quietly. Each sleeping area has lullabies, books, and special rest time toys. Please send a small blanket or any toy you feel will make your child more comfortable. Please be sure to label all items.

Extracted from Sugar & Spice's Web-Site

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Welcome meeting: an informational meeting will be scheduled after you have enrolled. We will schedule a mandatory one-on-one meeting.

Monthly newsletter: please consult our monthly newsletter to learn about upcoming events and new topics being introduced to your child.

Teacher conferences: each child will have a parent-teacher conference every six months. Parents may feel free to request additional conferences to address any questions or concerns.

Children accepted year round; wait list may be available. Families should call to schedule appointment to tour facility and meet the admissions director. Priority given to siblings.

Extracted from Sugar & Spice's 2005-2006 Parent Handbook

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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