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US Coast Guard Child Development Center

Coast Guard Island Building 16
Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 437-2740


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

It is our intent to help with the growth of the whole child, the individual needs and each individual stage are met through an atmosphere of play.

The goal is to provide an environment that is rich with stimulating develompental activities. Furthermore, we have an outdoor environment that encourages learning through play. This assures that each child will be successful and thus build self-confidence and competence needed in future schooling.

We endorse the Developmentally Appropriate Practice Philosophy of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and The National Academy of Early Childhood Programs accredited the ISC Coast Guard Alameda Child Development Center.

The Academy administers the only, national, voluntary, professionally sponsored accreditation systems for all types of schools and child care centers. The Academy is a division of the NAEYC, the nation's largest organization of the early childhood educators. This prestigious accreditation has only been achieved by 7% of early childhood programs nationwide.

A Typical Day

A child in the preschool is a day when the child will have fun learning the developmental skills through play. Children learn about the world through concrete and real experiences , through self initiated play and developmentally appropriate activities provided by caregivers.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Open house and conferences are scheduled for parents to attend.Parents have their own choices of what school they want to enroll their child.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Transition process of about a week of abbreviated schedule is followed. The child will come for a couple of hours one day and then gradually more.