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Southwest Community Nursery School

327 A Street
Bakersfield, CA 93304

(661) 327-7267


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe that the children and their parents must be accepted as they are....that each parent and child will make a special contribution and that each parent and child will learn from his or her nursery school experience according to his or her own needs and interests. Membership in a co-operative nursery is a family experience. The education of parents and of children is considered to be equally important. Our purpose shall be to provide a program of parent education through the many aspects of adult participation that furthers understanding of child growth and development, family life, human relations and the assumption of responsible leadership in the community. We believe both in freedom of expression and the necessity of democratic control of children and parents....for the health and safety of the children, and in order that the school may function well. Thereby, parents and children my achieve the maximum amount of pleasure and learning from their experience.

The Southwest Community Nursery School offers many opportunities for the pre-schooler for experimentation, problem solving, and the use of imagination. Our aim is to contribute to the growth of ideas and stimulate a curiosity as a basis for learning at later age levels.

For our children an opportunity:

To be themselves and develop at their own rate.
To express themselves through using art and play materials freely, constructively, and creatively.
To learn to be tolerant, creative, cooperative, and imaginative.
To learn to be independent - able to solve their own problems and do things for themselves.
To enjoy a nursery school experience which will simplify adjustment to elementary school and social situations.
To learn to establish close relationships with adults other than their family.
To develop better peer relationships.
To learn limits of behavior regarding safety, health and respect for the rights of others.
To build feelings of self-confidence and security and as acceptance of reality.
To extend and enrich their understanding of the world.
To increase their ability to handle their emotions constructively.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school