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A Brighter Today

2220 Cedar Street
Berkeley, CA 94612

(510) 704-0266


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Mostly free choice play with the appropriate one-on-one therapies for child's specific condition. From interview with director 3/15/06

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
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

A Brighter Today strives to make a positive difference in the lives of children with special needs and their families. We are committed to helping young children find, use and strengthen their unique skills and talents and recognize their potential for being a member of the larger community.

We value play and experiential learning as an integral part of children's development and offer and environment that fosters children's individual growth.

From interview with director 3/15/06

A Typical Day

Circle time, free-choice play and outside play with specific therapies for child's particular conditions.

From interview with director 3/15/06

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • 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