From the Director:
The Woolsey - Claremont Street Branch is separated into two: we call the upstairs 'Claremont', and the downstairs 'Woolsey'. The converted house was built in 1900 with native redwood. Old gas - light fixtures still adorn the walls. The children ages 2 to 3 1/2 attend our upstairs program, and then go downstairs to become 'Big Woolsey Kids' when they are both 3 1/2 and potty-trained. Due to the age differences, there are variations in how these two programs work. The Claremont Program functions as a traditional Nursery School with a developmental basis. We do all the things that make Nursery School fun for children: music, art, playing, making friends, learning about the world, using words, and developing self-esteem. Academics (such as matching, learning A, B, C's and numbers) are introduced through art and music. The Woolsey program is a pre-Kindergarten. We stress 3 learning areas: learning skills appropriate for success in Kindergarten, science with a strong emphasis on vocabulary, and developmental art which encourages creativity at the expense of a finished product. Each of our 3 teachers is a specialist in one of these learning areas and the children will be exposed to all three specialists throughout the week. Through small group activities and projects that involve the group at large, it becomes clear that our children get a very rich pre-Kindergarten experience. Reports from grade school teachers are that Claremont children stand out as being well prepared both emotionally and academically for continued school success. Also from the Woolsey Program we provide after school services to our children who attend neighboring public schools. Extracted from Claremont Day Nursery School Preschool's Web-Site.