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Cornerstone Children's Center

2407 Dana
Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 848-6252


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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
Visual arts
Physical activity more

More Information

  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

A developmental curriculum emphasizing social skills, creativity, problem solving, self esteem and spiritual nurture. Extracted from Cornerstone Children's Center website 3/5/06

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Every child is treated specially. Teacher understand each child has different need and will adjust to the child versus the child adjusting to the program. Teachers goals are to see the children flourish in all areas of development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Cornerstone is a play based school where the whole child is embraced in a positive environment to develop and grow in all areas of development.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

A parent-friendly environment with nursing on site, opportunities for parenting education, classroom involvement, scholarship help, and extra hours options. Extracted from Cornerstone Children's Center website 3/5/06

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on