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The Mulberry School

207 Alvarado Road
Berkeley, CA 94705

(510) 540-5778


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The Mulberry School is a private preschool located in a quiet Berkeley hills neighborhood. It is a child centered learning environment in which children build skills, form positive relationships and gain confidence as they transition from home to school.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Waldorf, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

We are a play based preschool with an indoor/outdoor program. Our philosophy has been influenced by the work of Magda Gerber, Rudolf Steiner and the Reggio-Emilia approach.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • 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:

Our teaching approach is to offer a wide range of age appropriate and stimulating materials and to be receptive and responsive to the interests shown by the children.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our dedicated staff is team oriented. We meet daily after school to discuss all aspects of The Mulberry School, including individual children and their families, our emergent curriculum and its implementation, upcoming events and parent teacher conferences. Our teachers regularly attend continuing education classes and seminars and are all child CPR and First Aid certified. We enjoy and outstanding record of staff retention.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are a play-based preschool with an indoor/outdoor program. The Mulberry School children have a wide range of choices when they enter school in the morning. Indoors they may choose to paint at an easel, engage in one of the art, science or cooking projects, play with large and or small hand toys, engage in dramatic play or simply sit in the library and hear a story. They may also choose to go outdoors where they may paint or draw, dig, plant or water, run, jump, skip, climb, slide or bounce. Our philosophy has been influenced by the work of Magda Gerber, Piaget, Rudolf Steiner and the Reggio Emilia approach.

A Typical Day

The Mulberry School day is a joyful childhood experience. Please call for a more detailed description.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

New families receive a detailed Parent Handbook. They may attend the yearly open house in July. Scheduled Parent/Teacher conferences take place after school from October thru December. There are daily opportunities for parents and teachers to interact throughout the school year.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our teacher to child ratio ( 1 to 5) enables teachers to have a one on one relationship with a child who is having separation difficulties.