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UC Berkeley Harold E. Jones Child Study Center

2425 Atherton
Berkeley, CA 94720

(510) 642-7031


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

'The children's day is organized to allow for substantial uninterrupted periods of play and work... In addition, staff offer directed activities at regular intervals, and the children and free to choose among these projects.' From UCB Preschool: Child Study Center website

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 'Field trips into the community explore the University campus and preschool film programs at the Pacific Film Archive. Additional instruction during the week by specialists in dance/movement and gymnastics enriches the curriculum.' From UCB Preschool: Child Study Center website

From the Director:

Special curricular emphasis is given to language development, children's socialization, and the acquisition of problem-solving skills. Children's individual interests and abilities help to shape our curriculum in science, pre-math, art, music and drama, self-help skills, and gymnastics.' From UCB Preschool: Child Study Center website

Day in the Life

A Typical Day

'The day begins with a relaxed morning arrival period and continues with breakfast, circle time, morning projects, lunch, naps or rest, afternoon projects, snack, cleanup, group time, and game time.' From UCB Preschool: Child Study Center website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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