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Pilgrim Children's Center

2020 Chestnut
Carlsbad, CA 92008

(760) 729-4464


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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
Other subjects taught Supplemental classes are offered: Developmental Dance -- Monday am Gymnastics -- Wednesday am

Day in the Life

General School Mission

About Our Developmental Preschool Program:

We believe that competent adults had experiences in childhood which allowed them to develop good communication and problem-solving skills, creativity, and acceptable ways of resolving conflicts. At Pilgrim we provide ample opportunities in all four areas:


Learning to communicate with other children is an ongoing and difficult task. Through art, dramatic play, music, dance, literature, math, and science, children learn to express personal feelings and ideas.


Children are given many opportunities to make choices and follow through with their decisions. In so doing, children develop critical thinking and reasoning skills. They predict outcomes, classify, analyze, and evaluate consequences of their choices through a wide variety of experiences.


Children develop intellectual curiosity when involved in activities that challenge them to find alternative solutions. Many open-ended activities are offered to encourage curiosity and creativity.
Conflict Resolution

Social effectiveness depends on an awareness and understanding of the needs of others. By encouraging children to find positive verbal solutions to conflicts, social problem-solving skills are developed.

(excerpted from website)

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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