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Kids' Place - Preschool

50 El Camino Drive
Corte Madera, CA 94925

(415) 927-0498


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Kids’ Place is a Reggio-inspired school based in Corte Madera, with new campuses in Novato and San Anselmo. Kids’ Place emphasizes artistic expression, fosters creativity, and follows the interests of the children to develop project-based curriculum. We also incorporate the best ideas from diverse childhood developmental philosophies to create a well-rounded program. We believe that children learn through play, and that a play-based program will develop a lifelong love of school and of learning. We develop our curriculum based on the interests of the children and incorporate academics into these themes to ensure learning is always fun. Previous projects include Deer, the Shark Wedding, Birds, Rabbits, Community Heroes, Cooking, Books, Beds and Performance Arts.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We value the individual child. At Kids’ Place our intimate classroom settings make it possible for our teachers to embrace as many moments of individual child explorations as possible. Our daily schedule focuses towards the child and their creativity. If children are deeply engaged in a magical land of dramatic play, if their block building has hit its ultimate peak, or if their painting just spattered all over their face to an entirely new level of excitement... clean up, snack, nap, or whatever happens to be next in our day can wait. We feel honoring that moment and experience that child is having is more value than what a clock dictates. Preschool is where imagination soars. At our school, pretend play is cherished, creativity is embraced, and learning is experienced. One of my most favorite images in my mind of a classroom was looking over at the literacy table and seeing three children picking and gluing letters onto a piece of paper spelling out their names and words. Each child, while doing the same thing, was expressing their individuality... from being in their pajamas because they didn't feel like getting dressed that day, sitting next to a friend wearing a full sparkle "princess dress," to another friend whose hands were covered in glue sticking and unsticking them together to watch what was happening. At Kids’ Place, that individuality is acknowledged, welcomed, and adapted into our classroom and curriculum with open arms.

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 Children have the opportunity to sign up for dance and movement, soccer, gymnastics and martial arts.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The joy of the Reggio approach is the ability to bring small groups of children together to work on areas that need strengthening and to support areas of strengths.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Kids' Place provides a loving environment which nutures your child's individuality and creativity. We provide our students with a variety of stimulating experiences that foster growth and learning.

A Typical Day

The preschool and pre-kindergarten classes are structured to allow children ample time in small and large group teacher led and child initiated activities. Our day begins with free play and art activities. A dance party signals our transition to circle time. Circle time is where we come together as a group and set the tone of the day. We greet each other, share our thoughts, sing, listen to and act out stories and unite as a group. Small group/project and free play follows snack time. This is the time we divide the students into groups based on their strengths, areas that need strengthening or social dynamics. Some children will engage in project work, focusing on literacy and numeracy while others will explore language development and problem solving. Or, everyone may engage in a large group art project.
We see our playground as an extension of our classrooms. Interwoven with our climbing structures, sandboxes, and slides are reading and painting nooks, sensory gardens, quiet spots, and dramatic play areas. At the end of the day, children feel good about what they have accomplished and look forward to returning the next.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

A new school environment is a tremendous change and adjustment for a young child and their parents. Kids' Place recommends that new children and a parent come for a series of short visits prior to the first day of school. We also recommend that the first few days are shorter days so as not to overwhelm the child.

When any child (not just new children) enters our room and has an emotional separation we make sure there is a teacher who can hold, cuddle, and snuggle them and help them through the moment.