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Autumn Creek Learning Center

14 Osborn Way
Danville, CA 94526

(925) 743-4187


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Autumn Creek is a preschool with extended day child care. We are licensed by the State of California and Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We offer developmentally appropriate programs for children ages 2-6. Programs include circle time, teacher directed curriculum, gross motor play, free choice centers and snacks/lunch.

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
  • 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 Themes of the week, Letter of the week, Number of the week, Zoo Phonics, Fine Motor & Handwriting practice, Pre-Reading & Reading skills including sight words, Public speaking & Sharing, Foreign Language (Spanish, Cantonese, Sign Language), Problem Solving & Cooperation techniques,

From the Director:

Our daily routine includes Circle Time, Teacher led curriculum (art, math, science and language activities), free choice small group centers and outside exploration.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Every curriculum activity that is implemented is planned with ideas of how to make the activity more challenging (for a child who needs a little more) or easier (for a child that is feeling too challenged). This way each activity can be adjusted based on each child's skill level. Even while children are working in free choice small group centers, teachers will move around the classroom and work with children, ask them questions and expand their learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"A new way to help people in child care integrate culturally; responsive care giving with developmentally appropriate practices.
Helping children to develop self discipline, self esteem, problem solving skills, and assisting them in creating a stronger sense of themselves.
In the heart of teacher and child interaction, is a simple but heartfelt philosophy; "Teachers must deal with children with humor, compassion, and respect."
The importance of modeling the appropriate children options...helping children to express their feelings...the concept of re-direction...dealing with the needs of the individual child.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Our typical day goes like this:
Early morning drop off includes centers and circle time.
9:00 - 10:00 - Snack & Circle time
10:00 - 11:45 - Groups (A: Curriculum, B: Small Group Centers, C: Outside Exploration)
11:45-12:15 - Circle Time
12:15-12:45/1:00 - Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 - Nap/Rest Time (shorter for oldest group)
3:00-3:45 - Snack & Circle Time
3:45-5:30 - Groups (A: Curriculum, B: Small Group Centers, C: Outside Exploration)
5:30-6:00 - Circle & Table Activities

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We offer many forms of communication for our families including, but not limited to: Monthly Email Newsletters (school wide & classroom specific), Phone calls, Emails, Daily Verbal Notes, Weekly Written Notes, Online Calendar, Fall & Spring Conferences (more as needed), Annual Portfolio of child's work and copy of Developmental Progress Report, Communication Logs in Classrooms and at Front desk

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Prior to your child's first day we schedule a few Orientation dates where it allows your child to feel comfortable and play in their new environment, meet their teachers and new friends. We will show the parents all around the classroom to know where they will find their child's items and how to use your access keycards (we have security at our front door).