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El Cerrito Preschool Cooperative

7200 Moeser Lane
El Cerrito, CA 94530

(510) 526-1916


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"School should provide a happy, relaxed, and supportive environment that contributes to the development of the "whole" child -- his/her physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs. Each of these areas of development is interrelated. Children need many chances to interact with their physical and social environment in order to learn and gain an understanding of the world and their place in it. We can aid and guide this process by the questions we ask, by the goals we set, by the information we provide, and by the behavior we model.

We cannot accomplish learning for children. However we can help children develop problem solving skills, become critical observers of their own environment, and learn to take responsibility for their own education. Children are naturally inquisitive; they want to learn. Our challenge is to keep this desire alive by helping them to understand their world through their senses, their feelings, and their intellects.

A child's self-image is very important in the learning process. She/he must feel that her/his ideas, feelings, and emotions are worthwhile. Through successful experiences a child builds a sense of self-esteem. This feeling of confidence aids in further success and motivation for learning.

Each child is unique in her/his mental capacities, emotions, skills and interests. It is our role to assess just where each child "is" in the growth pattern and to provide a broad spectrum of learning experiences for all of the children.

Play is a child's work. It is vital to a child's learning. It allows a child to express her/himself and to organize and make sense of the world. Play provides a meaningful learning of cognitive concepts. It promotes social development as well. Social sensitivity is learned slowly through many experiences. Through play children learn to initiate and sustain relationships with others, and to build trust and emotional maturity.

It is our goal to provide a supportive atmosphere that will encourage each child to develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"A typical morning or afternoon includes a short circle time, free play in the large front areas, snack, group time (music, stories, games), small group time (one adult with four to five children playing a game, making crafts, reading), and backyard play"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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