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Great Beginnings Preschool

511 Encinitas Blvd Ste 110
Encinitas, CA 92024

(760) 942-0220


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We offer a great program with a home like setting for the comfort of you and your child. Our curriculum is an academic based structured program offering phonics, art, music & movement, math, spanish, reading, gymnastics, computers, and much more. Children are placed in class by age and by developmental ability and will soon move up through the year. (excerpted from brochure)

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
  • Outdoor covered area
Other subjects taught Phonics, Spanish, Art, Gymnastics, Theatre, Music, Computers. We strive to add to our program to meet the needs of our children and their parents. We want to introduce Education in Human Values. (excerpted from brochure)

From the Director:

We want our children to succeed in their academic skills, socialization, and self-concept. And in the process our students become delightful people -- kind, good humored, concerned and ready to make a success of life. Great Beginnings is the finest child development center in the area. Once you tour our facility and see how we care for and educate your child in a stimulating and fun environment full of discover, you'll see the difference. Your child's safety is a top priority. Our state-of-the-art security system requires access codes to enter our facility. All classrooms are equipped with observation cameras for you to observe your child interacting with the teachers and their classmates learning and having fun. We have a parent club, and offer seminars & workshops for parent participation and education.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Great Beginnings is a child development center and our mission is to provide a nurturing, secure and educationally challenging experience in a stimulating environment for each child. Our goal is to develop positive self esteem in a climate that encourages creativity and individuality.

Each child has unique capabilities and we provide a wide variety of experiences for children to enhance and develop their talents. Above all, children at Great Beginnings are happy, learning, and safe. We value childhood and want children to succeed in their academic skills, self concept, and socialization. When a five year old graduates from Great Beginnings, they have mastered the necessary academic and socialization skills to give them confidence to face a bright future as well as making new friends and joyful memories to last a lifetime.

(excerpted from brochure)

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Handling Separation: From the Director

Children are welcomed to attend the tour with their parents. We offer free trial days so that both parent and child can become familiar with our setting.

(excerpted from brochure and interview)