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Parents' and Children's Preschool

4603 Indianola Way
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

(818) 790-2103


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
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
  • Blocks, games
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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Special guests who play instruments and/or sing
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 Parents and Children's Nursery School not only has morning classes where a variety of knowledge and skills are learned but we also offer enrichment programs after school every day of the week. Enrichment programs include art, dance, sports, drama and music.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Parents and Children's has a low teacher to child ratio. This enables the teacher to help each child individually.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Parents and Children's Nursery School's Educational Philosophy Parents and Children's Nursery School is dedicated to providing an age-appropriate developmental program which encourages creativity and exploration, stimulates cognitive growth, all the while fostering social and emotional maturity in preparedness not only for kindergarten, but for life.

A Typical Day

9:00-10:00 outside free play, free art, activities at tables
10:00-10:15 snack
10:15-11:20 inside free play, art project, music, story, sharing
11:20-11:45 outside play in our extra yard referred to as the 'park'

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We post on our website a monthly newsletter with basic curriculum for the month along with a monthly calendar. Open House in October is our first fundraiser of the year and gives the parents the opportunity to get to know the staff and environment their child spends their mornings in. We have new parent orientation meetings at the beginning of the year, parent-teacher conferences in January and a kindergarten teacher speaks to the parents of our four year olds in February. We have an open door policy so there are plenty of opportunities for the parents to communicate with the teachers as well as the assistant director and the director. We do not specifically advise parents on what school best fits their child, we only try to help them in understanding the different places that are available to them.

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
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We actually have very little difficulty we separation. If a child is crying or anxious our staff is very good at distracting the child so they relax. We either distract with talking or showing the child all the different activities in the yard or classroom. The staff is loving so an agitated child would always be in the arms of their teacher, an aide, the assistant director or the director.