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Little Village Nursery School

11827 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064

(310) 479-8468


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

From the Director:

We are Reggio inspired. We use some of the Reggio ideas with our 3 1/2- 5 year olds that work well with our program.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers work with each child to meet individual needs. We use assessments to create a plan with each child. Individual portfolios are used to track progress through out the year.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Little Village curriculum is a developmental program. It is based on the idea that children learn best through play. We offer opportunities for growth by providing a rich and diverse environment of different play areas. In each of these areas, academics are involved but the main focus is on the classroom as a social process. To that end, our teachers carefully plan the play areas to promote both academic and social growth. For example, our children learn math skills in the block area, writing skills while making shopping lists during imaginative play, pre-writing skills while stringing beads, science concepts while participating in science experiments, and developing language skills through songs and storytelling.
Our art projects are process-oriented, not product-oriented since it's in the process of creation that children learn to experiment with the materials. Easels are set up every day for children to paint at their leisure. Preschool children are at the developmental age when they enjoy very tactile experiences with paint (remember finger painting?), water, sand and mud, so we warn parents to dress their children in old clothes. At Little Village, children are encouraged to build streams in the sandbox, paint huge boxes, mush about in shaving cream, and explore the world using all their senses -- without fear of getting dirty"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

8:45 - 10:30 Free play.
There will be an easel
set up in the yard along with our climbing and sand equipment and many
ride-on toys, etc.
10:00 - 10:20 Sometimes messy
art project process oriented will be available during the outside time.
10:20 - 10:35 Wash up for snack time. Gather at the table for a
'get-acquainted' chat, snack and story. Children will be encouraged to help
clear away their dishes and then come inside the Yellow room for indoor time.
10:35 - 11:15 Inside time.
There will be various activities set up at the
tables. A circle of chairs will be set up for the parents for a discussion
group, while the children learn to play by themselves (supervised by the
toddler group assistant).
11:15 - 11:30 Clean-up time.
Gather on the rug for stories, parachute,
dance and/or songs.

Excepted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Please see web site

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We want everyone to feel comfortable with our teachers and the environment and we work with each family individually. The parents are encouraged to stay the first day in the classroom and when they feel ready they wait in the office. Some parents stay one day-- some stay two weeks. It depends on the child and parents. Our lead Teacher has helped many children with separation and has over 20 years of experience. We handle each child with love, respect and kindness.