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Growing Footprints

16575 Shannon Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032

(408) 356-4442


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Our program is based on "High Scope" which builds on children's interest, strength and emerging abilities. Children develop cognitively, emotionally, physically and socially while preparing for formal schooling.

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
  • 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 P.E. for Pre K and Jr K

From the Director:

Curriculum has been created specifically for each age group in order to attain developmental goals and to master maturity and social skills. Lessons are posted weekly and progress reports are given in March for all age groups.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our Jr. Kindergarten provides an environment that will accomodate various learning styles and developmental needs. With a small class size of 10-12 the children are given individual attention on a daily basis.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Every child is a child of God, and deserves respect, protection, attention and affirmation. Therefore, every child is worthy of our unconditional love, kindness and care."

Our mission is to;

Provide a safe, comforting place where a quality, nurturing early education program is offered to assist parents in our community in developing their child's physical, mental and spiritual well being.

A Typical Day

A Preschool Morning with Extended Day Care in the afternoon.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Progress and Concerns....

Our parents are given a formal progress report each March. During the school year parents may communicate specific concerns to the staff through the director or in a written form. Staff will respond within one employment day.

Parents with specific needs may seek guidance and support from the director via telephone, written form, personal visit or e-mail. The director works closely with GFP families through out the school year.

General information....

Each day the parents are encouraged to visit "Control Central" and note updates posted on the "Heads Up" board or on classroom lesson plans.

Each month we provide parents with a newsletter that includes both general school information and specific classroom information.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are encouraged to visit the school several times with the new student prior to their first day of enrollment. Following enrollment additional support will be given to the child upon drop off if needed.