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Duck's Nest (Oakland)

4498 Piedmont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611

(510) 428-0901


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity more

More Information

  • 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 Duck's Nest Piedmont has five classrooms, the youngest age group being 24 months old and the older groups being 4 to 5 and heading off to kindergarten. Each class engages in art projects, music, science, reading, drama, and motor and social skills development. Each class also has circle time in the morning. The school's curriculum is based on an emergent curriculum program.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Life is a miracle. We know that this work is important. Your child's first five years go a long way towards laying a foundation for a happy and healthy life to follow.

Each of our Duck's Nest classrooms revolves around the development of both an individual and group social awareness. Our young students are taught to feel responsible not only to each other, but also to the environment and ultimately to all life on our planet. Believing that compassion and tolerance are among the highest virtues, Duck's Nest encourages children to appreciate human differences and cultural diversity.

It is our conviction that this approach will indeed serve our children well. Years from now, it will be not exactly what was said, but how it was said that will be remembered. And so we strive to give each child a deep feeling of being truly valued here... included and honored, as all children should be.

Parents are of special importance to Duck's Nest. As your school of choice, we join hands with you in laying significant building blocks in your child's earliest and most formative years. When you choose Duck's Nest you make a decision to entrust us with an important responsibility. We don't take that lightly.

Every Duck's Nest day is seen as a unique opportunity for each student to take the next step forward through play and social interaction towards their personal path of development.

Extracted from Duck's Nest Preschool's Website.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The school has a strong parent association and parent participation is welcome.

The DNPA is a group of dedicated parent volunteers who organize events, fund-raisers and community outreach programs for Duck's Nest Preschool. We believe that through volunteerism we are able to deepen the bonds within our own community while making a positive contribution to the Duck's Nest community at large. Each year parent volunteers like you participate in DNPA organized events. Parent volunteerism is one of the key strengths of our preschool community. By joining the DNPA Steering Committee, helping to organize an event, or simply volunteering for an event you are making a valuable contribution to our community.

Extracted from Duck's Nest Preschool's website.

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:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We would like to support you and your child during this transitional period. You've gone through the important step of choosing the best school for your child, now it is your job to trust your judgment and believe we'll do a good job, and to trust your child to be able to adjust to his/her new environment. You alone know best what will work for yourself and your child. (Please keep in mind that our goal is to help your child be able to stay in school without you). Some children will adjust immediately, others will need more time. You are welcome to spend time with your child in the classroom to help with his/her adjustment (or yours). Our staff is experienced and qualified in helping you and your child with separation. Please ask your child's teacher if you need their support. We will always call you if your child is unable to calm down. Or you can all us any time to see how your child is doing. *Information extracted from school handout.