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First Covenant Treehouse Preschool and Kindergarten

4000 Redwood Road
Oakland, CA 94619

(510) 531-0320


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We provide a well-rounded curriculum that promotes growth spiritually, academically, socially and emotionally in a Christ-centered environment.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Treehouse is a ministry of First Covenant Church. The school was established in 1975.

Treehouse Preschool and Kindergarten provides a warm and supportive atmosphere which fosters the training of the whole child: intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Within this atmosphere of Christian love and nurture, we strive to help children develop problem-solving skills, independence, and a positive self-image. We believe that by learning responsibility for self and respect for others children will acquire a strong sense of well being, which is fundamental to a healthy transition into higher levels of learning.

The Treehouse Preschool and Kindergarten provides a well-rounded curriculum preparing the children for the next class or grade level. Age appropriate curriculum is presented according to individual readiness and growth.

Children are given the opportunity to make choices. By making choices the child learns that their feelings, thoughts, and emotions are worthwhile. They also learn the consequences of their choices, and gain competence in decision making, which leads to success and motivation in future learning.

At Treehouse, we present an understanding of God as a loving Creator and Friend who personally cares about each child. We believe that such an understanding is fundamental to the development of the whole child. Christian values are taught through the use of selected songs, Bible stories, and character building. We desire to provide an atmosphere where each child can experience the great love of our Heavenly Father, through our actions and example.

A Typical Day

Activity time, music movement,
outside play,
calendar & concept circle/Bible, projects/pre-writing skills,
closing circle,
wake-up/potty & snack,
story time/activities,
outside play,
quiet indoor activities.

Extracted from First Covenant Treehouse Preschool and Kindergarten Treehouse Parent Handbook, 2006 School Session.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Mandatory parent-teacher conference once a year. Monthly newsletter.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We handle the separation process with lots of tender loving care.