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Lil People Programs

11454 Blue Cypress Drive
San Diego, CA 92131

(619) 370-4681


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Lil People Programs is a preschool that serves Scripps Ranch and its neighboring communities. LPP is located at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center. LPP offers half-day programs all year for those who are entering a structured social environment for the first time and those who are more emotionally and academically mature. Every class is a great mix of learn and play and is led by fun-loving, nurturing, and energetic teachers.

Please visit to read an article featuring Miss Jane, our very own Preschool Director.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

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
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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  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
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 Pre-K classes are structured to include language arts, math, writing, crafts, music and movement, and much much more. Pre-K provides a great mix of academics and recreation! It is also of course a great way for your child to learn the basic classroom routine and rules, as well as begin peer socialization. The activities serve to build confidence and self-esteem as well as stimulate cognitive, physical, and emotional development. Junior Explorer classes offers a unique and dynamic place for children just starting out. During these weeks the children have the opportunity to express their creativity and learn preschool basics such as letter, color, and shape recognition. Through games, arts & crafts, songs and stories we develop physical coordination and encourage social interaction. Kindercamp is for children who are just starting the summer camp experience. This half-day program offers campers a wide variety of activities including art, science, games, social activities, including water play every thursday. Each week is devoted to a fun and exciting theme. Some themes include Science, Safari, Art ,and Outerspace. "where lil people learn 'n' play"

From the Director:

Our Pre-K Program represents a new alternative to Preschool. This is the perfect way to get your child ready for Kindergarten and ease the transition into Kindergarten for both you and your child. This program is catered to 3 1/2 to 5 year olds. In the Junior Explorers program,our teachers understand children need an opportunity to explore new horizons while learning about the world around them. Our class schedule provides time for the children to socialize, learn how to play, and share together. This program is designed for children ages 2 1/2 to 4 years old. Summer Kindercamp stays on site and is limited to 24 campers a week. Campers will have lots of fun and make new friends! Kindercamp is designed for children ages 3-6 years old.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All teachers have experience supervising young children ages 2.5-5. All teachers are first aid and child cpr certified. All teachers understand that preschool-aged children and their parents need a secure and loving environment to learn and play confidently.

Please visit to read an article featuring our very own Preschool Director, Mrs Jane Davis

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission is to provide quality preschool programs and camps, which foster early childhood development and continually respect the community’s everchanging needs and interests.Maintain excellent youth programs at all times. Both an educational and enjoyable environment for young children. To be consistent with the highest professional standards of organized youth programs set forth by the City of San Diego Park and Recreation
Department. We will never compromise our integrity and will respect City park facilities and their associates at all times. We strive to be the preschool program and camp provider of choice, by providing enriching and entertaining programs to the community.

A Typical Day

The day is very structured with time slots for circle time, music and movement, show and share time, art projects/enrichment activities, free activity time, lunch/playground, inside/outside games, and storytime. please contact director for a more detailed schedule. You may also request a parent packet and flyer through mail or email. A sample schedule is included in the parent packet. You may also schedule a class visit so you can meet the teachers, tour the facility and its surrounding, personally ask questions, observe the class. You also have the option to have your child come in for a trial day for he/she can come see and experience the class him/herself. Please email Miss Jane for a sample daily schedule.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

There is open communication between parents and teachers. Parents are welcome to speak with teacher before and after class. Through email, phone calls, text messaging, and handwritten notes teachers AND parents are able to communicate reminders, share questions and concerns, and inform of changes at home or in the classroom. Parents may also schedule afterschool conferences with the teachers for student evaluation and/or share concerns.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

It is not unusual for a child to become teary when separating from a parent in an unfamiliar situation. We are aware that this is a new environment with new faces. We understand that a child is bound to feel a little uneasy. You can be encouraging with your smile, eyes and body language. If a child senses any type of apprehension on your part, this enhances their own feeling of uncertainty. In order to make this momentous transition easier on everyone, we encourage you to comfort your child by staying with him/her for only a few minutes then turning over the situation to the teacher. The longer you stay, the more difficult it is for the teacher to comfort the child and gain control of the anxiety.