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St. David's Preschool

5050 Milton Street
San Diego, CA 92110-1299

(619) 276-7048


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Child-centered, developmentally appropriate activities that facilitate math, science, and emergent literacy through hands-on learning. We know that children learn best through play. During play children create, move, communicate, and engage in critical thinking. Through play, children formulate an understanding of the world in which they live. It is also our belief that children need attention to social development and emotional nourishment to be happy, productive, and part of a group. By having emotional needs met, children learn to trust and believe in themselves, and in turn, are more able to care for and have compassion for others. The social and emotional learning focus of our program is based on this important principle.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We provide high quality child care for children ages 2-5 years (children in diapers welcome). Our child-centered curriculum is designed to address all areas of a child's development; and our caring, experienced, and long-term teachers facilitate indoor and outdoor activities that invite exploration and experiementation. Children enjoy learning in a nurturing and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere in our beautiful classrooms and park-like playground.

What else makes our Center special? The children are truly loved here, and are treated with the utmost of respect at all times. We want to help them develop a positive self-concept so they know they are worthy and valuable just for being who they are. We want them to have happy days, filled with fun in learning, and a sense of accomplishment in all they do!

A Typical Day

Each day consists of a balance of indoor and outdoor play, active and quiet activities, and activities that allow opportunity for group and individual learning through play. The teachers design a curriculum that considers the developmental needs of the whole child in the areas of social/emotional, cognitive, language, physical, and spiritual development, including activities that foster pre-academics such as math, science, and reading. Our program nurtures interest in creative music and movement and the arts, inspired overall by the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching young children. The children also engage in projects such as our garden and in our outdoor classroom area.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Research shows there is a direct correlation between parent involvement and a child's school success. We have created many opportunities for parents to be involved. Twenty hours per year are served for full-time enrollment and 10 hours per year for part-time.

We strive to be in constant communication with parents and guardians. There are two bulletin boards for posting notices, and each family has a parent file for communications from the administration. We have parent/teacher conferences, and in all our interactions strive to foster positive and effective communication. In addition to face-to-face communication, we provide information for parents via newsLetters, email, and our 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Prior to the child's start date, families are welcome to have the child come visit. Parents and guardians are welcome at all times, and may stay and visit on the child's first day, and anytime they wish to after that. We are often asked about the separation issues that may occur when a child starts at the Preschool. Teachers help the child feel comfortable in the environment, to bond with them, to know that they are safe and secure in our care by holding, reassuring, encouraging and understanding them. We understand the complexities of leaving your child in our care, and we do everything we can to ease the transition for both children and adults!