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A Child's Garden

90 Paradise Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94131

(415) 333-9169

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

A Child's Garden Preschool is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and stimulating learning environment for preschoolers. Our goal is to establish a space where they can begin to learn to function in group situations. The developmental program mixes structure and function in a thematic curriculum of art, music, language and science combined with free play: blocks, games, puzzles, outdoor toys and play structures. Each childâ??s individual style dictates his/her choice of activities, and spontaneous fun is integrated into the daily routines. Music, movement, storytelling, role-play and physical activity are mainstays of the program. In addition, the children may participate in UCSF's Kindergym, visits to neighborhood playgrounds, and outings to destinations which tie into the thematic curriculum. Parents are welcome to visit the program at any time and are encouraged to accompany us on field trips.

A Typical Day

A Child's Garden Preschool day includes free-choice and teacher planned activities, snack, indoor and outdoor play, circle time, a trip to a park, lunch, naptime, snack, followed once again with indoor and outdoor play.

Free-choice activities are always available, for example: blocks, manipulatives, dress up, role play, self directed art activities (drawing, cutting, etc.) outdoor play, books, cozy corner, puzzles, playdough, waterplayâ?¦

Teacher-planned special activities include: special art projects, songs, music, dance, Spanish, gardening, cooking projects, small group activities, flannel board stories, special books and dictation stories, group murals, hands-on math, simple science and nature, circle timesâ?¦

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


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