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ABC's Child Development Center

1555 39th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122

(415) 681-1050


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Our teachers incorporate some montessori and reggio-emilia approaches along with our monthly multi cultural themes.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our staff will work closely with children as needed. We do bi-annual assessments and schedule conferences with parents to discuss assessments. Concerns regarding behavior, kindergarten readiness potty training are discussed with parents on an as needed basis.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The goals set at are simply stated as follows: To provide a high quality curriculum; To foster a child's natural curiosity for learning; To provide a multi-cultural environment; To develop a child's sensitivity and appreciation for the differences we all have with one another; And most importantly to develop a child's understanding of their own uniqueness and to facilitate the development of a positive self image. We offer an 'Enhanced Multicultural Learning Experience'. We utilize the best aspects of Montessori and traditional early childhood educational programs to provide your child with a developmentally challenging curriculum. Our program is designed for children between the ages of two (2) and six (6) years of age.

A Typical Day

7:30 - 8:45 a.m.Free Play
8:45 - 8:50 a.m.Clean Up
8:50 - 9:00 a.m.Group Time (Calendar, Songs, Finger Play, Discussion)
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.Morning Snack
9:30 - 9:40 a.m.Clean Up
9:40 - 10:50 a.m.Outside Time (Monkeys/Dinosaurs) Directed Activity (Eagles)
10:50 - 11:00 a.m. Clean Up
11:00 - 11:45 a.m.Directed Activity (Monkeys/Dinosaurs) Outside Time (Eagles)
12:15 - 12:45 p.m.Lunch
12:45 - 1:00 p.m.Wash Hands (put way lunch boxes and brush teeth)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.Nap Time
3:00 - 3:30 p.m.Wake Up
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.Afternoon Snack
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.Outside Time
5:30 - 6:00 p.m.Quiet Time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Monthly newsletters, calendars, family potlucks, weekly documentation, daily notes, semi annual parent teacher conferences, annual family camping trip, annual fundraising event and open house.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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

We allow time for children and parents to transition into our program by scheduling visits prior to enrollment start date.