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Candlelight Child Development Center

283 Farallones Street
San Francisco, CA 94112

(415) 587-1070


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

At Candlelight our curriculum is negotiated between teachrs and children. The children bring their spontaneous, dat-to-day discoveries, interests and questions. The teachers will use their knowledge, and creativity to develop ways to EMERGE the children's ideas, developmentally appropriate activites and stories. This approach is a creative, rich process for both children and the teachers. It has the added benefit of enhancing children's self-esteem and self-confidence because they see themselves as the initiators!

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught computers

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Candlelight provides a stimulating enviroment designed to promote socail, cognitive, and physical development. We provide a variety of learning experiences that encourage a postitive self-image. We offer opportunites for children to develop and learn through self-discovery, guided exploration and positive experiences.

We believe that each child and family is a unique creation; therefore, we are committed to having an open line of communication between the center and parents; this is how we are able to build strong relationships. Our goal at Candlelight is to provide the best possible care and experience for our families.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Every six months we have parent-teacher conferences. These conferences give the parents the opportunity to find out how their child is doing in school and they are able to ask any questions they might have at this time. They will be given the chance to see pictures of their child at school, art work samples and read different observations in their childs own personal portfolio. We also communitcate with parents through our bi-weekly newsletters and as well as through email.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

We believing in having everything ready for the child's first day for example: cubbie will have a special name tag, coat hook in place already. Teacher will be advised in advance so they will be ready to greet the child by name and make them feel comfortable for their first day.