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FranDelJA Enrichment Center

950 Gilman Street
San Francisco, CA 94124

(415) 822-1699


FranDelJA's philosophy is a multi-layered approach built upon the foundation that each child deserves a warm, stimulating environment that fosters positive self-esteem and develops the love of learning. We recognize that children are made up of their unique heritage woven together with individual developmental strengths and challenges. We approach all learning components with the knowledge that children's play is their work. We provide care for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. We work with low-income families receiving subsidized child care through San Francisco Children’s Council and the Department of Education.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
  • A well-stocked bookcase
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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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
  • A globe
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
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
  • We do not use sand. Instead we use rice and beans.
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

We use High Scope and a mixture of the creative curriculum in the classroom. We focus on literacy through music and visual arts.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that children learn through their environment so we structure the room and their stations to best facilitate their learning.

A Typical Day

6:30 - Center opens.

8:30-9:00 - Breakfast.

9:00 circle time/table activities/play stations

10:00 -11:00 (outdoors)

11:30-12:00 lunch

12:00 -3:00 nap

3:00 - Afternoon - free play, planned curriculum

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have quarterly parent teacher conferences and we hold meetings with parents on an ad hoc basis, as necessary.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We develop a transition plan for our students. Parents are permitted to be in the classroom early on, if necessary.