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Learning Bridge Preschool

1050 Kirkham Street
San Francisco, CA 94122

(415) 753-1802


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The Learning Bridge Preschool is licensed for ages 2-6 years of age. We have enrollment for 26 children and have a teacher ratio of 1 adult to 6 children. The site has a large three level backyard and well designed play structures. We offer a preschool curriculum with circle time, singing, art, themes, book reading, outside play. We offer pre-K classes and ready children for the Kindergarten experience. The school provides a weekly Dance Class and Gymnastics Class. We celebrate Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Thanksgiving with a lunch for children, parents, and teachers. We have a Halloween Party, Winter Holiday Party and Graduation where the children give performances (dance, sing,one line skits) to the parents. We have fun!

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

The Learning Bridge Preschool is dedicated to helping children develop self-esteem through physical, language, and cognitive skills with an emphasis on social and communication skills. Learning about the world in which they live is achieved through a Multi-Cultural Curriculum. Weekly themes are designed to provide a deeper understanding of subjects, and parents are encouraged to participate in their child's education. The children who attend the Learning Bridge Preschool enjoy a curriculum where "free choice" and active social interactions are a part of the curriculum, as well as an academic style that helps lead a child to skills needed for success in Kindergarten.

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
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
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
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Dance and gymnastics class included in the tuition. These weekly themes introduce the children to their world: Changes of the seasons, Holidays within each month, growth and health, friendship, community, famous persons who influence our culture, the seasons, plants, space, planets, transportation, farm/domestic/zoo animals, reptiles, dinosaurs...just to name a few! We do an art project every day that relates to the theme of the week. Pre-K children take on a higher level of preschool life. The basics are taught, being able to sit and listen, writing one's name, tracing, counting, color and shape recognition. Extra fun learning in the summer on field trips!

From the Director:

The school makes clear statements to children as to what is acceptable behavior and safe play, and how to take turns and respect their friends. Discipline is not intimidating or harsh. Re-direction and communication are used in place of excessive time-outs for inappropriate actions. The children learn the rules and know that breaking the rules is not okay.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Learning Bridge assesses the needs of each child on a yearly basis. We do an assessment of the child's behavior, of the child's capability of taking directions, etc.
The shy child is encouraged to speak UP, and the over-aggressive child is encouraged to use his/her power in positive ways to help friends and teachers.
When the child moves into the Pre-K class, the academic expectations become higher. Parent conferences may be held for those children who need more help at home or who may need a professional outside of the school setting to help in Kindergarten readiness.
Children are encouraged to view each other as friends and that words are important and not to be used to hurt another.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The site of the Learning Bridge provides a homelike setting with four primary rooms where specific play areas are set up. There is a classroom, a dramatic play area, a movement and circle time room, and a primary room where children do art everyday and eat snacks and lunch. The three level backyard has multiple play areas including a fun sand area and room to ride cars. There are various playhouses, climbing areas and slides. The Learning Bridge's primary emphasis is to develop communication and social skills and to ready the child for a successful transition into Kindergarten. Free play with some structure balances the day between activities that the child can choose and teacher directed curriculum. The art teacher follows a monthly schedule of themes and the children do art daily with reference to the theme being studied for the week. A Dance Teacher comes in weekly and we have a Gymnastics Teacher that comes in bi-monthly. Music and singing are part of our daily activities. The Learning Bridge Preschool has three parties/potlucks per year where all parents can meet and the children have presentations, dance and songs for the parents. Parents are also invited to come for multicultural events throughout the year and enjoy ethnic dishes prepared by parents. The school has an excellent teacher to child ratio (1 to 6). Our teachers are dedicated and well educated in the field. We have fun!

A Typical Day

The school follows a daily schedule. For the first two hours, the child may choose his/her area where the child wishes to play. Playdough, lego building, blocks, dress-up and free-art are the primary point of interests.

At 9:30am, every child helps clean up, then circle, art, book reading and snack time occur. We go outside or have a special dance class, gymnastics or music. The pre-K children may go on a field trip during the summer months.

Lunch is served at noon. Part-time children go home and some children nap while the non-nappers stay in the classroom and color, do puzzles, etc.

Children wake up at 2:15pm; we have Pre-K snack, then preschoolers snack. Pre-K children work in the classroom, then the whole group goes outside.

At 5pm, we have another snack and children choose their activity until parents pick them up.

School closes at 6pm.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have a wonderful Parent's Group. Parents stay in communication with each other via this group. The Parents Group sponsors a "How to Find a Kindergarten" every year. Parents often bring in cards and flowers for the Teachers for their birthday celebrations!
Parents communicate with teachers on a daily basis at drop off/pick up time. Parents also communicate to the Director directly via email, text or phone. For any special concerns, the Director is alerted and a panel of teachers may work together with the parent to help resolve a particular problem with the child. We have yearly assessments that give the parents a good picture of how their child has progressed throughout the year. The Director is always available by email for any questions that parents have.
A monthly newsletter is distributed to parents. The Learning Bridge Preschool also subscribes to a great Newsletter from "Parent Pages" and that is emailed to parents on a monthly basis.
Emails are sent out regularly.
The school sends out pictures each month via the Shutterfly Site. These pictures show children at play, document each child's birthday party at school, show children during their presentations during our many parties we have during the school year.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

The parent is invited to visit the school for 2 hours at a time as many times as the parent feels the child needs visits before the first day the child starts his/her schedule. Some parents may visit 8 times the month before the child is enrolled. A few parents only visit once. Over the years, we have become very expert at helping children say good-bye and have very few problems.
The school provides a written form that helps the parent deal with separation problems. A feeling of trust must exist for the parent to feel OK about leaving the child at school. The parent may call or email the Director anytime information is needed by the parent on how the child is doing at school.