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Little Gators Preschool

3149 Steiner Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

(415) 346-8608

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

A variety of activities are designed to provide students with a balance between self and teacher-directed projects, in various group sizes, in both indoor and outdoor settings.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Little Gator's goal is to provide your child with a supportive and stimulating environment which will promote his/her optimal physical, social, emotional and intellectual development. We believe the most important contribution we can make to your child's life is to help your child develop a positive self-image. The ability to feel good about one's self enables a child to retain their natural desire to learn. Children are encouraged to be themselves and show respect for their peers and teachers.

A Typical Day

Two Year Old Program- Our goal is to introduce new concepts in learning through music,art,games, stories, cooking and other activities, while providing an environmentwhich feels safe and loving to each child.

Three Year Old Program- During this crucial period of intellectual development and strengthening of peer relationships, children are introduced to letters and numbers, social studies, science, computer, and fine and gross motor activities, in a style that shows learning is fun.

Pre-K Program- The goal is to prepare children for Kindergarten. Building on the concepts from the Three Year Old Program. An addition with more advanced worksheets, phonics, foreign language, and educational visitors, children enhance letter and number recognition and writing skills. The class is divided into small groups in order to meet the individual needs of each child based on their level of readiness for Kindergarten.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We communicate everyday. We also have meetings. And one Annual Summary meeting.We have lots of meetings about this. I am here at any time to help the parents. This is a very big deal. We always want to help at this time.

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
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Lots and lots of love and hugs. Each child is different so we deal with each one differently.