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Little LYNC Preschool and Family Center

501 Connecticut St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

(415) 282-5962


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We are a year round preschool as well as a community center for the neighborhood. We embrace the family as a whole and strive to be a center where children and adults alike can come to learn.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

The curriculum is play-based with a strong Reggio-Emilia influence. Our philosophy is that children are innate learners and explorers influenced by their environment. Their interest determines the curriculum. Our teachers are facilitators there to observe, assist, and guide the children in their hands-on experiences.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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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
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 It is important for children to socialize and build relationships with one another. We focus on working together in small groups; learning to question, problem-solve, and cooperate. This process also helps build self-esteem and independence in children. We also offer enrichment programs which include Storytelling with the Librarian from the Potrero Hill Branch, Music & Movement class, Music History & Movement class, and exposure to French and Spanish music & language.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers recognize areas where children excel and will provide positive reinforcement for these accomplishments. Just as important teachers will also address areas where children may need more attention. One-on-one guidance will be given or the child can be paired with a peer who is strong in the area.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our preschool truly embraces the principles of Reggio-Emilia where the center is community based. Our facility is meant to be a resource for the whole family; child, siblings, parents, and extended family to come and learn.

A Typical Day

Although the program is open flow there is a loose schedule which is: Arrival/Free choice, Breakfast,/Snack, Class meeting, Project/Work time, Outside time, Lunch, Nap/rest, Project/Work resumes, Afternoon Snack, Outside time, Free choice, Class circle, Departures

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Communication with parents are done through personal conversations, phone calls, written notes, and emails.

What the children are learning will be apparent throughout the preschool exhibited on display panels with written words and photos for parents to read and review. The children's notebooks will also be available to review so parents have insight to their child's day.

When Parent-Teacher conferences occur parents will be able to review their child's porfolio throughout the year.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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

It is important for the child and family to feel comfortable at the center. We strongly encourage the family to have multiple visits prior to the child's start date. Teachers will be available to answer any questions and help with the transition.