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Marina Children's Center

3219A Laguna Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

(415) 931-0833

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Philosophy & Approach

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 In addition to our monthly calenders and weekly activities, the children will take several field trips per month. We will visit various playgrounds and parks, libraries, science exhibits, zoos and museums. Parents are always welcome to attend and chaperone. Extracted from the Marina Children's Center web site.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The first years are the most important. As young minds develop, they have an extraordinary capacity to learn. During these few years, it is extremely important to make sure your child is in an environment that is both challenging and rewarding.

We believe that each child needs a safe and nurturing environment in which to explore and experiment. The program is designed to foster learning at each child's own pace.

Through age appropriate activities, each child can master skills in the areas of communication, cognitive and physical development, and social interaction. By experiencing success in each of these areas, a child becomes more confident and self-reliant. These positive learning experiences at an early age contribute to the child's sense of self and emotional well-being.

Our program incorporates the developmental theories of Piaget, Montessori, Vygotsky, and Erickson, among others.

When children are presented with an opportunity to experience the world in an age appropriate and temperamentally appropriate setting, they will fulfill their inborn quest for learning.

With assistance and direction of knowledgeable and experienced teachers, young children can develop a strong sense of self through their accomplishments. The relationship built with teachers and peers enables children to develop a sound social foundation, which will enable them to be successful in their future endeavors."

*Extracted from the Marina Children's Center web site.

A Typical Day


8:30-9:45 CURRICULUM ACTIVITIES & FREE PLAY: blocks, puppets, playhouse, painting, games, etc.

9:45-10:00 CIRCLE TIME: daily news, calendar, weather, share basket, story time


10:30-11:00 SNACK: get ready for outside

11:00-12:15 OUTSIDE TIME: Moscone Park or other play areas in our neighborhood

12:15-1:00 LUNCH

1:00-1:30 QUIET TIME: books, stuffed animals, felt stories

1:30-3:00 NAP

3:00-3:15 WAKE UP: snack and table top activities

3:15-3:30 AFTERNOON CIRCLE: circle time games, music, and movement


4:15-5:00 OUTSIDE TIME: games in the park

5:00-6:00 TEA TIME: reading books, parents pick-up

Extracted from the Marina Children's Center web site.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

"We offer a number of services that we hope will be beneficial to you as parents and support your family relationship. They include: A monthly newsletter which highlights information about the upcoming months curriculum as well as interesting articles and web sites. A printed copy of the monthly curriculum calendar so you may discuss the activities with your child before and after school. A service which we call Parent Night Out. For a minimal fee per child, this designated evening of childcare provides an opportunity for parents to connect with each other, see adult friends, schedule appointments, etc. The child's dinner is provided. Semi-annual conferences to discuss your child's progress and upcoming developmental needs. We are also available for any additional conferences that you or we deem necessary throughout the year to ensure that your child is receiving all of the support and assistance necessary to be successful." Extracted from the Marina Children's Center web site.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Go on field trips
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school