Back to San Francisco Preschools

Muffinville Preschool

4930 California street (@11ave)
San Francisco, CA 94118

(415) 203-2987

7 parents took the survey TAKE THE SURVEY

Full day program. 3,4,5 days/week options. We work hard to provide safe and happy environment. We encourage couriosity. Good values come through teaching and creating age appropriate environment, variety of teacher led activities and free play acitivities, gymnastics practices. We play a lot of sports (basics). We make sure children eat healthy, by providing fresh cooked meals.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We make sure children have enough and not too much of both styles: play based and teacher-led instruction.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At this age we usually don't divide children in the categories given by SavvySource: behind, excelling, or different.
Children are divided by age during academic activities, French at Play program, and gymnastics classes. Yoga, music, art, and other special activities are given to the mixed age group.
Happens often that some young children show great abilities in different areas, so we don't hold them back and if they are ready mentally to be with older children during morning activities we let them join. If we identify a problem in some area for any particular child we don't rush to make conclusions, but giving it a time in most case with some extra help from teachers and parents children thrive.
When more professional attention needed we let parents know and duscuss the possibilites together.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Muffinville school provides great learning environment that supports all aspects of the child.
At our school each child feels respected, loved, secure, and open to learning.
Our curriculum is designed to encourage children to enjoy the process of learning and to love school.
Our strong sports program helps children to learn their bodies' abilities and acquire basic skills in team and individual sports. We have very strong gymnastics (age appropriate) program on site.
Puzzles and blocks activities are part of afternoon play.
All children participate at "French at Play" program where they learn similar language skills, as they do in English.
Our wonderful music teacher plays significant part in the program by teaching children to play different instruments, using their voices, to love and appreciate different styles, to move with the music.
Our outings give children opportunities to see the world outside of preschool walls: parks, bus trips, office visits, post office, police and fire stations, local stores.
We make sure children take pride in their school by helping keeping it clean, taking care of toys and books, helping each other, helping in table set and cleaning after each meal, helping with fruits cutting or afternoon light supper preparation.

A Typical Day

7:30am-9am Arrival and breakfast upon arrival
9:15am-9:30am Good Morning Circle
9:30 am-11am Academic program rotation with French program and short Yoga breaks in between (age group division), water and fruits are availble to children at this time.
11am - 12:30pm Outdoor free play with each age group brought back to school for 30 minutes gymnastics and body awareness class.
12:30 Lunch
1pm-3:30pm Nap
3:30pm-4pm Light supper
4pm-5pm Art work
5pm-6pm Outdoor play, pick up time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents get emails on weekly basis. We provide information about what was done during the week and plans for the next week.
We do have few minutes everyday at pick up time to talk to parents, answer their question, rase conserns.
We have twice/year official parents/teacher conferences.
If there is a need for meeting we arrange it any day before pick up time.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

3 month before school year starts we invite new families to join us for a play dates. One hour/week.
We try to vary morning and evening sessions, so future students can see children at drop off and pick up time.
It is not nessasary, but proved to be very helpful.
First 2 weeks we allowed new parents to stay for up to 30 minutes. We strongly recommend not to sneack out, however few times it made separation much easier for some children.
We pay a lot of extra attention to new children and try to accomodate everybody.