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Neighborhood Play Garden

59 Grand View Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94114

(415) 282-3528


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Waldorf, Co-op

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

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Neighborhood Playgarden is a play-based parent participation program influenced by the work of Rudolf Steiner. We are a Lifeways representative center and work with parents and children to support sustainable family life in San Francisco.

A Typical Day

8:30 a.m. Arrival, breakfast served
9:30 a.m. Circle time
9:50 a.m. Group art activity (painting, baking, crafts, drawing)
10:15 a.m. Creative free play, inside and outside
10:45 a.m. Morning snack
12:30 p.m. Clean up inside and outide
12:45 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Story
1:30 p.m. Departure

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent-teacher conferences 2-3 times per year, monthly newsletter, a monthly parent education meeting, bi-monthly parent handwork and craft classes, Open House, parent participation program, family camping in fall and spring, festivals and monthly Parents' Night Out.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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:

  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Neighborhood Playgarden support parents in finding the best way to work with their children who are experiencing separation anxiety. Parents are welcome to stay with their children until they adjust to the program.