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Phoebe A. Hearst Preschool Learning Center

1315 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

(415) 931-1018


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

"Art is a major part of the curriculum. The school also offers music, movement, and dramatic play." Extracted from the 2005-2006 brochure.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Phoebe A. Hearst Preschool Learning Center is a child-centered preschool, committed to the growth of each child in a caring environment that nurtures self-acceptance and exploration. The preschool environment is a testament to a belief in childhood: The curriculum is a legacy of former director Rhoda Kellogg's philosophy that children excel when given the opportunity to explore, experience, and express themselves through art. In addition to art, they offer music, dramatic play, story telling and active play. The program blends supervised activities and self-initiated learning. Each classroom is designed to enhance the developmental learning levels of the children in the program. Indoor and outdoor activities encourage imagination and playful spirit. The school respects autonomy in conflict and learning situations. Teachers are alert and ready to protect, counsel, and guide, but they believe that children learn to work out problems and conflicts on their own. They emphasize the process of learning rather than the product. They want to give each child the seed of confidence that grows with every success." Extracted from the Phoebe Hearst web site.

A Typical Day

7:30 - 8:30 am Early morning care
8:30 - 9 am Children begin preschool day
9 - 9:45 am Free play (Music class on Wednesday)
(Trapeze Arts on Thursday)
9:45 - 10 am Clean up and bathroom
10 - 10:20 am Snack
10:20 am Circle Time
10:45 am - 12 pm Class splits into 2 groups for small group activities and some groups visit Art Room during this time
12 - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 - 1 pm Bathroom and rest time preparation
1 - 2:30 pm Rest time
3 pm Snack
3:30 - 4 pm Clean up and all classrooms join on Rooftop playground for pick up
4:30 - 6 pm Extended care

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

"Phoebe Hearst has a Parent Committee that is a dedicated group of parents who help fundraise to support financial aid and enrichment programs. Phoebe Hearst also has a Foster Grandparent Program which offers an intergenerational experience for the children. Phoebe Hearst also has weekly coffees in the lobby and potluck dinners for parents." Extracted from the 2005-2006 brochure.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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
  • 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