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Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center Child Development Program

660 Lombard Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

(415) 421-6443


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

"Tel-Hi's diverse curricula help children to develop confidence, self-esteem, and appropriate social skills in order to interact and respect others." Extracted from the Tel-Hi Web-Site

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 Tel-Hi offers unique opportunities, such as music and movement, science, gardening, field trips, and exposure to foreign languages, including Chinese, Spanish, Russian, and American Sign Language.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Tel-Hi's Child Development Preschool Program offers high-quality education for children ages 2.5 to 5. Tel-Hi children gain tools to develop their abilities in the areas of cognition, sensory/motor skills, emotional and social development, language, literacy, and imagination. Tel-Hi's learning environment includes a variety of play materials that offer children many choices in the process of discovery. Our State-licensed facility includes an on-site playground, gymnasium, garden, and kitchen. Teachers meet State child development education requirements, are bilingual, and sensitive to cultural, ethnic, and economic diversity."

Extracted from the Tel-Hi Web-Site

Home-School Connection

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