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Tiny Giants Daycare & Preschool

1748 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

(415) 359-9499

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Tiny Giants Daycare and Preschool will be making some changes beginning in the summer of 2012. We are excited to announce the opening of a second site, Tiny Giants, Too!, which will service infants and toddlers until age three in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco. The existing site will begin to increase our preschool capacity, with a second 2s class in the fall of 2012, a second 3s class in the fall of 2013, and a second pre-K class in the fall of 2014. By the fall of 2015 Tiny Giants Preschool will have 2 full classes of 25 children at each age group.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Our goal is to provide a rich variety of learning experiences for the children to expose them to as many different things as possible in the time they are with us. No two children are the same and within our structure we are able to enhance strengths and foster the differences of each child individually.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught All children enjoy cooking projects once a week. Our 3s class has music and movement class once a week provided by an outside service for the class and the pre-K, in addition to music and movement once a week, has spanish class once a week, also from an outside teacher. All of these classes are provided by the school and are not an additional cost to the family.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At Tiny Giants we strive to met the individual needs of each child. There are many opportunities for one on one or small group work with the teachers.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

It is the goal of Tiny Giants to provide children with optimal social and emotional growth in a loving, caring and safe environment. Physical as well as intellectual development is promoted while teaching the importance of being kind, patient, and self-confident. Tiny Giants strives to mold well-rounded secure children who have a positive self-concept about themselves.

A Typical Day

Morning Circle -- greetings, calendar,
#1 Activity Time -- centers and teacher-directed activities,
Outside Time,
Stories, Music & Movement,
#2 Activity Time -- teacher-directed circle or table activities,

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Open house, notes, phone calls, voice mail, e-mail, special meetings, several regular conferences, regular newsletter

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
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation