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UCSF KIRKHAM CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

10 Kirkham Street
San Francisco, CA 94143-0926

Phone:
(415) 476-1469

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are committed to respecting each individual–staff, parent/guardian, and child–by understanding each family’s individual needs. We believe that children learn best in an environment that is child-centered. Trained teachers provide daily experiences that stimulate cognitive, social, and emotional growth and development. Our centers are designed to support, nurture, and enhance all areas of children's development. All children are regarded as individuals of equal worth and value, who come to us at their own developmental level, and who bring with them a unique mixture of family background, life experience, cultural values, learning style, and distinctive ways of being in the world. Early Care & Education (ECE) professionals foster the development of children, and create a strong foundation for lifelong learning by providing developmentally appropriate education and quality care, support for families, and resources for the campus community.

A Typical Day

The new two-story facility provides a warm, interesting, and nurturing environment where each child can explore and grow at their own pace. Classrooms have "home-like" touches, and have been designed to be welcoming spaces for children and families, as well as providing a comfortable place for teachers to work in. While the center is an inviting space for everyone, it is primarily designed for children. The natural tones through every classroom allow the children's artwork and materials to be the visual focus. Each age-appropriate classroom provides children with primary caregivers, and a gentle learning environment. Relationships established within the classroom and center community, with both peers and teachers, are encouraged and valued.

Outdoor physical activity and nature exploration will occur daily (weather and air quality permitting) for all ages. The colorful adjacent playground, with an upper and lower level connected by a ramp, will be used to further facilitate each child's learning and developmental experiences. Activities such as outdoor art, sand and water play, gardening, reading, nature walks, and free play will be part of daily activities.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on