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Whitney Young Child Development Center, Inc.

100 Whitney Young Circle
San Francisco, CA 94124

(415) 821-7550


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We have knowledge of what the kindergarten requirements are. We tstrive to assure that our students are adequately prepared and can surpass the standard educational requirements.

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
  • Counting games, number songs, calculators
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Games
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
  • Water play
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Singing, music games
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Clay, play dough, photos
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 We have specialist that work with the children doing special fine arts activities. We teach the children caporia, self defense, and ballet. Each of these class are taught by qualified instructors.

From the Director:

Whitney Young currently uses We strongly believe in getting our children ready for the next step. It is important that we lay a proper foundation for them to learn.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Provide a safe environment for all children. Engage parents in the learning process and encourage their envolvement in our parent group. Allow children to have fun while learning. Encourage children to explore ,to dream, and to have hope. We believe that children should be children and be offered every opportunity to learn and become productive citizens..

A Typical Day

Children arrive and are served breakfast. They have free choice until 8 am., then they go to their classrooms.

From 8-11, the curriculum is taught. There is a 10 a.m. snack.

After 11am, there is outside play until 12.

From 12-1 Lunch is served.

1-3 Nap time.

3 pm until closing is filled with different activities. We have a literacy program that comes to work with the children-Jump Start. Teachers have different activities. We have a specialist that teaches self defense in the afternoon as well.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The staff does 2 monthly observations on the children. The children are assessed within 60 days upon enrollment and after that it is done every 4-6 months depending on the age of the child. We also have Teacher-Parent conferences twice a year. Parent are also given a survey to do twice a year. We provide information on various schools for our children to attend.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on