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YMCA - Mission

4080 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94112

(415) 586-6900


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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 more

More Information

  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught Character Values stressed: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Excerpted from YMCA Mission's website, 2006.

From the Director:

"Curriculum based on cognitive and creative skills building." Extracted from YMCA Mission's website, 2006.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The YMCA preschool provides a nurturing and stimulating environment for children from 2 to 5 years of age. Children experience a curriculum rich in cognitive and creative skill building. The preschool is set in a culturally diverse environment that serves to strengthen each child's sense of self. Realizing the importance of each step in your child's learning experiences, our preschool is divided into three classrooms to encourage physical, emotional, and cognitive growth appropriate for his/her developmental needs and has a large, newly renovated play yard. We are licensed by the State of California and have Spanish, English, and Arabic speaking staff on-site.

Excerpted from YMCA Mission Website, 2006.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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