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YMCA - St. Francis

399 San Fernando Way
San Francisco, CA 94127-1913

(415) 452-9622


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our YMCA Preschool offers a nurturing, well supervised environment with the focus on each child's social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Using monthly themes, your child will have the opportunity to explore and grow through activities such as arts and crafts, music, cooking, field trips and guest speakers.

A Typical Day

7:00 - 12:30 Half Day
7:00 - 6:00 Full Day

7:00 - 8:30 Early drop-off & supervised free-play
8:30 - 9:00 Snack
9:00 - 9:30 Circle Time
9:30 - 10:30 Structured Learning Activities
10:30 - 11:00 Music & Movement
11:00 - 12:00 Outside Free Play
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 1:00 Storytime
1:00 - 3:00 Naptime
3:00 Snack
3:30 - 4:00 Circle Time
4:00 - 5:00 Inside Activities
5:00 - 6:00 Outside Activities

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent Orientation Night
Monthly Parent's Place meetings
Monthly Newsletters
Individual Child Journals
Parent Teacher Conferences (twice per year)
Phone calls

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each child handles the start of school differently, therefore each situation is handled on a case-by-case basis. Depending upon the situation teachers will meet with the parents and suggest methods of easing the separation anxiety. Some method used are:
- Talking about school during off days
- Creating a daily pattern to ease the transition (i.e. reading a book together each day at drop-off time)
- Drawing pictures to describe our feelings (or writing a letter, etc.)