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Early Discoveries CDC

14381 Bercaw Ln
San Jose, CA 95124

(408) 879-9921


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Inspiring children to learn, play hard and laugh out-loud.

A safe place to learn, grow and be creative for children 2 years of age through Kindergarten

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

High Scope

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 Spanish Tumbling

From the Director:

Why do children at Early Discoveries look like they are having so much fun? Because play is the foundation for learning and Early Discoveries takes play very seriously. EDCDC teachers promote play by creating theme-based lesson plans to meet the individual needs of the children in their classrooms. They introduce developmentally appropriate materials and activities in Learning Centers. These Centers are hands-on areas and include music, science, math, creative art, writing, computers and dramatic play.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Early Discoveries CDC we believe...
-that every child is talented, capable of learning and has unique gifts and strengths that should be celebrated
-that children need encouragement, consistency, clear expectations and healthy boundaries
-that by providing a comfortable and safe environment, children will feel empowered to take the risks involved in learning new things
-that learning should be hands on, interactive, imaginative, integrated, and FUN!

We provide a place where...
-children are valued for their sense of wonder and their natural desire to learn
-children discover learning is fun
-children are encouraged to explore
-the staff works together for the benefit of the children
-families are valued for the support they provide their children, for the partnerships they build with our staff and for their willingness to entrust their children into our care
-children can grow and learn to their fullest potential

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation