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Head Start (Ridder Park Dr.)

1290 Ridder Park Drive
San Jose, CA 95131

(408) 453-6900


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
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Leap Frog
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Counters, manipulative, blocks, etc.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Science kits
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Our preschool focuses on mental health, health, and social skills curriculum as well. Also, we work very closely with the school district with children who has special needs.

From the Director:

The main curriculum that our program adapts is the High Scope Curriculum. The curriculum focuses on key experiences that are incorporated into the daily activities. Our program also focuses on inclusion of children with special needs.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Individualizing the curriculum to meet each child's needs is the main focus of our curriculum. All children and families are to set educational goals with the teaching staff that are reviewed on a regular basis. Teachers adapt teaching strategies based on children's needs and strength.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

SCCOE Head Start/ Early Head Start program is committed to the delivery of comprehensive child development education, health, and social services that enrich the lives of children and families that we serve in the community.

A Typical Day

There are two program options available.

A 3 1/2 hour day or a full day.

Typical schedule would involve children having breakfast at the site, doing circle or large group time, small groups, planning on what they want to work on during free play, free play for about 45 minutes, recall what they worked on during free play, outside time, lunch, tooth brushing, nap, afternoon snack, reading time, group time, outside time, and pick up time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We do home visits twice a year and two conferences twice a year. In addition, we have parent meetings once a month and additional parent workshops throughout the year.We offer kindergarten transition assistance. We hold workshops on kindergarten transition by inviting kindergarten teachers. We also do kindergarten visitations to nearby schools.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parent are always welcome to stay. Separation process is gradual.