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Heads Up CDC

2841 Junction Avenue, Suite 100
San Jose, CA 945134

(408) 432-1644


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
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Montessori language activities, sand paper letter, metal insets, sound boxes, and more
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • patterning activities, Montessori math curriculum, counting activities, numeration, addition/subtraction/operations and more
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
  • Magnifying glasses, botany area
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • music teacher who visits 1 time per week for songs, dance and games
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • display art at Downtown venues during month of the Young Child Art Show
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
  • movement activities 2 times per day, trampoline, balance beam, dancing, parachute activitiy, hula hoops
Other subjects taught cooking projects 1 time per week spanish instruction 1 time per week nature walks local field trips

From the Director:

Our HeadsUp! philosophy reflects the Montessori materials, curriculum & approach, with movement, dramatic play, art, music, and other activities. Our teacher to child ratios are lower than state requirements. This allows for smaller groups and teachers more available to interact with children as they participate in group activities or work independently.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

HeadsUp! recognizes and encourages the astonishing capabilities of young children.

Through a rigorous curriculum and innovative activities, it encourages the development of their fundamental thinking skills. These skills are the source of all physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development.

Research has shown repeatedly that the critical skills necessary for success in all facets of life do not develop by themselves, but are part of the cultural heritage of human beings and must be learned.

HeadsUp! encourages children to become conscious of and take pride in their emerging competence. By becoming aware of and committed to their skills, children are better able to use them.

Our centers follow an eclectic approach to early learning: they borrow from the best model programs and make use of developments arising from the most recent educational research.

The infant and toddler programs are based on the innovative HeadsUp! Approach. They make use of play and learning games to help establish the necessary learning foundations.

The preschool program employs an enhanced Montessori curriculum incorporating art, music, and imaginative play into Montessori's traditional emphasis on practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, science, and cultural activities.

The elementary programs build on this foundation and stimulate children to recognize and fulfill their full academic potential.

A Typical Day

7:30am Arrival-Children begin to arrive on a flexible schedule that fits parents' work schedules. Upon arrival, they choose among several activities, all tailored to their developmental level. They also decide if they want to work alone, with a friend, or in a small group of peers.

9:00am Circle time-Children greet each other formally and a teacher presents a 'Montessori job.' While the choice of specific jobs is up to children, it is time for everyone to be engaged in some job or activity.

9:15am Work time-Whether it is a traditional academic task, an art project, or imaginative play, children undertake a meaningful activity under the guidance of trained teachers who ensure that the activities are developmentally appropriate and meet the various needs of an individual child.

11:00am Outside time-Children engage in structured games and activities as well as 'free play' that affords them the opportunity to explore their own interests and friendships. HeadsUp! offers a structured gross-motor play program designed to encourage fitness and develop skills.

12:00noon Lunch time-Because of its diverse clientele and their wide range of food preferences, children bring their own lunches. Optionally, parents may purchase catered lunches on days of their choice according to the menu provided in advance. Lunch time is also a learning time, with the curriculum focusing on good manners and proper hygiene.

1:00pm Nap time-Most children nap in the afternoon. They awake on their own schedules and select an activity after they have put away their napping mat.

2:30pm Work time and outside time-The choice of activities is similar to that offered in the mornings. As in the morning, this may be the time for Spanish, Chinese, music, or a walk to the park.

6:00pm Quiet time and departure: While children may depart at any time, most begin to leave after 5:00. The remaining students clean up their work areas and engage in projects of their choice or storytelling until the center closes.


Separation is Handled through:

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