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MACC Phelan Preschool

801 Hibiscus Lane
San Jose, CA 95117

(408) 260-0209


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MACC Phelan Preschool offers a developmental program that is play-based with some structure. We also offer a parent participation option. There is a small tuition reduction for parents who assist in the classroom on a regular basis. A low teacher:student ratio ensures a first school experience in a warm, loving environment. We offer art exploration with a variety of media, children's literature, music, and rhythm and movement. The program also includes some science, cooking, pre-math and pre-reading. Throughout the program, we emphasize the process, not the product, and focus on the development of the whole child. The MACC Phelan Preschool offers a large, child-centered classroom with a broad variety of activity areas as well as an extensive play yard. The classroom has many creative corners to explore, including a creative arts center, blocks, puzzles, playdough table, and dramatic play area. The yard includes a huge sandbox, an elaborate climbing structure, lawn and garden areas, water and sensory tables, and plenty of space for tricycles and wheel toys. MACC Phelan Preschool boasts teachers who hold four-year BA degrees and have extensive preschool experience and teacher training that meets, and, in most cases, exceeds state licensing requirements in Early Childhood Education. Our parent organization, MACC, is a California not-for-profit corporation that has served the community for over 35 years.We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, or national origin

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We start our year with a lot of free play and some structure and do have more teacher led instruction as the year progresses and the children are ready for it. Our timetables change according to the grouping of children we have.

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
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 We use the nationally recognized Handwriting Without Tears Program with our 4 year olds as they are ready for such activities. The program was designed by an Occupational Therapist specifically for preschoolers.

From the Director:

Our activity time is mainly free play with some structure. However, our circle time starts out at the beginning of the year being very short with lots of movement. As the year progresses, we have longer circles and stories as the children are ready for them. We have a lot of socialization learning in the 3's and more structure in the 4's.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

For those who are 'behind', we try to offer more one-on-one help. Depending on age, we suggest repeating the program. For those who are 'excelling', we offer more challenging activities. We work closely with the parents regarding both situations.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Classes concentrate on socialization, helping the children develop good listening skills and a cooperative, sharing attitude, along with increasing large and small motor coordination. We offer both parent participation and drop off programs.

A Typical Day

Preschool table activities
Opening circle
Outside time
Short circle with sharing
Activities (art)
Clean up & closing circle

Circles include: Singing, flannel board stories, rhyme and movement.

The older group (4s) also has a small group time with some structured activities.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have an orientation meeting and open house at the start of the school year. Teachers talk with parents each day and will have parent conferences whenever requested or needed. Parent education meetings are held at least three times a school year. Formal parent/teacher conferences are arranged for 4-year olds. Monthly newsletters help keep parents informed and information is available on the school website.There are also Moms' groups on Yahoo for both 3's and 4's.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have an open house for children and parents just before school starts. We are flexible and will allow parents to stay the first few days if they feel that is best. We request that parents leave if they say they are going. We will call them if there is a problem.