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Center for Children and Families at CSUSM

453 La Moree Road
San Marcos, CA 92078

(760) 750-8750


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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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity more

More Information

  • 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

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our low ratios (1:4 in our jr preschool, 1:7 in preschool, and 1:10 in pre-k) allow teachers the time and space to see each child as an individual. Children with demonstrated strengths are encouraged to model and develop their skills, and children who need more suppport or direction are provided with those as necessary.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that every child is entitled to: a safe environment; nurturing, creative, qualified teachers; and a developmentally appropriate program. We believe that play is the means through which children explore concepts, acquire skills, and develop successful relationships.

A Typical Day

Family-style meals (included in tuition), playground, large and small group activities, music, and gardening.

Each class has a routine that is flexible and evolves according to children's interests and energy each day.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We believe in school-family partnerships and cultivate those relationships in a number of ways: daily notes; monthly newsletters; weekly emails from director; student assessments and parent conferences scheduled twice yearly; such family events as "Pizza and Pumpkins", all-school Birthday Bash, Cocoa and Carols, and National Night Out.
We have an open-door policy for parents, who are invited to observe and participate at any time.

Parents have access to the program through our "parent cams" which allow you to observe your child through a secure link on your computer. This access gives parents an unprecedented look into their child's day at school.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We support both children and parents who have separation anxiety! Each child's separation routine is determined by the parents' needs and the child's temperament. Some children are successful when their parents drop and go, others require parents to stay for brief periods or to attend on an abbreviated schedule for the first days. We work with you and your child to make the transition as smooth as possible.