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Sunnyside Preschool

17 Cushing Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 479-6002

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

WE have a unique program designed for children 15 months to 3 1/2 years. It's purpose is to provide;
- Small group experience for toddlers in the security of a safe, loving home environment.

- A place where each child is treated as an individual and is encouraged to move at his or her own pace.

- A supportive atmosphere for parents as they watch their children grow into happy, self-confident , independent 3 year olds.

- A natural flow though growth and development building self-confidence, self esteem and enhancing overall well being.


A Typical Day

9.00: drop off
9.30: Outside time
10.15: Outside circle time (gross motor skills)
10.35: Snack time
10.45 to 11.30: Work time in the classroom
11.30: Inside circle time (songs, poem, puppets...)
12.00: Outside time
12.30: Lunch time
1.00 to 3.00: Nap time
3.30: Snack time
3.45: Story time
4.00 Pick up

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:

  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Starting preschool is a very big step for the children but also for the parents. Every precaution is taken to ensure that everybody is happy and ready to let go.