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Cassidy Preschool

2122 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 829-5700


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

At Cassidy we honor children by giving them the time and space they need to develop at their own pace, in their own unique way. We nurture and challenge, support and encourage, listen and engage. We care about what children think, how they feel, and what they have to say about their world.Put simply, we are passionate about 0-6. It's what we do; it's who we are.

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
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Our approach is thoughtful and balanced. It is also developmentally appropriate and based on best practices in our field. We are inspired by a variety of philosophies and approaches, which we blend together into a program that reflects our commitment to helping children lay the best possible social, emotional, physical and cognitive foundations.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Cassidy staff is the heart of our school. Faculty members are committed to their individual and collective growth, and to collaborating with each other in order to deliver a seamless and integrated program that reaches from classroom to classroom and includes our outdoor learning spaces.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

To nurture and support children to grow happy and healthy in all the ways that matter.

A Typical Day

Children's days are filled with art. music, play, movement, collaboration, creativity, engagement, connection and much more.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We work very closely with the families in our program. The parent/teacher relationship is nurtured and respected as the important link between home and school that allows us to best serve the children in our care.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Thoughtfulness and support is at the heart of our separation process, which does not have a one-size-fits-all approach. We work with each family to determine what will work best for their child and family.