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Saratoga Community Preschool

19655 Allendale Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070

Phone:
(408) 741-1720

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Play is of utmost importance and children are encouraged to immerse themselves in what interests them most. Activities are developed around the changing seasons and integrate the environment, world cultures and traditions through songs, games, cooking projects and outdoor play. Through these activities, children are exposed to language arts, mathematics, science, music and movement. Parents choose to join us for a minimum of two days per month for the two or three day programs and three days per month for the four or five day programs. There is a range of 12-20 children in both the morning and afternoon sections.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Not applicable, this is an open-ended, multi-level curriculum

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Free play with some structure). We believe that children learn best through free play, but that some structure is helpful. We provide structure through targeted teacher encouragement, play stations, etc. There is a formal structure to our curriculum, but children move through it at their own pace receiving guidance when needed

A Typical Day

Greeting and group time, mostly language and motor. Planned activities and free play Group time, consisting of language and music. Snack Outdoor time. Small group time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

This is a parent-participating preschool. Parents assist the director 2-3 days per month. Any developmental issues are discussed as appropriate, with remedial actions suggested.Provide support to families in order to determine the optimal learning and social environment for their child.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Dependent upon the separation anxiety, we address: Parent Separation Anxiety by encouraging parents to participate in small group activities which include their own child, gradually weaning them toward more activities encompassing the entire class. Child Separation Anxiety by acknowledging the child's distress, and working through it through art work, gardening or any redirecting activity. Parents are kept advised of the progress, and occasionally are asked to consult, all based on trust.