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Kirsten's Neighborhood Preschool

865 Cobalt Ct.
Tracy, CA 95377

(209) 830-9931


As a home-based preschool in Tracy, CA, I am thrilled to open my home to the bright eyes and inquisitive minds of young children. I offer a well-rounded program to meet your child's cognitive, social, emotional, fine and gross motor, sensory and developmental needs - through exploration using imaginative play, activities that engage the senses and the mind, as well as cooperative play and interactions.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

* Play-based curriculum with lots of opportunities for social interactions, hands-on learning and open exploration. * Fun, creative approaches to language, science, and math incorporated into daily lessons and activities. * Spacious, organized classroom with centers designed to encourage imaginative play and fun. * A large outdoor play area with lots of room for active play, creative fun and games.

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
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
  • 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 I providing a rotating library of books that changes each and every week corresponding with our theme that week. I also offer table activities that change with each theme and have a varied math/science, fine motor, or language theme, as well as well-stocked, high quality preschool toys, and ample time to explore these self-directed activities daily.

From the Director:

I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University and 10 years experience in both center and home-based preschools as both a teacher and director of programs. My experience and passion culminated in the opening of my own home-based preschool in 2010. I began with 2 families and have grown to 13 families in one year, and hope to continue expanding with morning and afternoon classes offered daily.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

I have had unexpected journeys with my own children, as my youngest daughter was born with special needs requiring extensive time with physical and occupational therapists, as well as other professionals, and prescribed exercises and activities to practice at home daily with my child. These experiences gave me great insight to the steps all children take to master many different life skills. All children can benefit from activities – large motor, fine motor and sensory activities designed to promote healthy development and growth in childhood. I am thankful to have had these experiences with the many wonderful professionals that helped my child through the years, and it has helped me develop preschool activities and games that promote independence and healthy development in ALL young children – always with the goal of FUN in mind! Fun and learning are ALWAYS goals in planning my curriculum and activities, but always with thought given to developmental stages of each child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Celebrating each child's natural rhythm of learning through play.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

I maintain a close connection with parents in my program. I send out newsletters my families once a month, and keep a very open line of communication with my families. I believe a child's family are their first and most important teacher, and I provide a supplement and support to the foundation they provide.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Typically, my program is so small that there has been a gentle transition for children into the classroom. When I have had children with difficulty in transitioning, I invite the parents to remain with the children until they become more comfortable in their surrounding, and provide a chance to gently, and with lots of comfort and kindness, introduce them to what is often their first time separating from their families.