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St Joseph Early Learning Center

204 Hampton Drive
Venice, CA 90291

(310) 396-6468


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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
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • developmental materials
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • developmental materials
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • developmental materials
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • developmental materials
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • developmental materials
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • developmental materials
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
  • 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
  • developmental materials
Other subjects taught We provide both native English and Spanish-speaking children with the chance to become bilingual early in life through play, art, music, and performance.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At St Joseph center we believe that individual child deserves a safe, supportive and nurturing environment where children develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. We also believe that playing is learning. Child initiated and teacher supported play is an essential component of our program. Our developmentally appropriate creative curriculum encourages children’s self-exploration and discovery through play, interactions with peers, adults, and materials in the environment. Our diverse early childhood classroom helps children develop positive attitudes toward others who are different from themselves and enables children with diverse needs to better achieve their full potential.
Bilingual classrooms provide both native English and Spanish-speaking children with the chance to become bilingual early in life through play, art, music, and performance. A high quality bilingual environment opens up a new world of future possibilities for every child.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on