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Shepherd of the Valley Preschool

23838 Kittridge St.
West Hills, CA 91307

(818) 347-6784


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Shepherd of the Valley Preschool is a safe, nurturing environment where the uniqueness of each child is recognized and respected. We offer a developmentally appropriate program where our students develop at their own rate.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers use many differentiated instruction techniques. They are able to see where a student is in his/her development and tailor the program to that student's needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We recognize that parents have the primary responsibility to educate their children, and we strive to work together in mutual trust and cooperation to enhance the development of each child. Our nurturing staff works closely with the family to ensure a smooth transition from home to school.

Our staff is highly trained in early childhood development and sensitive to childrenâ??s needs. It is our goal to provide a developmentally and age-appropriate program which allows children to learn at their own pace in a safe and healthy setting. Through structured and unstructured activities and a wide variety of learning materials, children gain knowledge through exposure and experiences. Children will be given time to explore their world, empowering them to reach their highest potential. By asking open ended questions, our staff encourages problem solving skills and critical thinking. We are committed to helping children grow socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically in a warm and caring atmosphere.

SOV is a non-profit, church related school and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, or national and ethnic origin. It is open to children from three to five years of age.

A Typical Day

8:45-9:00 Arrival: Tabletop toys, puzzles, etc.
9:00-9:30 Circle and Calendar/story and song
9:30-10:00 Art
10:00-10:20 Outside play
10:20-10:45 Snack
10:45-11:00 Music or Spanish
11:00-11:15 Learning Activity
11:15-11:35 Outside time/tricycles
11:35-12:15 Center Time
12:15 Dismissal
12:15-2:30 Optional Stay and Play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our teachers are highly visable and approachable. They speak to each parent daily and tell them about their child's day. There is at least one individual conference with each family, as well as several opportunities during the year to meet and have coffee and conversation with the teachers and other parents.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

The teachers work with the families on an individual basis. Parents are assured that they will receive a phone call to tell of their child's progress during the day.