C5 Children’s School has many annual and special events throughout the year. Here is a sampling of what we offer.

Tours of Our Centers

Public Group Tours are available during our Open House sessions for families who are interested in enrollment. They are usually held once each month on Sundays. You are welcome to sign up online.

Private tours are also available. Simply apply online to be considered for enrollment, pay the $75 application fee, and call for a private interview and tour for you and your spouse.


Special Recognition

We received special acknowledgement from California State Assemblyman David Chin for our leadership in producing a Festival of Learning for 11 years that is being replicated in part now by over 20 early childhood education programs in the city.


Professionals Group Tour

On Monday, August 10th, a local Infant-Toddler Program staff all came to C5 for their professional development day and spent two hours with Joe Wiseman, our Director of Learning, for in-depth question and answer periods and his guided tours of both centers.


Outdoor Play Areas

Planting Day is scheduled for Saturday, August 14th from 9am to 12 Noon. Parents and staff members will plant the three new fan palm trees in the big wooden planter boxes and the 45 other new plants in the children’s outdoor play area that borders on Redwood Alley at the SF City Building Center.


Annual Picnic

Our Annual Picnic is usually scheduled for August each year. A popular venue has been the Julius Kahn Park in San Francisco’s Presidio. The event is a highlight for socializing and bringing together families, staff members from both centers and classrooms, trying out a diverse array of foods and drinks, and playing on one of the best playgrounds in the city.


Fall Family Festival

Parents form a committee and make their own unique plan to organize and conduct this special event each year. It is scheduled for this coming October 16th. It usually includes a large potluck and a wide range of activities, displays, singing, and socializing among families and staff.


Music Together Three-Day Teacher Training

C5 will host, again, this year the Music Together teacher training in our conference center and cafeteria January 29-31, 2016. Deanna Decampos, Music Together’s Director of Education will come from New York City to conduct the comprehensive 28-hour training. Music educators from around the Bay Region will attend. C5 will be placing three of our teachers with musical ability in the training. They will conduct weekly Music Together sessions in our classrooms each week thereafter. They will join the other four staff members who are already trained and conveying three of Music Together’s nine collections each year to children and families as part of regular tuition.


Parents Night Out

Parents have the opportunity on select evenings during the year to leave their child at the Center with C5 teachers and staff while they take an evening on the town. Some parents go on a date together, some do special shopping, others visit museums or parks, some join other couples, and others find creative things to do. The children are served a meal and have special activities. Getting to wear pajamas at school is a much anticipated part of the evening. These are scheduled when demand peaks; usually about twice a year.


Imagination Workshop

On Saturday, May 5, over 100 parents, family members, educators, and members of the community explored how children’s imaginations contribute to their social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

They also saw the amazing exhibit of children’s work from all age groups, infants through pre-kindergarten, in the Great Hall.

They toured the Preschool Center classrooms.

Refreshments and Networking Began at 8:30 am.

Individuals interested in participating registered online and completed a brief survey on a link there. They used the results of the survey in the workshop.

Door prizes were also given to attendees and included four HP 3-in-1 Color Printers, high quality art supplies, and an array of other prizes.

The Imagination Workshop was part of our four week-long Festival of Learning: “Dreaming and Doing – The Power of Collaborating Teams and Individual Imagination” celebrating children and their work with teachers, parents, and community members that was available to the public from May 1—24, 2012.

At the workshop, educators, parents, and community members explored their perspectives and experiences of how children using their imaginations impacts how they learn and develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically. The influences of the Reggio Emilia approach, an emergent curriculum, and a project emphasis were some of the examples examined in addition to others that were introduced by participants.

For fun and for building an identity along the lines of their interest in a discussion topic, participants were invited to come dressed in the colors that represented the learning domain that they chose in their registration material to explore at the workshop. We saw a rainbow of colors and varied interests being actively demonstrated in the room!

At the workshop, the discussion groups formed and explored how imagination affects their chosen domain. They referenced the survey material sent in ahead of the workshop for their domain, and prepared a report to present to the whole group. The whole group heard each report, and the workshop facilitators responded to each report, stimulated further discussion, and introduced information from their own experiences. The workshop hosts summarized, gave out the door prizes, and led a transition to touring the exhibit of children’s work and the C5 Children’s School Preschool Center classrooms.

You are invited to join us next year for another exciting and informative workshop on another topic related to children’s optimal growth, learning, and development!


Family Food Experiences

You and each of the other families pick your own day in the year to bring in food or to prepare food in the classroom that is a part of your family culture. You sign up for the day in advance, plan for the event with your child’s teaching team and the Center Director, and come in to share food and related customs for about 15-20 minutes with your child’s learning group.

These events are very popular, and they help us to get to know each other better and to expose children to a wide variety of foods and customs.