Preschool Program


C5 Children’s School provides early education as a foundation for lifelong learning and academic and social success! We servechildren six weeks old to 5.9 years old and their families.

Progressive Preschool Programs in San Francisco, CA

C5 is a leader in facilitating a comprehensive inquiry approach and a project-based learning model that adapts to your child throughout their time at C5. Your child will engage in diverse activities–including a broad array of arts, dance, music, singing, storytelling, dramatic play, language, literacy, math, science photography, appropriate technology, web-based research, exploring environments and nature–and gain social skills and emotional intelligence.

Your preschool child will develop skills in effective group processes, powerful inquiry strategies and techniques, a comprehensive project approach, an appreciation for and skills in working with differences, familiarity with a wide range of materials, tools, and processes, use of appropriate technologies, strong literacy capabilities, and a love of learning while achieving self-confidence, self-sufficiency, and high self-esteem.

Teaching teams and support staff reference the California Department of Education Preschool Learning Foundations and related materials in planning for the program and in guiding your child and his or her learning group. The foundations outline key competencies, including attitudes, skills, and knowledge that most children can achieve when provided with the kinds of interactions, instruction, and environments that research has shown to promote early learning and development.

The foundations can provide early childhood educators, parents, and the public with a clear understanding of the wide range of capabilities that preschool children typically attain when given the benefits of a high-quality progressive preschool program.

When it is time for your child to transition to kindergarten, you can expect that she or he will have already met and exceeded the typical standards for entering a private or public kindergarten.

Here are a Few of Our Preschool Curriculum Components and Approaches

Partnership with Children:

Friendly Connecting to your child and being nurturing, gentle, caring, energized, and unfailingly positive

Safe Providing secure environments, materials, processes, and relationships

Emotionally Accessible Being so at all times, including during difficulties; continually relating to your child as an equal partner in a caring and skillful manner

Facilitating Learning Guiding on and adapting to your child to assist in co-constructing optimal learning experiences and your child making meaning that is powerful, important to them, integrated into their life, and long lasting

Community of Learners: Enhancing your child’s sense of membership in the learning group and implications for action; skills, attitudes, and knowledge involved in being an effective group member; support for peers and peer tutoring; attending to inclusion, understanding, appreciation, sharing power and influence; working toward individual and group goals and objectives; accomplishing desired aims; and renewing as a group

Emergent Curriculum: What comes from your child becomes the curriculum. For example, their inclinations, interests, fascinations, aspirations, temperament, learning styles; and, their current social, emotional, cognitive, and physical state; and, their capacities, family cultures, etc. This provides automatic motivation, sustained energy, and a powerful sense that they are the primary agent of their ongoing learning and development

100 Languages of Children: Introducing and developing a very wide range of materials, processes, tools, equipment, environments, concepts, etc. for exploration and expression; engaging variety in scope, scale, depth, and complexity of investigations and projects

Emphasis on Diversity: Recognizing, featuring, appreciating, and utilizing diversity in its many forms, such as in our bodies, brains, multiple intelligences, learning styles, attitudes, perspectives, approaches, materials, tools, processes, equipment, environments, languages, concepts, and cultures

Love of Learning: Finding and promoting joy in everything; attending to the climate in the group and program; celebrating discoveries, learning, participation, efforts, contributions, failings, and accomplishments

Resource Acquisition: Children will develop skills, attitudes, and knowledge about identifying and obtaining a wide range of internal and external resources. Examples are items within the classroom, center, and building; tapping peers; recruiting parents and family members; calling in individuals with experience, ideas, and expertise from the community; going to books and online for information, perspective, and channels to other resources; cultivating positive, productive attitudes and emotional intelligence; etc.

Areas of Focus that are Integrated and Holistically Experienced

Language: Listening; developing word familiarity and vocabulary; speaking; telling stories; rhyming; singing; presenting; experiencing books and other language-related items and materials

Literacy: Recognizing and developing symbol systems, including letters; reading; experiencing books; writing names; finding and making literacy elements in the environment and in life

Math: Counting; measuring; sorting; working with relationships, patterns, groupings, shapes, and applying to understanding and solving problems in the environment and life

Science*: Observing; questioning; hypothesizing; exploring; testing; documenting; engaging natural and artificial aspects; concluding, and examining implications for living

Engineering*: Envisioning, collaborating, designing, representing, presenting, negotiating, calculating, prototyping, assembling, problem-solving, correcting, evaluating, reporting

Arts*: Graphics; music; drama; sculpture; photography; filmmaking; concepts; elements; aesthetics; expressions; influence

Technologies*: Historic; current; tools; equipment; materials; properties; impacts; appropriate selection; and, usage

Self and Social: Self-orientation; social skills; group effectiveness; roles; responsibilities; feelings; attitudes; beliefs; and scope of effects

Physical: Basic large and fine movements; balance; awareness of body, space, directions; coordinate with others; variable active, strong, flexible, and creative

* Components of the STEAM curriculum that are embedded in the C5 approach.