District Preschool Program

  • Our Program

    The District Preschool Program provides a year-round parent-funded preschool and prekindergarten program serving children aged 2.9 years to 5 years old. Our program emphasizes kindergarten readiness skills as well as social, emotional, physical and creative development. Children have the opportunity to learn individually and in small and large groups. Half day and full day schedules are available. All children must be able to use the bathroom independently with few reminders.

    Meal Services

    A healthy, nutritious snack is served daily in the morning and the afternoon.

    Ratios

    Our staff to child is 1:12.

    Hours

    Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:00am-6:00pm. Our half-day programs operate from 8:30am-12:00pm.

    Curriculum

    Our District Preschool Program uses the High Scope Curriculum approach to teaching and learning. Research based and child focused, the High Scope Curriculum uses a carefully designed process - called "active participatory learning" - to achieve powerful, positive outcomes. The High Scope Preschool Curriculum not only helps young children excel in language and cognitive learning but also promotes independence, curiosity, decision-making, copperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving - the fundamental skills that help determine success in adult life.

    A daily routine is a consistent framework for the day that provides a balanced variety of experiences and learning opportunities. Our daily routine includes time for indoor and outdoor experiences as well as time for child-initiated and teacher-initiated activities. A High Scope Daily Routine includes the Plan-Do-Review sequence, as well as Small Group and Large Group experiences.

    Planning Time

    Teachers meet with their primary group of children. Children think about what they want to do and describe their plan to the group. Teachers encourage and offer extensions for the children's chosen path.

    Work Time

    This is the longest portion of the day where children carry out their plans or shift to new activities that interest them. Children are encouraged to make choices, decisions and initiate their own activities. Teachers act as guides and facilitators supporting children's work.

    Recall Time

    The "review" portion of our day, children discuss what they have done and learned, and listen to the activities of the other children.

    Small Group

    Teachers develop a small-group activity based on children's interests and particular skills, materials, or content areas that suit children's developmental learning needs. Though the adult plans the activity and sets it in motion, children make choices about how to use the materials and freely communicate their ideas. 

     

    For more information, please contact:

    Hughes District Preschool
    4949 Calle De Escuela, Santa Clara, CA 95054
    (408) 423-1516 | Jamie Valdez

    Montague District Preschool
    750 Laurie Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95054
    (408) 423-1931 | Gina Perez

    Pomeroy District Preschool
    1250 Pomeroy Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050
    (408) 423-3816 | Richard Coria

    Ponderosa District Preschool
    804 Ponderosa Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
    (408) 423-4016 | Meha Ratnani

    Sutter District Preschool
    3200 Forbes Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95051
    (408) 423-4237 | Judie Stevens

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