Nestled among tall oak and pine trees, St. Francis Preschool has been serving families in the North Bay Area for nearly fifty years. A safe environment, both physically and emotionally, is provided where children are given the opportunity to become curious learners who are socially competent, cooperative, self-reliant, motivated, confident, and considerate.
St. Francis Preschool provides morning classes for children ages 2 years, 9 months (or 3 by end of December), afternoon Pre-K enrichment classes, Parent/Child classes for young 2 year olds,, and a summer program. All of our programs focus on encouraging children's social, emotional, physcial, and cognitive development.
Daily activities include art, music and movement, literature, natural and physical science, and pre-reading and pre-math experiences. The spacious playground, which includes a safe, rubberized surface, provides opportunities for imaginative and vigorous play. A positive approach to discipline has always been used.
St. Francis Preschool is a private, non-profit organization. We are an inclusive community that welcomes families of all beliefs, races, cultures, and backgrounds. Although we are part of the St. Francis Episcopal Church, religion is not a part of the curriculum. For those interested, there is an optional chapel program for Preschoolers and their families before school on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. The rector of St. Francis Episcopal Church, Vanessa Glass, leads this program of age-appropriate Bible stories.
A child's level of responsibility, confidence and self sufficiency affect self-esteem. The staff values each child's individual personality. At St. Francis Preschool we:
- Design an environment for cooperative play.
- Model positive interactions.
- Practice making friends.
- Emphasize respecting self and others.
- Teach conflict resolution through discussion and negotiation.
Parents are an important part of the community and are welcome volunteers in the preschool. Parents are kept informed of school activities through monthly newsletters and parent/teacher conferences. We offer a library of parenting resources that includes books, CDs, and DVDs which are available for preschool parents to borrow during the school year. Welcome Back to School events, parenting classes, and Moms NIghts Out are scheduled every year. In addition, parents hold positions on our Board of Directors.