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Educating and Caring for
East Bay's Children Since 1976
Since 1976, our preschools have utilized the most current educational programs within a caring and supportive community for children and families. What sets us apart is our unique curriculum and dynamic environments that spark children's excitement and curiosity for learning.
- R. Ann Whitehead, M.S. Educational Psychology, Exec. Director / Founder
In 2016 The Child Day Schools celebrated our 40th Anniversary! In 1976, R. Ann Whitehead opened our first school on Stuart Street in Lafayette, CA to meet her vision of preschool education for her sons. Since then, The Child Day Schools has expanded to San Ramon, Antioch, Moraga, and Pleasanton.
The Child Day Schools' Dynamic Programs
Our programs include the High/Scope research based philosophy along with the Project Web curriculum. Our programs value and follow the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC’s) Accreditation Standards, including low teacher-child ratios. Our environments, similar to Montessori, promote children’s explorations. However, we also emphasize dramatic play, social interactions and creativity. Children engage in developmentally appropriate activities-- promoting skills for kindergarten and activities to help them understand the world around them. With low teacher-child ratios, our nurturing and well-trained teachers support children throughout the day.
Young Preschool (Two’s)
Teachers support two-year olds' emerging language, self-help & social skills. We plan Project Web Topics to help young preschoolers begin to understand the world around them. This program encourages a wide range of activities, including simple art projects, music & movement.
This program supports three-year olds (preschoolers) as they begin to learn self-help skills and social interactions through conflict resolution. Project Web Topics promote vocabulary, beginning science, alphabet, counting and problem solving along with creativity, music and movement.
To prepare for kindergarten, activities promote vocabulary, the alphabet, & pre-reading skills through phonics games, rhymes, and word play. Project Web topics reflect science exploration, math & numbers, logical reasoning. Creativity, socialization, music & movement are also emphasized.
Junior Kindergarten (Jr. K)
Junior-Kindergarten is geared for older pre-kindergarteners and those not yet ready for kindergarten. We emphasizes phonics, printing, science and math each week. Project Web Topics promote children’s discoveries through hypothesizing, experimenting and problem solving. It also includes art, music, and life skills.
Toddlers (12 to 24 months) (Moraga and San Ramon)
Toddlers explore and discover in a gentle nurturing environment. Teachers work closely with parents to meet children’s needs, appreciating their unique qualities and developmental level. Teachers promote emerging skills in speech, and large and small motor development.
Kindergarten (Lafayette and San Ramon campuses)
This program is an integrated curriculum model providing core academics including phonics, printing, reading, and math. Kindergarten children also study in-depth subjects on science, social studies, art, music, and drama. We also emphasize conflict-resolution and life skills.
School-Age (Antioch, Pleasanton, San Ramon)
Supportive teachers plan activities such as science projects, arts & crafts, cooking, as well as extended field trips in summer. Life skills promote children’s empathy, self-reliance and team building.