All Five is a full-day, year-round early education program for families and their children. All Five opened its pilot school September 2015 in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park with a class of 24 preschoolers. We are located at 1391 Chilco Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025.
|7:30am-8:00am||Early drop off for families who need it.|
|8:00am-9:00am||Gradual entry and arrival. Healthy breakfast available, family style. Indoor and outdoor projects including block-building, painting, water-exploration, sand work and clay manipulation.|
|9:00am-11:15am||Continuation of projects, activity areas; optional snack available late morning.|
|11:15am-11:45am||Circle time: music and movement, singing, stories, dramatic play, book-reading.|
|11:45am-12:00pm||Clean up and prepare for lunch.|
|12:00pm-12:30pm||Lunch, family style, with conversation and discussion.|
|12:30pm-1:00pm||Clean up lunch and prepare for nap time.|
|1:00pm-3:00pm||Nap/rest or quiet time. This is handled based on individual needs of children. The time is approximate.|
|3:00pm-4:00pm||Snack available as children are ready. Further exploration of indoor and outdoor activities as above.|
|4:00pm-5:00pm||Continuation of projects and exploration of indoors and outdoors. Children and teachers work together for cleanup and preparation for closing. Gradual exit and saying goodbyes.|
|5:00pm-5:30pm||Late pick up for families who need it.|
Our program draws on the work of Lev Vygotsky’s Tools of the Mind scaffolding approach, the observation and inquiry practice of the Reggio Emilia schools in Italy, and the prepared environment of Montessori.
The curriculum begins with a prepared environment that is inviting, interesting and open-ended. Throughout the majority of each day, children will have time for their work, which is play. The classroom schedule allows for long periods of time for children to make choices about what materials to explore, whether they play with a group or independently, and how they direct their play based on interests, growing skills and respect for others.
The mixed-aged grouping of our classroom supports greater socialization, self-regulation and initiative. These children begin to drive their own work and curriculum more completely as the year progresses.
Teachers are keen observers of all this work, so they can assist in developing children’s interests. They ask a lot of questions, supply possible props if needed, and are often sensitive enough to anticipate conflict before it happens.
When conflict does arise, teachers and children work through the problem-solving steps together, and come to an agreed-upon solution.
We center our emergent curriculum around relationships and the belief that if a child learns about herself as a member of the world around him or her, he or she will be ready to succeed in the most important thing that comes after preschool: LIFE!
All Five believes that families and children learn best together, and that through shared classroom time, teachers and families can also develop deeper and more collaborative relationships. For these reasons, family participation in the school is an integral part of our program. Our family handbook provides detail on this part of our program. We ask families for one hour per week.
The schedule for participation time will be determined by each family and All Five staff during an enrollment meeting. We have weekend jobs available for those families that cannot participate during the week.
In addition, families need to attend one family meeting per quarter. Meetings will be held in the evening, and include dinner and childcare.
All Five is open Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM every day of the year, except on federal holidays, two days at Thanksgiving, from Christmas Eve day through New Year’s Day (12/24 – 1/1), and a week in the summer.
To apply, please download an Admissions Pack, (English and Spanish Versions available) and return to:
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Post to: 1391 Chilco Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025
By Person: 1391 Chilco Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Each family completes an income worksheet (included in the Admissions Pack) to determine their fee for the year. The fee is payable in monthly installments on the first of each month. For the current school year, the full tuition amount is $1,750 monthly.
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Jose Luis, East Palo Alto Resident
"As a parent of a soon-to-be preschooler, I'm excited to hear about All Five coming to East Palo Alto and its surrounding communities. Having a school like All Five will help put East Palo Alto on a level-playing field with its nearby cities. This is far overdue."
Katrina, East Palo Alto Resident, Single Mother