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TRANSITION SUPPORT.

All Five School provides a supportive first school experience and environment.  Preschool may be the first time a child has been separated from his or her primary caregiver, often his or her mother.  We are sensitive to the importance of separation for both the child and the parent.  Parents and teachers work together to determine how to scaffold this separation within the safe environment of our classroom.  Connecting with the adults around them is key to supporting a child’s dynamic growth.

COMMUNITY.

All Five School emphasizes a strong sense of community among parents, children, and staff.  Learning that occurs during the most important growth period of a child’s life sets the stage for families to successfully navigate elementary school and beyond.  Parents and children share, understand, and grow together in their first school experience.

DIVERSITY.

All Five School maintains a socioeconomically diverse classroom.  Our families work and learn together in the same high quality environment, and supported by passionate and dedicated staff.  Everyone benefits from the play-based program, parent-education component, and exposure to each other’s unique strengths and experiences.

PARENT EDUCATION.

All Five School offers a parent education component to initiate open discussion on early childhood topics.  By introducing material on developmental milestones, parents can share viewpoints and suggestions on topics as diverse as sleep routines, eating, sibling rivalry, separation anxiety, parenting styles, and conflict resolution.

We also partner with local community centers and services to increase the support network available to parents and families.

Schedule:

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:      info@allfive.org 

Post to:        PO Box 2485, 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.

Application Pack (English Version)