We are All Five

We are a year-round, full-time preschool program. We are committed to building an equitable society, where each family, no matter their background, has access to high-quality early childhood education for their children in a nurturing and respectful learning community. We have an intentional model of socioeconomic diversity. 50% of students come from low-income families and are supported through public funding. 50% of students come from middle-income and high-income families, who make a financial commitment on a sliding scale according to their financial resources.

STATE SUBSIDY
50%
FULL AND PARTIAL PAY
50%

Our Approach

CURRICULUM

At All Five we believe that each child is unique, curious, creative and a competent learner. Therefore, the learning process is not based on prescribed lesson plans, but on what children are motivated to learn. This is a dynamic process called “Emergent Curriculum.” Teachers respectfully observe children while they play and explore. Based on these observations, teachers identify children’s interests, strengths and needs, and prepare developmentally appropriate learning environments. Because it emerges from the children, the more diverse the group is, the more perspectives are brought into the classroom. This contributes to enrich the curriculum and enhance children’s learning.

Every day at All Five children encounter sand, water, paint, clay and wooden blocks. Through free play and exploration with these simple materials, their creativity and whole-child development is supported. Pretend-play, music and literacy are also essential components of All Five classroom and outdoor spaces. Our natural environment also provides infinite opportunities for learning. We are committed to taking care of our planet and seek to inspire children in taking this responsibility.

Children learn best when they feel secure, so building respectful and responsive relationships is a core of our teaching practices. We respect each other, are responsive to each other, and learn from each other. Teachers at All Five strive to be models of this practice. They are keen and observant supporters of each child’s drive to learn and grow. Teachers scaffold children’s learning by asking open-ended questions, by modelling problem-solving skills, by supporting collaboration, or even by just describing what children are doing. Also, teachers at All Five are curious and life-long learners themselves! They are continuously reflecting on their practices and learning about child development through collaborative team meetings, professional development days and ongoing early childhood education classes.

FAMILY PARTICIPATION

At All Five we believe children learn best and flourish when school and their families work together to support them. Through shared classroom time and volunteering projects, each family can support and enrich our learning environment. Families usually volunteer for four hours per month. All Five also hosts monthly events for families and staff to connect with each other, learn together and discuss how the school is working.

Our Programs

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

We serve 24 children between 2 years 9 months and their entry into kindergarten. Learning is supported by a team of five teachers.

 

Daily Schedule:

7:30am – 9:00am Gradual entry and arrival. Healthy breakfast available, family style. Indoor and outdoor projects including  block-building, painting, water-exploration, sand work, cooking, and clay manipulation.
9:00am – 10:30am Continuation for projects and activity areas
10:30am – 10:45am Optional healthy snack (usually served outside)
10:45am – 11:45am Continuation of projects for the day (mostly outside)
11:45am – 11:45am Circle times: music and movement, singing, stories and dramatic play, book-reading
11:45am – 12:30pm Family style lunch
12:30pm – 1:00pm Teeth-brushing, bathroom, get ready for nap, quiet reading
1:00pm – 3:00pm Nap or rest and quiet time. This is handled based on individual needs of children. The time is approximate.
3:00pm – 4:30pm Healthy snack served as children are ready, family style, with conversation and books, with further exploration of  indoor and outdoor activities as above
4:30pm – 5:30pm Children and teachers work together for clean-up and preparation for closing
 

INFANT-TODDLER PROGRAM (Coming soon!)

Our Team

Joy Suzuki

Joy Suzuki

Head Teacher

Joy grew up in the Bay Area and went to SF State University. She lived in Japan working as an artisan and teaching ESL for many years. She found fulfillment in working with children there, so she pursued studies and work in Early Childhood Education from 2012 after her return to the US.

Kahdijah Ali

Kahdijah Ali

Teacher

Kathrine Lacson

Kathrine Lacson

Teacher

Patricia Lepe

Patricia Lepe

Teacher

Carol Thomsen

Carol Thomsen

Executive Director

Carol is a Stanford-educated, 30-year veteran teacher. She has taught, directed and founded several early education programs including at Stanford’s Bing Nursery School, Stanford Sierra Camp, and at Head Start in East Palo Alto. She is a 2013 Silicon Valley Woman of Influence.

Lynne Dartnall

Lynne Dartnall

Director of Finance

Lynne is originally from New Zealand and came to the US in 2014 with her husband. Lynne brings financial and operational experience from her travels around the world. In the spring of 2016, she met Carol through a mutual friend, and started volunteering at All Five. In Fall 2016, she joined our staff and is now responsible for our Finances and Operations.

Gloria Pirir

Gloria Pirir

Classroom Manager

Ivette Molina

Ivette Molina

Custodian

Jorge Molina

Jorge Molina

Custodian

  • Mary Dent, Chairperson Mary is CEO of Green Dot Bank and founder of dcIQ. She is an experienced executive and expert in policy issues. She is a former Vice-President at Silicon Valley Bank and an Advisory Board Member to the Stanford Institute for Research in the Social Sciences. She and her family live in Menlo Park.
  • Roger Hansen, Board Treasurer Roger is the Director of Tax and Accounting Services at Comprehensive Financial Management. He is a former manager at Price-Waterhouse Coopers. He and his wife and their four children live in Redwood City.
  • Peggy Pizzo, Board Member Peggy is a Senior Scholar at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, carrying out research related to emotional and social intelligence in young children and the adults who are important to them. She is a prolific author and deep advocate for children. She and her husband live on Stanford campus.
  • Jenna Wachtel, Board Member Jenna is the Program Director of Early Learning at the New Teacher Center and a Board member at the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation. She is a coach, mentor, presenter, and leader in the early learning community locally and nationally. She is also a recipient of the Young Leader award from the Skoll World Foundation. She and her husband live in Redwood City.
  • Carol Thomsen, Executive Director and Founder Carol is a Stanford educated, 30-year veteran teacher. She has taught, directed and founded a number of early education programs including at Stanford’s Bing Nursery School and Head Start in East Palo Alto. She is a 2013 Silicon Valley Woman of Influence. She and her husband are raising two boys in Menlo Park.
  • Rachel Hochstetler, Board Secretary and Fundraiser

  • Stephanie Agnew, Parent Education Coordinator, Parent’s Place
  • Gloria Hernandez-Goff, Superintendent, Ravenswood School District
  • Heather Hopkins, Founder, My New Red Shoes
  • Peckie Peters, Head Teacher, Bing Nursery School
  • Deborah Stipek, Dean, Stanford University School of Education

Our Partners

At All Five, we believe that strong communities provide a foundation of knowledge, support, care and inspiration for children and families to flourish. We are grateful to all these organizations and initiatives who are part of our community:

Our school is located at 1391 Chilco Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025