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Diversity

Diversity

The early education community is largely segregated by socioeconomic status and unequal quality. Research suggests that “segregating children limits their learning.” The children and families in our program come from intentionally diverse socioeconomic backgrounds; this environment challenges all students with richer interactions and new experiences unavailable in a homogeneous grouping.

Valuing Teachers

Valuing Teachers

According to the Glassdoor, the average salary for early education teachers in America is just under $30K. In the San Francisco area, the average is $39K. Our fundraising efforts focus on higher salaries than that for all our teachers. It also ensures our lower ratio of 6-1 in a preschool classroom, and the opportunity for staff-driven professional development.

Family Involvement

Family Involvement

Our families are respected as their child’s first teacher and valued for their weekly contributions to our program. Their children see families sharing their time and talents, adding even more opportunities for learning and interaction. Families come together for our Café nights and learn how to be advocates for their children at school, and in life.

Community

Community

We welcome community volunteers, whether grandmothers or high school students, for their unique resources of energy and time. We strive to share our practices with children, to learn from research and to catalyze change on a larger scale. We believe our model can change the way communities view early childhood education - not as limited to child care center, but as a focal point for community resources, sharing and information.

All Five Years

All Five Years

The first five years are the most critical development years, laying the foundation for social-emotional, cognitive, linguistic and physical growth. Most early education programs start at age 3 or 4. Our infant-toddler program will open in 2019, providing more continuity of care for more children.

 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 year round.  Please see school calendar for dates we are closed for Federal Holidays, Vacation Days & Teacher Only Days.

To apply, please download an Admissions Pack (see below) and return to:

Email to:      info@allfive.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 2019-20 school year, the full monthly tuition amount will be $2200.  We are also contracted under the San Mateo County of Education Subsidy Program which provides assistance with fees.  This can be discussed once you have completed the Application Form.

English – Application Pack (2019-20)

Spanish – Application Pack (2019-20)

+ 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.
+ Curriculum

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!

+ Family Participation

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.

+ Hours and Holidays

All Five is open Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM year round.  Please see school calendar for dates we are closed for Federal Holidays, Vacation Days & Teacher Only Days.

+ Admissions

To apply, please download an Admissions Pack (see below) and return to:

Email to:      info@allfive.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 2019-20 school year, the full monthly tuition amount will be $2200.  We are also contracted under the San Mateo County of Education Subsidy Program which provides assistance with fees.  This can be discussed once you have completed the Application Form.

English – Application Pack (2019-20)

Spanish – Application Pack (2019-20)