What is unique about SPP?
Our diversity and our commitment to learning for both the child and the parent are unique. Also, SPP has a long history. SPP opened as a parent participation preschool in 1951. In the late 1970s we became a parent education preschool. Currently we are affiliated with Santa Clara Unified Adult Education program and we receive financial support from the state of California for providing parent education to our member families. For the past 12 years we have been located behind the Raynor Park Christian Church. We are a licensed facility by the state of California. In July 2003 we built a new play structure. SPP continues to grow, evolve and strive to be a high quality early childhood and parent education program
Will my child be ready for kindergarten?
Yes! We support the development of the whole child by nourishing creative thinking, problem solving, socializing and a love for learning. This helps to ensure academic success in the elementary years. After graduating from SPP, our students are enthusiastic and ready to explore, retain and embrace learning
Do you teach ABC’s & 123’s?
At SPP we believe that children learn through their play. Play naturally engages children in independent thinking and problem solving. The activities the teacher chooses incorporate “academic” concepts. For example, when we sing “Five Little Monkeys” the children learn counting, rhythm, language and many other skills in a fun and developmentally appropriate manner. This developmental philosophy is based on sound, solid and valid educational theory and practice.
Who are the teachers?
Our teachers are highly qualified early childhood educators. They have bachelor’s degrees and at least 24 units in early childhood education classes. They are also qualified adult educators with credentials to teach adult education. With this background our teachers strongly believe in the play based / developmental philosophy for preschool children.
What do the parents do?
Please refer to the Requirements page for specifics on the parent’s responsibilities.
What do the children get to do?
At SPP the children get to play. The children choose what, where and how they play. Every day this play includes outdoor and indoor play, art play, exploring nature and two circle times.
Our curriculum changes from year to year, but here is a look at just some of the things we have done. In the fall we played in piles of leaves. Made leaf collages. Took walks in the neighborhood to see the fall colors and had an all school Thanksgiving lunch. The 4’s class did family trees and recipes at home and in school. In winter we explored color and light with flashlights and glitter art. In spring we all brought snails, worms and other mud-loving insects to study what they ate, how they got around and what they lived in. The 4’s class started to learn the calendar with songs and counting. We did much, much more including field trips and holiday potlucks.