The First School

Preschool in Santa Monica, CA 90404

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1810 Broadway Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Four year olds are very social, full of curiosity about the world and other people, increasingly capable of expressing their needs, initiationg ideas and activities, communication with and listening to others. Their school day is organized around the same schedule they had at Ocean Park: what changes is the increasing complexity and sophistication of their emotional, social and cognitive development. The curriculum supports their developing maturity.

Child Ages:
1.5 years - 5 years
Licenses & Accreditations:
California Department of Social Services: Community Care Licensing Division
Hours of Operation:
Morning Program: 9am-12noon, 5 days per week
Afternoon Program: 1pm-4pm, Monday-Thursday

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The essential core of our curriculum philosophy is the belief that human interaction and relationships are the center of our existence as people, and that raising an emotionally healthy child is the most important task facing teachers and parents.

The child learns by doing, and curriculum is the concrete experiences and activities planned and unplanned, through which the child’s mind and body are helped to develop.

The emotional climate surrounding those experiences- as expressed through speech, body language, and feeling, of both teacher and child- is learned as much as through concrete activities, and become part of the child’s emotional health.
The First School core philosophy also validates cultural diversity and embraces the belief that “we are all alike and different.” Our curriculum is centered around activities that teach about similarities and differences in realistic and positive ways. The multicultural First School staff helps children value and respect themselves, and others as well.


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