Welcome to the Presidio Early Education School
An early learning community in the heart of the Golden Gate Recreation Area
The Presidio Early Education School is one of the San Francisco Unified School District’s 37 early childhood education centers. We are unique in many ways. We are the only center serving infants and toddlers in addition to preschool and school-aged children. Special education services are inclusive, so that all students, regardless of special needs, are members of their classrooms rather than visitors. Our school uses the Reggio Emilia approach to student learning, which focuses on the interests of the children with the teacher as a guide in exploration and development. Finally, we are fortunate to be located in the scenic and beautiful Presidio of San Francisco, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Our students represent a variety of families from different income levels, neighborhoods, and ethnicities. Within 9 different classrooms, we represent approximately 100 subsidized families and 50 tuition based families to create a total of over 200 students served.
The Early Education Department (EED), in addition to being committed to the SFUSD overall mission, is committed to providing high-quality early childhood education services for children in a safe, caring, and nurturing environment that promotes each child’s social-emotional, physical, and cognitive growth and competency through appropriate experiences. The department validates the cultural and linguistic heritage of each child and supports families in maintaining their children’s physical and mental health.
Our Teaching Philosophy
SFUSD’s Early Education Department values teaching practices that enhance the development of children’s learning. Our philosophy and practices align with the California Preschool Learning Foundations, California Preschool Framework, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Child Development Division of the California Department of Education, and other state and nationally recognized education leaders.
Our classroom environments provide the structure and space for children to acquire the thinking, social and emotional skills they need through meaningful interaction with other children and staff and independent learning experiences. Our classroom environments are designed to reflect the children’s age, language, culture, physical and developmental needs.
Our programs provide a balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed activities and provide individual, small and large group learning opportunities. Activities include reading, art, dramatic play, small and gross motor activities, indoor and outdoor play, construction, nature exploration, and field trips.
Our staff’s relationships with children, families, and each other promote healthy communication, on-going involvement, and mutual caring and support.