The littlest learners at Grace are a BIG deal!
We understand that the quality of preschool education within San Francisco varies dramatically, with lower-income children often relegated to under-resourced, low-quality programs. Our school was founded 13 years ago on the premise that every child should have equal access to high-quality early childhood education, regardless of their family’s socio-economic status.
We seek to influence the lives of young people and their families in a meaningful, substantive way and to shape how they think, how they view the world and how they engage in it.
We value diversity
The Community Preschool intentionally enrolls families from the varied socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities, religious traditions, gender identities, cultures and abilities represented in San Francisco. Our aim is to enable students to appreciate different perspectives at an early age and to equip them to contribute to a diverse society.
Welcoming to all
Over half of our families are low-income, and one-third qualify to pay no fee to attend our program. Forty percent of our students are either homeless, domestic violence survivors, BIPOC, immigrants, undocumented or have active cases with Child Protective Services – heavy concerns for young children to navigate. And half of our students speak a language other than English at home, and they rely on our school for English language development.
They also rely on our school for our delicious daily hot lunch and nutritious snacks sourced from local and organic ingredients. We guide children in their development to meet the high standards for success in Kindergarten while cultivating their creativity, compassion and encouraging a lifelong love of learning.
Through play-based learning at The Community Preschool, students do the “work” of learning to be inclusive, fair, independent, just and to respect others with different backgrounds and traditions from their own.