Wilson Preschool is a parent participation and parent education preschool where parents and children learn together. We use a developmentally appropriate curriculum based on the HighScope model where children learn through hands-on experiences and active play. We respect and celebrate our families’ diversity and provide a safe and nurturing environment. Parents actively participate in their children’s classrooms once a week. Through their participation, parents learn ways to foster their children’s social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and creative development.
Registration is Open for the 2021-22 School Year
We are accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. We plan to open in person with classes for toddlers, twos, threes and fours, if possible. To apply, please complete an application and return it to Daya Sánchez at [email protected] If you are not immediately placed in a class, you will be automatically placed on a waiting list. Once you are placed in a class, you will be asked to submit a non-refundable $85 registration fee to secure your spot.
Check out our video below to learn about our program, see our classrooms and meet our staff.
We hosted a Q&A session for prospective parents on March 10th. If you missed the meeting, you can find the questions and answers that we covered on our FAQ sheet.
Wilson Preschool follows the HighScope curriculum. For more information about HighScope, please visit highscope.org.
At Wilson Preschool…We believe parents are their child’s first and foremost teacher. We believe a partnership between parents and teachers creates a supportive learning environment for families.
At Wilson Preschool…We offer a hands-on, developmentally appropriate preschool curriculum based on the High Scope model in which children learn through play and grow at their own pace.
At Wilson Preschool…We believe a strong preschool foundation with parent engagement leads to increased student achievement in K-12.
At Wilson Preschool…We have a professional, caring staff with strong backgrounds in early childhood development. Our teachers are also credentialed parent-educators.
By offering a quality parent education preschool, we are helping build stronger families and, ultimately, stronger communities.
Part of what makes Wilson Preschool special is that parents actively participate in their child’s classroom. Parents work in the class one day per week (3 hours). Parents attend a 40-minute parent education discussion with the teacher and other parents during class time. Parent education curriculum provides tools for working with children in a school setting.
*Parents have not be able to work in the classroom during the 2020-21 school year. Parents did support their child in our online classes and continued to participate in parent education in an online format. We are hopeful that parents will be able to participate again fully for the 2021-22 school year.
Parent Education Classses
Santa Clara Adult Education is not currently offering stand-alone parent education classes at this time. Please visit the Family Resource Center to learn about parent education opportunities offered through Santa Clara Unified School District.
Frequently Asked Questions
Parents are required to submit a clear TB assessment. While a skin test may be needed in
some cases, your healthcare provider can often provide a clear assessment just by asking you
a few simple questions.
Parents are expected to work in the classroom one day a week. In addition, parents will support
the class, program and school in the following ways:
1. Support the class by bringing snack for the class once per term.
2. Support the program by completing a parent project each term.
3. Support the school by attending one Saturday workday during the school year.
4. Support the school by participating in the annual fundraiser, the Giraffle
The HighScope educational approach emphasizes active participatory learning. This means children have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events and ideas. The arrangement of a HighScope preschool classroom reflects the belief that children learn best in a stimulating but ordered environment in which they can make choices and act upon them. The classroom is divided into well-defined work areas and the materials in each area are logically organized. This enables the children to act independently and with as much control over the classroom environment as possible.
Our curriculum content contains the social, intellectual, and physical building blocks that are essential to young children’s optimal growth. Our content areas are aligned with state and national standards and are made up of key development indicators. The content areas are:
● Approaches to Learning
● Social and Emotional Development
● Physical Development and Health
● Language, Literacy and Communication
● Creative Arts
● Science and Technology
● Social Sciences
If you would like to learn more about the HighScope curriculum, go to:
Daya Sánchez, Program Coordinator
Wilson Campus 1840 Benton St. Santa Clara, CA 95050
Preschool Office: E 2.2
Thank you for making Family Night a success!
We had a wonderful time singing, dancing and telling stories with you at Family Night. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to exceed our fundraising goal. If you were unable to attend or just want to watch it again, you can find a recording of the event here. Donations are still being accepted by check (made out to Friends of Wilson Preschool) or through PayPal.