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.
Now Accepting Applications for the 2022-23 School Year
Are you interested in joining our classes for toddlers, twos, threes and fours? To apply, please complete an application and return it to Daya Sánchez at [email protected] by March 4th. We will hold a lottery during the second week of March to fill our classes. You will be notified of you class placement by March 11th. Once you are placed in a class, you will be asked to submit a non-refundable $85 registration fee to secure your spot.
Due to the current pandemic situation, we will not be hosting an open house this year. You are welcome to check out the video below to learn about our program, see our classrooms and meet our staff. You can also refer to our FAQs and call or email with any questions.
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 Classes
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:
Open House on Saturday, February 5th is cancelled due to pandemic conditions
Please see our video tour to see our classrooms, meet our staff and learn about our program.
Want to donate to Wilson Preschool?
Donations are accepted by check (made out to Friends of Wilson Preschool) or through PayPal. You can also support us by purchasing a t-shirt. Please see Daya for t-shirt sales.