Kids Collage Preschool provides an arts and play based, parent participation preschool that draws inspiration from Reggio Emilia. Our indoor and outdoor environments, materials and experienced staff help set the stage for learning and social-emotional growth.
It is our belief that children can and should drive their own learning with adults as helpful guides and providers of resources. We allow children to create meaning, be the leaders in their learning and trust that they are innately competent.
We also value families as an integral part of a child’s life and education and reflect this belief in the structure of our school. Each family participates in and adds to the program according to their skills and interests under the guidance of the program’s staff.
We believe, above all, that everyone has the right to be free from harm and discrimination. We commit to being a place where respect, safety, protection and kindness are modeled and taught. We will constantly seek ways to change our culture’s legacy of violence starting with ourselves as teachers, families and children.
Join the Kids Collage community in four easy steps:
1. Explore our website
We’ve provided information about our philosophies and offerings to help you decide if our program may be right for your family.
2. Tour the school
Come see what makes Kids Collage unique. Please schedule a tour by filling out the “Schedule Tour” form.
3. Submit an Enrollment Application
If you would like to enroll, please submit an application at www.wonderschool.com/kidscollage/apply – Please note that we require tours for all prospective families. Do not submit an application if you have not toured.
After reviewing your application, we’ll send an enrollment invitation. Upon accepting your invitation, you’ll pay your deposit (usually equal to one month’s tuition), fill out enrollment documents and review our Parent Handbook.
If the cost of our program seems out of reach for your family you may email the director for a financial aid application. AP vouchers accepted.
Our school is housed in a two story home with large yard and cottage playhouse in the lower Rockridge area of North Oakland. The safe, tree lined street is an easy 10 minute walk from the Rockridge BART station.
Kids Collage is an indoor/outdoor play-based program which includes free access to a large yard with a sand pit, fruit and vegetable garden, climbing structure, living willow fort, water tables and more. We visit local community and green spaces periodically based on the children’s interests and the time of year.
“Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.’” -Loris Malaguzzi
“When you teach a child something you take away forever his chance of discovering it for himself.” -Jean Piaget
“Our flexibility and willingness to follow a child’s lead will allow remarkable things to happen, if we let them.” -Bev Bos
Family contribution and participation is an important part of our program. There are several options including assisting in the children’s program or weekend work days. Time commitment is 2 hours/mo for less than 16/hrs per week; 3 hrs per month for more than 16/hrs per week; Buy out: $15 per hour/mo
Our Approach to Discipline
When conflicts arise between children our program’s staff assist them in ways that lead to emotional intelligence and empathy for others. We focus on helping children learn to control their impulses, express their desires and feelings to the best of their ability and listen to others perspectives. We believe that helping children be truly heard and understood rather than giving quick apologies helps them build strong social skills and relationships. We believe that children learn best in a supportive, stable, consistent environment. This is true for their pre-academic as well as social-emotional/behavioral learning. We therefore don’t exclude (expel or suspend) children for exhibiting “immature”, “challenging” or “acting-out” behavior. We are committed to working with a child who is having difficulty while in the program and supporting their family. Please raise any concerns that you may have about a child’s behavior to the director. It is an important part of our program to help families and kids feel supported rather than shamed. I am confident that we can find ways to keep everyone in our community safe when issues arise.
We will accept children into the program who are not yet potty trained. When a child is ready we will help them incorporate toilet use into their self-care routine while in our program. Staff members or the child’s own parent will be responsible for diaper changing, but other parents may occasionally assist in taking children as a group to use the bathroom.
Christine Mirov, Director & Head Teacher
Christine is passionate about living in the moment with young children and improving available care and education opportunities in the community. She has worked in a wide variety of professional roles with young children and their families since 1997. She received her MA in Education from Mills College in 2012 and holds a current Child Development Permit at the Director level from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Zero to Three, and the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA). She was formerly the Director of the Comprehensive Therapeutic Nursery, an emotionally focused preschool at the Early Childhood Mental Health Program in Richmond where she currently serves on the board.
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We are a proud member of the Wonderschool network.
Wonderschool is a group of early childhood programs that combine the quality standards of the best child care centers with the warmth of an in-home program in your neighborhood.