Primeros Pasos is overjoyed to have cared for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in our nurturing Spanish immersion program for 5 years now! We know that our best success lies in the wonderful relationships we have developed with the children in our care, and with their families! We thank them for their trust: we have appreciated caring for 8 sets of siblings (and counting! 3 more are scheduled to join us); we appreciate their referrals to their friends; and we appreciate their positive testimonials on Yelp and other websites.
It has long been difficult to respond to the volume of inquiries that we receive. We give priority to siblings and to referrals, and as a small school of 12-14 children, we rarely have openings for admission to our program. As we’d like to help as many families as possible with our play-based, caring, Spanish immersion program, we are developing a second location!
We will retain our current location open in Glen Park, and we are working to open our second location at the Silver Park condominium complex on the corner of Bayshore and Silver in the Fall of 2018. As of this writing, we are projecting an October opening date. Given San Francisco approvals and permits, as well as State licensing processes, there are many factors at play. We will publish a firm opening date as soon as it is available, which we project to be mid-summer.
We welcome you to join us on May 31 for our “Imagine” event Open House at the new Silver Park campus. We will be on hand to guide you on a tour of the new spaces from 5:30 – 6 p.m., then to present information about our program and answer your questions from 6 – 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served, so please RSVP here so we may prepare accordingly!
Interest forms will be available at the event and we will track them in the order received, with no obligation. You will receive periodic updates from us as the construction progresses.
Once we have a firm opening date available, which we project to have by mid-summer, we will meet with families to further answer questions and confirm interest. At that time, we will request a deposit to hold your spot in the charter Centro Primeros Pasos class of 2018 – 19! If at that time your family chooses another care option, we look forward to seeing you in the community.
We look forward to meeting you at our May 31 Open House: “Imagine!”
Many parents also understand the many benefits of an early childhood language immersion program for their children. Early childhood is a wonderful time to introduce a new language. While in elementary and secondary immersion classrooms children face the need to master academic material while learning a new language at the same time, in early childhood language acquisition is a natural and easy process.
We have several other articles re: language acquisition and bilingualism on our “Why Bilingualism” page of our website.
It is always a happy day for us when we see our children spontaneously break into song in Spanish, or when one of our parents comments that their child is now speaking more Spanish than they know as an adult! We prize our close relationships with the children in our care, and for 5 years now, we have seen children learn Spanish naturally and comfortably in this nurturing early childhood setting. And as a play-based program, Primeros Pasos believes that developing these communications skills as well as socio-emotional skills are the most important components of kindergarten readiness. Children who can communicate, who can form relationships and have empathy for others, who are ready to interact socially with their peers, and especially those who understand a wider or even global perspective, will do well in school. Academics will follow smoothly in the tender mind of a child who has been nurtured to love learning!