Preschool Program

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The Stretch preschool program is for children age 2 years to 5 years 9 months. We are a half day program with all of our classes ranging between 3-4 hours/day. Children must be 2 years old by August 31st in order to be eligible to start in the fall and we do not make exceptions to this cut off. Children can stay at Stretch until they move on to Kindergarten and we do offer a TK year for older students. If your child misses the cut off and is between the ages of 18-24 months please visit the section that explains our toddler program.

When families apply to Stretch their child is placed in the appropriate program based on the child’s age. Parents do not choose the specific program but rather the Stretch administration offers enrollment based on where your child fits into our program. All of our classes are named after indigenous trees found in California. Please see all class options listed below.

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Holding a snail for the first time

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Measuring soil for a class project

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Learning about color and texture

Ages 2 through 3

Willow

Willow children are our youngest students here at Stretch. They have just turned two in the late spring or summer and they attend preschool 2 mornings/week on Tuesday and Thursday. Each class is 3 hours in length.

Magnolia

Magnolia children are 3 years old or will turn 3 by the end of the calendar year or early the next year.  These students attend school 3 mornings/week on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday. Each class is 3 hours in length. The Magnolia students participate in our Natural Classroom program starting in the late fall and once they are settled into their classroom here at School.

Juniper

Juniper children are 3 years old and spent their first year at Stretch as Willows. These children spend 5 days a week at Stretch. Each class is 4 hours in length and they spend one day a week in the Presidio forest starting their second week of school.

Maple

Maple children are older 3 year olds who will turn four during the school year. This class attends school 5 mornings/week for 4 hours each day.  Maple students participate in our Natural Classroom starting the second week of the school year.

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Students and parents drawing
self-portraits at our “museum opening”

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Holding some of the natural treasures found at the Presidio

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Examining the local plant life during
a trip to the beach

Ages 4 through 5

Cypress

Cypress children turn 4 years old by the start of school or during the fall. This class attends school 5 mornings/week for 4 hours each day.  Cypress students participate in our Natural Classroom starting the second week of the school year.

Laurel

Laurel children turn 4 years old by the start of school. This class attends school 5 afternoons/week for 4 hours each day. Laurel students participate in our Natural Classroom starting the second week of the school year.

Oak

Oak children turn 5 years old during the year. This class attends school 5 afternoons/week for 4 hours each day. Oak students participate in our Natural Classroom starting the second week of the school year.

Redwood

The Redwood class is our TK program. Redwood children turn 5 years old during the summer before or fall of their final year in preschool. This class attends school 5 afternoons/week for 4 hours each day. Redwood students participate in our Natural Classroom starting the second week of the school year.

— Parent