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Welcoming All of San Francisco’s Children

Our Philosophy

The Community Preschool’s belief is that a positive early childhood education plays a strong influence on a child’s overall growth and development. We believe a child’s experience with early learning is at the core of building a positive self-­image and enthusiasm for learning. Through cooperative team efforts of parents and teachers, this early education center operates on a team philosophy to enhance the potential of each child. This learning environment is a developmentally appropriate program of teacher- and child-guided activities that prepare one not only for Kindergarten success, but also for the journey of life itself.

Mission Statements

  • The Community Preschool will provide a balanced educational learning experience for children of ages three through five years old and their families.

  • Children from all socio-­economic backgrounds, ethnicities, religious traditions, places of national origin, gender identity, ability and family structure will benefit from a program that addresses the emotional, social, artistic, language, literacy, motor skills, scientific inquiry and critical thinking skills of every child.

  • The school will celebrate the religious and cultural traditions of all members of the community.

  • The school will prepare students and their families to meet the high standards for success in elementary programs in both the private and public sectors.

    Admissions Statement

    The Community Preschool, Grace Cathedral seeks to enroll children who will benefit from its purposes and program. As stated in the preschool’s mission, the program seeks to develop a diverse population by enrolling families from varied socio-­economic backgrounds, ethnicities, religious traditions, gender identities, and cultures represented in the city of San Francisco. In order to help accomplish that goal, the preschool enrolls a balance of full-­fee paying, partial-­fee paying and full scholarship families. Sliding scale scholarships are open to the wider community, whereas full scholarships are granted to residents of our neighboring community in the Tenderloin and other at-risk communities. When making admission decisions, the school will give attention to the level of family’s interest in the school’s mission and philosophies and their willingness to participate in this mission with enthusiasm and sensitivity. 

What We Provide


A limited number of partial scholarships are available to families who demonstrate need for care and eligibility based on household income. These partial discounts vary from a 30% to 70% discount off the annual tuition. Full scholarships are also available, with eligibility based on Tenderloin neighborhood residency (or other at-risk neighborhood) and household income.  The Community Preschool is also a participating preschool with San Francisco’s Preschool For All (PFA) initiative, which provides a tuition discount to all city resident children during their pre-kindergarten year. 

Another way to support scholarships for preschoolers is also one of the most anticipated events at Grace Cathedral. Yoga for Change, set for Saturday, September 6, brings together yoga students of all ages and levels to enjoy a morning of gentle yoga, live music, and conviviality, followed by refreshments with fellow yogis and friends. Our goal this year is to raise $20,000 for scholarships for preschoolers. For more information, please visit Parents, child care is available: Please email Brooke Giesen.

Make a difference in the life of a child by clicking the button below.  Be sure to select The Community Preschool in the Program Designation selection box.


Hours of Operation

The Community Preschool, Grace Cathedral is a twelve month program, open Monday through Friday. Our school day is from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  All children are enrolled during that time.  We also offer early care (8 - 9:30 a.m.) and afternoon extended care (3:30 - 6 p.m.)

For more information, please contact Brooke Giesen, Director & Lead Teacher at 415-749-6383 or send an e-mail.  You may also download a PDF with more information.

The Community Preschool gratefully acknowledges these foundations and corporations for their generous annual support of high-quality, intentionally diverse early childhood education.


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