La PICCola Scuola Italiana

Preschool in San Francisco, CA 94107

1801 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
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LPSI operates in a beautiful, newly-renovated building in the sunny lower Potrero Hill/Dogpatch neighborhood. We are a licensed Childcare center under California Title 22 rules and regulations.

LPSI offers full-day, half-day and part-time programs. Our programs give children the opportunity to explore Italian language and culture through traditional Italian songs, food, dance, literature, arts & crafts, and play. Children are grouped by age, with each group’s curriculum designed to accommodate the particular developmental stages presented by each age-group.

Child Ages:
1 year - 5 years
Licenses & Accreditations:
California Department of Social Services: Community Care Licensing Division
Hours of Operation:
8:30 - 5:30

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Our programs are developmentally appropriate and play-based, utilizing an approach that emphasizes autonomy and collaboration as children build self-esteem and respect for one another. Children learn Italian and live Italian culture through everyday interactions and play.
“We don’t just learn Italian, we learn IN Italian!”

Research shows that early childhood offers a unique opportunity to learn languages, as well as providing a critical basis for all future development and learning. Furthermore, immersion in a second language supports children to excel in linguistic, academic, social and cognitive development. By exposing your child to Italian at an early age, you stimulate brain activity which can open doors of opportunity later in life.

LPSI’s approach reflects internationally recognized best practices. Specifically, our approach is similar to that in the infant/toddler centers and Preschools in Italy, and to the now-famous Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.

We believe that children are robust learners who actively construct theories about their world and test their hypotheses through play and social interactions. Teachers provide materials and provocations that help children to develop a deep and connected understanding of the world. Art, music, drama, and sculpture/construction are a part of every day at LPSI, as pre-academic skills are smoothly integrated into the children’s play.

Of special importance, a family-style, Italian lunch or dinner (made with organic ingredients whenever possible) is a cornerstone of the LPSI experience. We especially value coming together to share our meals, and we see this time as a special opportunity to enjoy and experience the social skills and friendships that naturally develop in this context.


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