About Us

  • Who We Are

    Lakeside Presbyterian Center for Children is a beloved neighborhood preschool of San Francisco. Since 1961, generations of native San Franciscans have attended and send their children to Lakeside for their first years of school. Our school community is comprised of dedicated staff, involved parents and a caring church – all of whom work together to support our nurturing learning environments. The school offers morning preschool classes, afternoon pre-k classes, a transitional kindergarten class, enrichment programs, and summer camps.

    School Philosophy

    At Lakeside, we strive to create a school culture that is safe, nurturing and fun in every way for our children, families and teachers. There is a hum of learning, an openness to individual differences, and mutual respect between children, teachers, and their corresponding peers in all facets throughout the center. We engage in exploration and play and value individual interests, striving to create an engaging and nurturing atmosphere that addresses the social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual needs of the whole child. We are lifelong learners and are motivated to learn and apply the latest developmentally appropriate practices. We encourage families to partner with us in this learning. 

    Meet Our Staff

  • Chapel

    Each month, the children visit the Lakeside Chapel as a school community to focus on God and our spiritual walk with Him. They are reminded of God’s constant presence with us, and how He favors children in a loving and unique way. We also reflect on the countless blessings in our lives: our loving families, friends, teachers, and all the beautiful gifts that we have been given. During chapel time, we sing songs about Jesus, read stories and create crafts from The Beginner’s Bible, and bless one another in joint prayer.

    Specialists and Consultants in Early Childhood

    From time to time, Lakeside hires early childhood education specialists to support our teaching practice. Specialists and consultants include, but are not limited to, speech therapists, behavior specialists and occupational therapists. Enrollment at Lakeside means that your child will be observed within the classroom and school environment by these trained and accredited educators for Lakeside purposes only. Observations and recommendations will be shared with parents if they directly benefit the child(ren)’s growth.

    Parent Volunteer Organization

    The Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO) works hand-in-hand with our exceptional educators to provide children with the most rewarding preschool experience possible. Through the PVO, parents participate in all aspects of the school, from spending time in your children’s classrooms to participate in enrichment activities and fundraisers. In addition to providing a warm, welcoming environment for children, the PVO is focused on building a strong community that benefits the entire family.

    Lakeside Presbyterian Church

    Lakeside Presbyterian Church embraces the Children Center as one of its most important ministries. As such, the center’s governing body, The Children’s Center Committee is comprised of staff, parents, and church members. The committee meets monthly and oversees the budget as well as other governance issues. Committee activities are reported to the church as well as to the PVO.  Additionally, the pastoral staff of Lakeside Church is happy to offer personal or family counseling to all of the families of Lakeside Children’s Center.

  • How to Enroll Your Child in a Class?