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 sent 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 a transitional kindergarten class, a pre-k class, two preschool classes, 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. 

    Celebrating Diversity

    At Lakeside, just as we address the social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual needs of the whole child, we recognize and value the whole identity of the child.   We believe each child, family member, and staff are deserving of respect. We welcome families and staff of different races, religions, nationalities, family arrangements, sexual orientations, genders, ages, income levels, and children with special abilities or needs or who learn differently. We strive to build an inclusive community in which our children can celebrate the diversity among human beings so that they will not perceive differences as barriers to friendship.

    Diversity is central to the mission of Lakeside. As educators, we have seen firsthand the ways in which a diverse classroom environment enriches education and social development. At Lakeside, we are committed to making sure every child, family, and staff feels the sense of welcome and joy in our community. We believe that this philosophy is not only the proper way to treat families, but it also helps nurture the hearts, minds, and bodies of our students.

    Lakeside has an active and ongoing conversation about diversity and is reflected in our environments through classroom celebrations, books, photographs, toys, and materials that celebrate different communities.  We welcome all of our families to share their family traditions.  We know with diversity, we can always do better and we strive to do so.

    It is our hope that all of our students will leave Lakeside with the understanding that: 

    1. Each child will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities.
    2. Each child will express comfort and joy with human diversity; accurate language for human differences; and deep, caring human connections.
    3. Each child will increasingly recognize unfairness, have the language to describe unfairness, and understand that unfairness hurts.
    4. Each child will demonstrate empowerment and the skills to act, with others and alone, against prejudice and/or discriminatory actions.

    Meet Our Staff

  • Specialists and Consultants in Early Childhood

    From time to time, Lakeside brings in early childhood education specialists to support our teaching practice. These specialists include 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. 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 the children’s classrooms to participating in enrichment activities and fundraisers. In addition to providing a warm, welcoming environment for children, the PVO focuses on building a strong community benefiting 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 offers personal or family counseling to all of the families of Lakeside Children’s Center.


    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.

  • How to Enroll Your Child in a Class?