What we are about…

love and learn nursery school

Love & Learn Nursery School was founded by our school director, Sandi Valladares and her husband, Julio Valladares. Our program first opened it’s doors in 1981 and has been apart of the San francisco community ever since. Our facility is on the first floor of a church building called Templo Calvario (Calvary Temple), located in the downtown area of San francisco near Union Square and the San Francisco Shopping Center. Sandi and Julio Valladares are also the pastors of the church and have been dedicated to making Love & Learn Nursery School a safe, well structured, efficient learning environment for young children. Parents who have graduated from Love & Learn now bring their kids as second generation students.

Class of 1984

Love & learn class

Who we are

We are a licensed day care facility. License #380503540 Love & Learn is open all year round with a staff that is certified in CPR, First Aid, and has teaching credentials in child development. Our school cook provides nutritional and well balanced meals everyday for the children which includes a hot lunch and two snacks. We work with programs such as Children’s Council and Wu Yee Children’s Services to help parents afford to pay for early childhood education. Love & Learn strives to work with parents to make these early years most influential in a young child’s life.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help children develop their motor, social, language, and cognitive skills through art, dramatic and active play, music, and books. We believe that the early years of life are the most important. Our staff is trained to cater to the specific developmental stages and needs of each child to learn, grow, and prepare for kindergarden. We believe family is so important and encourage parents to be engaged and active with their children.

Areas of child development:

  • Social -helping children feel comfortable in school, trust their new environment, and make friends
  • Physical – helping children increase their large and small muscles through play and activities, to develop coordination and bodily control
  • Emotional – helping children experience self-assurance, self-confidence, and developing independence
  • Cognitive – helping children become confident learners through thought, experiences, and language communication. Developing a sense of perception and understanding of the world around them instilling reasoning and thinking

Our Curriculum

The goal of our curriculum is to assist children to become eager learners. This means encouraging them to be active and creative explorers who aren’t afraid to expand on their ideas and think for themselves, becoming independent learners who are confident in their own uniqueness.

Learning through play

It may not seem like children who are playing for a long period of time are learning, but they are actually learning  a great deal. In fact, it can almost be defined as a part of curriculum. When you explore the different parts of development through play, you’ll see why it is so important. Children are able to expand their social skills by interacting with each other and growing relationships with those they are playing with. Young children are active explorers, play is a way for them to investigate and examine their surroundings through stimulating their senses of touch, smell, sight, hearing, and taste. Large and small motor skills are being stimulated by playing with small or large objects such as blocks, toys, and balls.

Active play encourages large gross motor skills such as riding tricycles, swinging, crawling, running, jumping, and climbing on play structures are all examples of ways children strengthen their muscles. Active play helps stimulate their mind and physical coordination. Cognition definitely factors in with play because the children learn how to reason and problem solve if there is an altercation, or if they are not able to understand a situation, like a puzzle or game. By playing, their spatial awareness is enhanced by their perception and comprehension of what is around them.

Benefits of an Early Childhood Program


  • are better prepared to adjust to kindergarten and elementary school
  • demonstrate greater skills on tests of cognitive ability and language development
  • show greater motivation for learning and commitment to schooling
  • demonstrate greater social competency in kindergarten and later academic schooling
  • are considered to be friendlier and more sociable by parents and peers
  • are more task-oriented