On the Frontier’s Edge – Sisters of the Holy Family Daycare

Kindergarten classroom blocks and teacher’s notes

Kindergarten classroom blocks and teacher’s notes, Sisters of the Holy Family, early 1900s

In 1878 the Sisters of the Holy Family began systemized daycare for the children of poor and working parents in San Francisco. They were certified in the Froebel system (based in creative play with toys such as these blocks) for preschool ages and provided organized activities after school for children up to 17 years of age.

A sister who received her Kindergarten Normal School Certificate in 1884 carefully copied her notes into this bound book. She taught at the St. Francis Day Home in San Francisco, which opened in 1880 and closed in 1976.


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