Looking for a preschool and daycare for your child in Novato? Noah's Ark Preschool and Daycare is holding an open house tonight, Tuesday, February 5, at 5:30 pm. Teacher introductions and a general information session will be followed by an interactive tour of the school's classrooms.
The Marin Christian Academy's Kindergarten teacher will also be on hand to answer questions about Kindergarten readiness and give a tour of her classroom. The Marin Christian Academy offers a fully accredited K–8 program at its campus in Novato.
Noah's Ark Preschool is for children ages 2 to 5, and also offers a transitional Kindergarten program. They're located in Novato at 1370 South Novato Boulevard. For more information, call (415) 892-5713 or visit www.visitmca.org.
Located in the Terra Linda area of San Rafael, University of Play is a preschool program for children ages 2–kindergarten that encourages each child to develop through play and active expression. We asked University of Play's director, Sylvia Stowell, to tell us a bit more about what makes her school unique.
For more information on University of Play and its programs, visit www.uoplay.com or call (415) 499-0309
Please describe your school’s educational philosophy. What’s it all about?
University of Play (UOP) is an inclusive childcare program where each child's individual development is respected and valued. Children use all their senses to learn; children thrive when they feel loved, safe,and respected by the people who care for them.
The culture of UOP embraces the idea that children learn experientially, by doing rather then being instructed. UOP's enriching environment is stimulating, and encourages each child to develop through active play and free expression. Playing with their peers helps children build skills for seeing things through another point of view. The peer interaction encourages tolerance, respect, helping, sharing, and problem solving.
Still looking for a fantastic preschool experience for your child? Marinwood Preschool, a highly regarded local school offering classes for children ages 2 to 4, still has a few openings for this fall.
In Marinwood's Parent-Toddler Class for 2- and 3-year-olds, parents and toddlers will meet new friends, create art, and enjoy music, storytime, and outdoor adventures. Marinwood Morning School is for 4-year-olds, and prepares children for kindergarten in a play-based, half-day program.
Marinwood classes are lower in tuition costs than most other early childhood programs in Marin County. Classes are held at Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek Road in San Rafael.
If you're thinking about a preschool for your child, come to the Marin Preschool Fair 2012 on Wednesday, April 25 from 6–8 pm at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael. Presented by the Marin Child Care Council, the Osher Marin JCC, Parents Place Marin, and the Marin Association for the Education of Young Children (MAEYC), the Marin Preschool Fair gives parents a chance to meet directors from a number of Marin County preschool programs and learn about enrollment procedures, tuition, program philosophies, and more.
The fair begins at 6 pm with a welcome and reception in the JCC's Kurland Lounge, followed from 6:10–6:30 pm by a "Choosing Quality Childcare," a presentation by Aideen Gaidmore, executive director of the Marin Childcare Council. The fair's open house takes place in the Hoytt Theater from 6:30–8 pm.
Corte Madera's Magical Garden Preschool is a small preschool that offers a Waldorf-inspired curriculum in the warmth of a home setting. We asked Magical Garden's owner and teacher, Lori Callies, to tell us more about her school, its programs, and what makes it special.
Please describe your school's educational philosophy. What's it all about?
Magical Garden’s philosophy takes root in the Waldorf movement and expands into best practices of early childhood education with a university-trained, credentialed teacher. We believe that the foundations of childhood are Imaginations, Friendships and Early Skills. We address age-appropriate skills through the relentless joy that Pretending can bring. Eco-education is embedded in our curriculum. We are proud to be certified as the first Eco-Healthy Preschool & Child Care in Marin by the Children’s Environmental Health Network.
Are you planning on sending your child to preschool within the next two years? If so, you'll want to attend the Novato Mothers Club 2012 Preschool Fair this Thursday, January 12, from 6:30–8:30 pm in the Key Room at Homeward Bound at 1385 North Hamilton Parkway in Novato.
Meet local preschool representatives and learn about the programs their schools have to offer. The Novato Mothers Club (NMC) only hosts a preschool fair every two years, so try not to miss this one!
This year, 21 preschools, primarily from Novato and San Rafael, will be represented at the NMC Preschool Fair. Schools attending the fair include:
The Kid’s Place of Novato is a Reggio-inspired school with sister campuses in Corte Madera and San Anselmo. It's located at 84 Martin Drive in Novato's Hamilton neighborhood. Their annual Fall Carnival and Open House takes place on Friday, October 28, from 4 to 7 pm.
We asked the staff at the Kid's Place of Novato to tell us about the programs offered at their campus. For more information on the Kid's Place, visit www.kidsplaceofmarin.com or call (415) 884-0594.
Please describe your school’s educational philosophy. What’s it all about?
Kid’s Place schools are Reggio inspired preschools, where we create an environment that fosters curiosity, wonder, discovery and the potential to grow through stimulating age-appropriate programs, learning materials and healthy social interactions. The curriculum focuses on activities that are success-oriented and instill a positive sense of self-esteem. This environment is essential in promoting awareness and responsibility for self, family, friends, and community.
Located in southern Novato, Montessori for Toddlers offers a small-group preschool experience for children aged 18 months–3 ½ years, where children are encouraged to explore their interests in a peaceful home environment, prepared with inviting and challenging materials. Montessori for Toddlers is located at 20 Pacific Drive in Novato. For more information, visit their website at www.montessorfortoddlers.com or call (415) 883-2445.
We asked Montessori for Toddlers founder, director, and head teacher Terese Bradshaw to tell us about her school and what it offers parents and children.
Describe your school’s educational philosophy. What’s it all about?
Montessori for Toddlers is a unique in-home Montessori program for children 18 months–3 ½ years of age. The classroom is a rich educational setting, filled with hands-on activities for this critical age of development. Young children are encouraged to explore their interests in a peaceful home environment, prepared with inviting and challenging materials.
Do you want hands-on involvement in your child's first school experience? Then Novato Parents Nursery School (NPNS) may be for you! Find out about this cooperative preschool's programs and community at their open house on Saturday, May 14, 2011, from 10–11:30 am.
NPNS has been going strong in Novato since 1968, and offers a safe, nurturing, and stimulating, and challenging environment for children to learn, discover, wonder, express themselves in many ways and succeed. The school is located at 1473 South Novato Boulevard in Novato.