The Marin Preschool Guide

Marin Preschool Guide

The Marin Preschool Guide

Choosing a preschool for your child is an important decision. The Marin County Preschool Guide is the best and most comprehensive directory of preschools in Marin, and features reviews and ratings from fellow parents to help you make the best choice possible.

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Preschool Profile: Ross Valley Nursery School in Kentfield

February 19, 2013

Ross Valley Nursery SchoolFor over 60 years, Ross Valley Nursery School has been educating little ones in central Marin. Located on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Kentfield, the school offers programs for children ages 2 years 9 months to 5 years of age. We asked Ross Valley Nursery School board member Eliza DeNitto to tell us a bit more about her school. Learn more about the school and its programs at www.rossvalleynurseryschool.com.

Please describe your school’s educational philosophy. What’s it all about?

Ross Valley Nursery School (RVNS) is a traditional play-based nursery school where children have the freedom to gleefully enjoy childhood. We foster an environment where children develop positive self-esteem, grow in independence and confidence, learn to give and take turns, learn to get along with others, experience success, and develop self-control.The school emphasizes building confidence, dramatic play, creative expression, intellectual development, group relationships, growth of physical abilities, and most importantly social and emotional development. Children learn, grow, and explore at their own pace, while profiting from the group experience in an environment created expressly for young children.

What does a typical day at your school look like?

The children come into school at 8:45 in the morning (or 1 pm for our Pre-K) and are presented with a variety of teacher run activities of their choice the moment they arrive. Some children want to be busy the second they walk through the doors and some may need more time to adjust and choose a quiet activity to transition into the

Noah's Ark Preschool Open House in Novato Tonight, February 5

February 5, 2013

Noah's Ark Preschool in NovatoLooking 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.

Photo courtesy Noah's Ark Preschool.

Marin Preschool Profile: University of Play

September 4, 2012

University of PlayLocated 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.

Openings this Fall at Marinwood Preschool

August 24, 2012

Marinwood preschoolStill 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.

What You Can Do to Help Prepare Your Preschooler for Kindergarten

August 6, 2012

Marin Mommies presents a guest article by dad, parenting coach, author, and co-creator of Studio Grow Tom Limbert. Learn more about him and how he helps parents and families at parentcoachtom.com.

Somewhere in a big room with a long table and a bunch of chairs, some guys decided the way to fix our failing education system in America was to cram all the curriculum down to younger children quicker and sooner. These visionaries went on to conclude that it would be a good idea to test all those children and, based on those results, reward some schools and penalize some teachers. Teachers felt the pressure so they taught more children faster. They needed those more children to be more ready when they started kindergarten in the first place. So parents felt the pressure and decided to hold most of their children back until they were “ready” for kindergarten. If you have a preschooler right now you know all too well about this pressure. Bet you’re stressed about whether your child will be ready. Hoping your school will bring him up to speed? Me too. But there’s plenty parents can be doing at home to help prepare their children for kindergarten.

Most parents immediately think of numbers, letters and colors when they think of early childhood education and kindergarten preparedness. But any preschool or kindergarten teacher will tell you, there’s much more to it. There are social and emotional elements that are much-less quantifiable than the cognitive aspects of development, but just as integral to a child’s performance in school. The good news is there are many ways you can help prepare your child for kindergarten in your home on a daily basis. You don’t even have to go out of your way really. Just be a bit more alert to learning opportunities. Keep in mind that in order for the machine that we prefer to call our schooling system to operate effectively, children will mostly have to be able to focus, follow directions and respect others.

Marin Preschool Fair at the Osher Marin JCC

April 17, 2012

Marin Preschool Fair 2012If 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.