Strawberry Preschool offers preschool and pre-kindergarten programs, based on the child's age and level of development. Each child is given many varied opportunities for working and learning through a play-based curriculum.
Our curriculum is tailored to the interests of the children, and evolves as teachers observe topics suggested by the children's spontaneous play. Weekly and monthly themes are the foundation for our presentation of learning tasks and creative activities, across a range of developmental stages.
Our primary teaching philosophy is based on the work of Jean Piaget, a Swiss philosopher and developmental psychologist. This child-centered approach to education facilitates cognitive development by:
I currently live in Novato with my husband, Nick and son, Quinton. I was born in San Francisco, and grew up in Tam Valley. I graduated from Chico State University with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and then moved onto Dominican University where I received my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Once I graduated from Dominican, I worked as a substitute teacher in schools throughout Marin County. Although I greatly enjoyed teaching at different schools and in a variety of grades, I quickly realized that my true passion was with younger children. That brought me suddenly into the field of Early Childhood Education, where I helped lead the Pre-K class at Marin Day School’s Hillside campus for 10 years before becoming the Director at Strawberry Preschool in 2013. Each day I am given the unbelievable opportunity to help provide an experience that allows our children to grow socially, emotionally, artistically, and academically. I find great satisfaction in knowing that I am helping to provide a positive first time school experience for our children, helping to prepare them for their next step.
All of Strawberry's teachers are educated in the principles of Early Childhood Education and regularly attend classes, workshops and seminars. Teachers are hired on the basis of their training, professional commitment to children and years of experience. Much of our staff has been with us for an average of 14 years -- and some much longer.
Our teaching approach is team-based. Daily staff meetings insure quality programming and the opportunity for teachers to focus on the needs of each child. Two optional conferences with your child's teacher are offered yearly to discuss your child's activities at school. Informal conferences are welcome at any time.
School hours for our Preschool Program are 9:00am to 1:00pm; our Pre-K Program hours are 9:00am to 1:00pm.
Three-year-old children attend the program on Tuesday and Thursday. Four-year-old children can attend preschool Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or five days. Child Care and Enrichment Activities are offered from 8:00 to 9:00am and from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Strawberry Preschool generally follows the local public school calendar, beginning school in early September and ending in the beginning of June. Optional summer programs are offered during June and July.
The preschool classroom is a spacious playroom, divided into three learning areas, with a large outdoor yard and garden. The indoor space includes an Art Room for artistic and creative expression, a Library that includes children's access to our large collection of children's books, and tables for cognitive small-motor tasks and science exploration. The Library also includes a dramatic play center with dress-up costumes, furniture and housekeeping equipment. Our third indoor area is the Block Room, which includes small unit blocks and large hollow blocks for play. The space can provide more large motor activities such as music, body movement, musical instruments, dancing and the use of other movement equipment.
Our Pre-K program is a five-day program with 16 students and two teachers. The program has been designed for children old enough to attend Kindergarten, but whose families feel an additional year in preschool would be beneficial. The children are usually four-and-a-half to five years old in September. Enrollment in the program is determined by birthday order of currently enrolled students (the older the child, the higher the priority).
Pre-K is located in the church building in two adjoining classrooms. The children move between the classrooms for various activities. These classrooms contain many learning materials and are designed to enhance children's social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. We approach the learning experience through a literature-based curriculum initiated by each child's chosen book, and each book's theme is studied for two weeks. Activities such as art, music, language, mathematics, movement, drama, gardening and cooking are planned from each book's story line.
Outdoor play is enjoyed on our regular preschool playground. Children from the Pre-K may also join our early morning and afternoon Enrichment Programs held on the preschool side.
Daily snacks are provided in the morning and in the afternoon. Snack may include crackers, cereal, vegetables, or fruit and a beverage, and an occasional birthday treat.
Children who stay for lunch, bring their own lunches to school in a lunch box or sack. Nutritious lunches give children energy and begin a lifetime habit of healthy eating. Pediatricians advise parents to avoid foods that may cause a child to choke, such as popcorn,nuts of all kinds, uncooked celery, carrots and hot dogs. Please no candy or drinks in cans or bottles.
Due to a few severe peanut allergies among our students, Strawberry Preschool is a "nut free" school and we do not allow any peanuts or peanut products in our school. Please avoid peanut butter (a safer alternative is sunflower butter or soy butter) and peanut oil products in lunches or treats brought to school for any occasion.
Children who attend Strawberry Preschool must be toilet trained. We understand that occasional "accidents" happen and are to be expected, especially when children are adjusting to a new school setting. We have extra clothes for this contingency. Should a child be continually wetting or soiling him/herself, staff will ask the parents to withdraw their child until toilet training is fully accomplished.
Strawberry Preschool is housed within the Westminster Presbyterian Church at
240 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon, CA 94920
(though we are nonsectarian)
Main Phone (415) 388-4437 | Pre-K Phone (415) 381-3111