San Diego Preschools To Consider

When choosing a preschool, remember that early childhood learning is built on trusting relationships. You want to feel confident dropping your little one off each day. Knowing they will be learning in a safe and exciting environment. The task of finding the right preschool can be daunting sometimes, so I’ve put together a list of some wonderful San Diego preschools!

A fair warning, there is high demand for good quality preschools in San Diego. If you’re on the search, it’s important to act fast to getting on wait lists for your prefered schools. I hope this list will help you narrow down your search!

What to look for

The choice of which school is best can feel incredibly daunting. When touring and doing your research, keep the following items to look for in mind

  • Children are active and also have plenty of outdoor time
  • Adults are talking to children in nurturing and encouraging ways
  • When children are behaving inappropriately, teachers are focused on helping them, rather than punishing them
  • The class room has plenty of age appropriate playing opportunities
  • The staff seems to enjoy their work

Leport Montessori Solona Beach

LePort Montessori Solana Beach welcomes your entire family. With programs from infant through elementary school, your children can thrive at this school for many years. Leport Montessori helps your child gain what they call Knowledge for Life. It is the essential knowledge, thinking skills and strength of character needed to flourish as joyous children today, and as successful adults tomorrow.

Many families choose this school, because it is known for being a great preschool. They then stay through the elementary years. Families make this choice because they have discovered that the individualized, joyful learning experiences in Montessori are worth investing in. Also that the support of a community of like-minded families and passionate educators is invaluable in raising a happy, healthy child. Students have full access to the entire range of Montessori materials. Students are guided by experts who seek no higher agenda than to place the child first.

Encinitas Country Day School

This San Diego Preschool provides Montessori prepared environments with warm, loving, credentialed staff. Students will experience traditional exercises in the areas of language, mathematics, science, art. As well as cultural subjects combined with early exposure to geography, history, botany, zoology and also physical science. These studies lay a solid foundation for future academic learning.

Hands-on Montessori learning materials support children in learning the basics at their own pace while also satisfying their early childhood need for movement. Classroom art and science, playgrounds and gardens, weekly music and gymnastics classes and optional enrichment classes keep children busy with the work of a joyful early childhood.

Baldwin Academy

Baldwin Academy is a unique academically based child care center, focusing on Sustainability concepts, located in the heart of Pacific Beach in Northern San Diego. It has a beautiful campus nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood near the beach, staffed with very experienced teachers, where we have been serving our community for over 40 years.

They take pride in serving families by maintaining high academic standards and guiding their students to be life-long learners. Through their Gentle Earth Curriculum they strive to integrate a Green School Initiative where they expose our students to various natural treasures and help them begin to develop a connection with Earth from a tender age. Their goal is to instill in our little ones a love for the world so we can all be better stewards of this precious resource.

The Gentle Earth Curriculum introduces students to different elements of our Earth through an exploratory and experimental spiraled program. These “Green Studies” are taught alongside academics and both are often combined when appropriate. Through the Gentle Earth Curriculum their goal is to develop in each student a sense of love and responsibility for the Earth, helping them grow and become responsible citizens and guardians of our world .

Mission Bay Montessori Academy

In operation since 1968, we are a Montessori school located in beautiful San Diego, CA with programs for children in Preschool through 6th grade. Our 10-month school year runs from September through June, and we also offer a Summer Program.  In Montessori circles, the term “education for life” is often used. Success in school is related to the belief that in this environment, children are provided with opportunities to develop themselves as capable, self-directed, and independent learners. Dr. Maria Montessori created her specialized, hands-on curriculum methodology over a century ago based on years of observing children learning. Each classroom environment contains a wide range of materials that attract the child’s interest while presenting concepts in a carefully sequenced order, under the watchful guidance of Montessori-trained teachers.

Carmel Mountain Preschool

Carmel Mountain Preschool in San Diego has an eclectic philosophy that includes Reggio Emilia and Montessori influences. They value our teacher’s autonomy while keeping whole child learning and intentional reflective teaching at the core of Carmel Mountain Preschool. Activities revolve around children’s learning and interests while fostering creativity, imagination, and exploration.

This preschool is a play-based preschool and believe most learning objectives can be accomplished through play. They strongly support science, nature, process art, gardening, tinkering, music and movement, and literacy. Their outdoor classrooms and their Glenn allow us the opportunity to be holistic, organic, and nature based and this flows into all indoor classrooms. They strive to create natural and comfortable, homelike environments which allow us to support our diverse community. CMP staff are trained in Conscious Discipline and use these principles to support the school families in their classrooms.

I hope this list has helped you in your search for the perfect preschool in for your child! I know how important this decision is, and I really hope you find a great fit.

These early years are so, so special. I would love to help you document this time and photograph your family! Reach out to me through my contact form today!

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