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Children flock to eensy weensy preschools

Original post made on Oct 12, 2013

More expensive than traditional preschools, "pocket" preschools, with enrollments under 15 children, have popped up in the Menlo Park-Palo Alto area. Most do not advertise, yet these schools have no trouble filling up, as word of mouth among parents creates long waiting lists.

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Posted by Malkah
a resident of Atherton
on Oct 12, 2013 at 8:55 pm

We took a chance and sent our daughter to a new preschool this year. It is very small: 8 children and two teachers, one of whom has an Ed.M from Harvard (plus a CA teaching credential) and the other who has taught preschool for over 10 years. We love it! It's called Grove Academy in Woodside. The school is beautiful and much of the learning takes place in the fenced in yard full of redwoods. I cannot say enough good things about it so far! It will fill up in no time for next year I am sure!

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Posted by palo alto resident
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 14, 2013 at 10:54 am

These small schools are wonderful! In addition to a lot of flexibility, and personal attention, they also provide another benefit - staff continuity, something that larger preschools and daycares don't always have.

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Posted by We, too
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm

We did this with our granddaughter. The preschool starts kids at 18 months, and requires parent or grandparent participation for kids under three years. After age three, parent participation is voluntary, but most parents participate. cease it keeps the cost down.

The results have been fabulous: our 2- and-a-half yr old granddaughter is way ahead of others her age, and begs to attend more often ( we just increased her to three mornings per week). She now recites the alphabet and numbers to her infant brother, and tries to read to him.

We sure wish higher education were so pleasant and effective!

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Posted by Another POV
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 14, 2013 at 12:26 pm

In case anyone reads this article feels bad about not being able to send their kids to places like this, I'm pretty sure most parents with older kids will tell you that your child will do fine going any preschool where they can play happily with other kids and be around caring teachers.

In my own experience with my kids in Palo Alto, I have not noticed any difference later in life between kids who had pre-school teachers with graduate degrees from Harvard and those who did not.

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Posted by Joy Weintz
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 10, 2016 at 3:57 pm

Debbie Baker of Circle of Friends runs an amazing boutique preschool! She is engaged with each family and knows the gifts and challenges of each student. The small environment allows everyone to be seen and heard and unable to hide. The social skills are cultivated by two seated meals -- a snack and lunch which is home made. Students help facilitate the serving and cleaning of the meal time, table and chair set up, and balanced and engaged dialog. Debbie's school partner Stephanie is equally engaging, and aware of childrens' development stages and individual paces. The structure of the school day is deliberate without being forced. If a child is a later riser, they won't feel they've missed out by coming in after 8:30. The longer day until 1:30 is a benefit to both child and parent. My youngest (of 3) son had 3 years with Circle of Friends, stayed through 5-6 years old, since he was a reluctant kinder student. Now he is a confident and thriving accomplished 1st grader. Thank you Debbie and Stephanie for our sage wisdom and candid caring guidance. Leif is in the photo in the blue shirt.
Don't miss having a look at Circle of Friends!

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