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About Little Ivy Preschool

With an approach that blends the best components from selected educational philosophies, including hands-on activities from Montessori, structure from Waldorf, and daily-life skills from Emily Post's Etiquette, Little Ivy Preschool is founded upon the principle that children do best when they are free to play, learn, and grow - in that order.

We offer a structured play-based curriculum, in which the choice of daily activities are self-directed by children, but within an overall framework of options that are designed to integrate traditional educational themes within each activity. Our school will offer activities such as music instruction, skill-based visual arts, gross motor skill development. Within our programming we also emphasize good manners, and promote basic etiquette as a lifelong social skill. The children grow mentally, physically and emotionally from what they learn, and they learn from their play activities. These guiding principles of Play, Learn, Grow, are featured on our school crest, represented by the teddy bear, alphabet book, and apple.

Programs and Tuition

Little Ivy Preschool's campus consists of two large classrooms, the "Big Red Room," for ages two and three, and the "Big Blue Room" for ages four and five. We have a large private play area including grassy field, play structure, and blacktop. Our school is also privileged to have direct access to a small private farm and approximately three acres of grass sports field, as a benefit of our location adjacent to Napa Christian School (although we are not affiliated with Napa Christian School, they are wonderful neighbors!).

Every day, our students are fed two snacks, and our snack offerings are always organic and vegetarian for healthy nutrition that accommodates most dietary restrictions. Children bring their own lunch to school. Due to our limited enrollment capacity, while we offer several flexible enrollment programs, we do not offer a half-day program. 

  • Preschool Hours are 9:00am - 3:00pm

    • Extended day (early or late) available for additional charge​

  • Enrollment is on a monthly basis

  • Tuition is for one calendar month and payable in advance

  • CLICK HERE to view the 2018 tuition schedule

Documents for Parents

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30am - 8:50am - Early drop-off (additional charge), free play

  • 8:50am - 9:00am - Drop-off and indoor/outdoor free play

  • 9:00am - 9:45am -  Daily welcome, circle time, singing songs

  • 9:45am - 10:15am - Snack time (ex: bagel and cream cheese)

  • 10:15am - 11:15am - Childrens' choice of learning centers

  • 11:15am - 12:00pm - Outdoor play time, sensory tables, garden

  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm - Lunch

  • 12:30pm - 1:15pm - Quiet rest time - nap, books, quiet coloring

  • 1:15pm - 2:00pm - Outdoor play time, sensory tables, garden

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Childrens' choice of learning centers, clean-up, singing songs

  • 3:00pm - Parent pickup

  • 3:00pm - 5:30pm - Extended day (additional charge) - indoor and outdoor free play

Meet The Director

Samantha Sollestre, MA

Miss Sollestre is an experienced early childhood educator with an MA in Human Development with a specialization in Early Childhood Education and a graduate of Michigan State University. Prior to joining Little Ivy Preschool, Miss Sollestre was the lead pre-K teacher at a preschool in Sonoma. Before moving to California in 2016, Miss Sollestre worked at preschools in Ohio and Michigan, caring for and educating children from infants through pre-K.

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