About Little Ivy Preschool

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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.

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 offers diverse activities such as scientific exploration, music, visual art, and activities that promote motor skill development. Within our programming we also emphasize good manners, and teach basic etiquette as a lifelong social skill. We work with local private and public schools to ensure that our graduates are ahead of the curve when they enter kindergarten. Young 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," generally for ages two and three, and the "Big Blue Room" generally for potty-trained three-year-olds, through age five. Curriculum activities are catered to appropriate age groups within the classrooms. 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, Little Ivy provides two nutritious snacks to our enrolled children, 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 typically offer several flexible enrollment programs, we do not offer a half-day program. 


  • One schedule of care: M-F, 8:30am - 5:30pm

  • Assigned "Pods" of the same children each day

  • Pods assigned to the same teacher each day

  • Restricted interaction among children across Pods

Non-COVID Offerings will resume when appropriate, and include:​

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

    • Extended day (early, late, or both) options are available for additional charge​, as early as 7:30am until 5:30pm

  • Choose from two, three or five-days-per-week of care

  • Enrollment is on a monthly basis

  • Tuition is for one calendar month and payable in advance

CLICK HERE to view the tuition schedule

Sample Daily Schedule

​The following sample schedule is exemplary only; time frames are estimates and any given school day WILL be different based upon daily learning activities, weather, mood, current events, or class preference!

  • 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 - 10:00am - Snack time (ex: bagel and cream cheese)

  • 10:00am - 11:15am - Learning centers and academic lesson

  • 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 - Visit the farm animals! (located on Napa Christian Campus)

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Second snack (ex: fruit, cheese and crackers), learning centers and academic lesson, clean-up, singing songs

  • 3:00pm - Parent pickup

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

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