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4120 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

4120 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

preschool family
Instructor: PreSchool Family Staff
Quarter: Winter 2023
4120 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 856-0833
fax (650) 493-8371

For 75 years, we have offered preschool programs organized primarily for parent education. Parents develop a deeper understanding of early childhood development and parenting skills through adult discussion classes, formal and informal observations, and community exchanges. Our unique participatory structure allows parents to be involved in their children’s preschool education.

PreSchool Family is a parent education, parent participation program serving families with children from birth through five years. The program is designed to offer parents an opportunity to learn about parenting and to actively participate in their child’s education. For children, the program offers a developmentally appropriate, play-based, educational experience. Parents join their child for one class each week during September–May regardless of the age of the child.

Parent education is the heart of our program and consistent parent participation is required in both the child and the adult classes. We are committed to supporting the welfare of the whole family. Through our program, parents develop a sense of community and strength by working with other parents and their children. We strive to enhance each child’s natural curiosity and love of learning. We provide opportunities for children to master tasks that are appropriate for their individual level of development. Periods of free play are complemented by more structured small and large group activities.

In order to build strong families and communities, PreSchool Family serves parents and young children in a way that nurtures, respects, and educates all families, cultures, and religions. Each child and each parent is treated with respect for their individuality and unique potential.

Programs offered for the 2023 school year:

  • 3–12 Month Old Class: Wednesday 10 a.m.–12 noon & Parent class monthly on Thursday evening, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • 12–24 Month Old Class: Thursday 9:30–11:30 a.m. & Parent class on Thursday evening, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • 12–24 Month Old Class: Friday 9:30–11:30 a.m. & Parent class on Thursday evening, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • 2 Year Old Class: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m.–12 noon & Parent class on Tuesday evening 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • 3 Year Old Class: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 9:15–11:45 a.m. & Parent class on Wed. evening 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • 3 Year Old Stay and Play Class: Mon., Wed., & Fri. 9:15–11:45 a.m. & Parent class Mon. 11:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • 4 Year Old Class: Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.–12 noon & Parent class Tuesday evening 7-9 p.m.
  • 4 Year Old Stay and Play Class: Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.–12 noon & Parent class Tuesday 12 noon-2:30 p.m.
  • 2 Year Old & 3 Year Old Dinner Class: Wednesday 4-6:15 p.m.

Unless noted, the parent education classes occur twice a month in the afternoons or evenings. The Dinner class has parent education on alternating weeks during the participation class time. For the Stay and Play class programs, parent education classes meet in the afternoons while children eat lunch and play with another PreSchool Family teacher. Families may enroll in the spring if space is available.


Have a little one at home and interested in an incredible, parent participation & parent education focused preschool right on our Palo Alto neighborhood? PreSchool Family is still enrolling for the 2022-2023 school year.To learn more, please click here to visit the PreSchool Family website,
or call Fiona Gersh at the Greendell Office (650) 856-0833.

Upcoming PreSchool Family Tours

  • Thursday, January 26 (9:15 a.m.)
  • Saturday, February 11 (9 a.m.)
  • Thursday, March 9 (9:15 a.m.)

*** Please click here to register for a tour. ***


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For information about winter 2023 classes and registration
please visit https://greendell.pausd.org/programs/preschool-family.
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PreSchool Family Phone: (650) 856-0833