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Little Oaks Montessori
715 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952
Little Oaks Montessori specializes in educating children ages 18-months to 6-years-old, according to the MontessoriMore philosophy. Montessori education was developed in 1907 by Dr. Maria Montessori, and focuses on guidance as opposed to discipline, choice, and responsibility. Interested parents can learn more about Montessori education by visiting the Little Oaks Montessori Web site. In addition to traditional Montessori activitities, children attending Little Oaks have the opportunity to play and learn using music, yoga, art, and even begin learning Spanish.
Petaluma Educational Foundation
200 Douglas St, Petaluma, CA 94952
Petaluma Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to secure private sector contributions forMore Petaluma-area schools. The group's work consists of funding grants to teachers for innovative teaching practices, giving scholarships to graduating seniors and sponsoring theater and live music performances at no charge to students.
W.H. Pepper Preschool
627 F St, Petaluma, CA 94952
The W.H. Pepper Preschool was founded in 1894 by W.H. Pepper upon his return to the U.S. from Germany. Pepper wasMore inspired by the work of Fredrick Froebel, a pioneer in the early childhood education movement. Originally a kindergarten program, the preschool has a philosophy that stresses respect for children's interests and personal engagement in the learning process. Director Carolyn Wasielewski is an early childhood education and music specialist. The school focuses on music and movement, art, literature, multicultural activities, nature programs and field trips using an integrated Montessori approach. Tuition assistance is available through co-op positions. W.H. Pepper does not serve lunch or offer before- or after-school care. Students must be toilet trained to be enrolled.
Play & Learn Preschool
100 Gnoss Concourse, Petaluma, CA 94952
Play & Learn Preschool is an early childhood education program. The school offers a safe and welcoming environmentMore for children and offers programs for children, including day care and half-day options. Some lessons and activities include age-appropriate subjects, toys and games, circle time, music activities, arts and crafts, social activities, counting, ABCs and more.
Petaluma Village Preschool
76 Oak St, Petaluma, CA 94952
Petaluma Village Preschool is owned by teacher and Petaluma native Casey Arntz. It utilizes the Reggio Emilia Approach,More which focuses on education as a process and places the student's experience at the center of the learning environment. In keeping with the Reggio Emilia Approach, the teachers document the student's work in a number of ways, including photographs, teacher commentary and transcriptions of student's speech in order to give parents a window into their child's education, allow teachers to evaluate the learning process and emphasize to the children that their work is valued. Students at Petaluma Village Preschool have the opportunity to learn through art, gardening, storytelling, yoga, language studies in English and Spanish, music and more. This school is also in the preliminary stages of implementing a green school campaign.
Shining Star Preschool
95 Mission Dr, Petaluma, CA 94952

Shining Star is a home-based day care owned and operated by Bob Prichard. Originally opened in the East Bay inMore 1981, Bob moved Shining Star to Petaluma in 1996.

It's is the goal of Shining Star to provide a healthy and safe environment for children to learn at their own pace. Bob and his staff use puzzles, games, books, role play and music as well as local field trips to places like parks and the library to create a fun and educational experience for students.

Healthy meals are prepaired on site. Staff are first aid and CPR certified. Shining Star also offers a school newsletter for parents.

Cinnabar Performing Arts Theater
3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952
In the summer of 1970, Marvin and Jan Klebe bought a two-room school house on the outskirts of Petaluma and startedMore Cinnabar Theater. Their goal was to create a place where local talent could perform, collaborate and educate. Today, Cinnabar Theater is the only venue in Sonoma County that produces opera, musical theater, dramatic theater, chamber series, dance and special festivals. The Cinnabar Young Rep is a year-round program that offers classes, workshops, performance opportunities, summer camps and festivals, where children as young as 4 learn the art of the theater. Consult its website for upcoming performances and special events.