This is our second year at Carmel Mountain Preschool and we are still loving it. Our son is just turning four and loves going to preschool, which speaks volumes. I am impressed with CMP for a number of reasons. First, they really care about your child as an individual and there is a genuine feeling of family throughout the school. They call me or email me regularly to update me on the progress of my son, or just events that are happening at the school. Our son's teachers are Miss Triana and Mrs. Chrystal and are incredible. There is nothing better than to see your child hug his teacher and say, "I love you" at the end of the day as it confirms he is in the right place! Plus, the educational experiences are top-notch! In the past few months they have had an African-drumming performance, a Hullaballoo band performance, a field trip to the pumpkin patch, an interactive book performance (the kids acted out the scenes in a book as a play), and a SNOW FOAM DAY where they played in snow made of Dr. Bronner's soap, and more. This school embodies what I call "Whole Child Learning." They have an incredible core curriculum that explores all the areas of traditional learning where they experience reading, math and rad science experiments, but they also incorporate music into lessons, visit the art studio regularly, practice fitness every week, and learn about social skills daily. There is an amazing art studio, a nature lab, and a garden called "The Glenn." Additionally, CMP cares about the health of your child and feeds my son wholesome organic snacks. They seem to be constantly thinking of how to incorporate new ideas, better educational products, and fun experiences into every day. You just can't go wrong with this preschool! I feel 100% confident that CMP is establishing a love of learning within my child, which is linked to future success in school and later in life. As a parent I am so grateful for the foundation it has set for our son.
Our now 2.5 year old started at CMP in February after spending his previous days with Grandma. We toured several day cares in the area but somehow overlooked CMP in our initial run. Luckily, we were referred by parents at our neighborhood park and made the great decision to check it out. It was a rough start for our little guy with all the unfamiliar faces and surrounding, but his teachers in the toddler class (Ms. Ellen, Ms. Maya, Ms. Marguerite) were very patient, kind, and loving in helping him get adjusted. While the drop offs were rough for the first few weeks, with him not wanting to be put down and crying when me or mom turned to go, he gradually warmed up as he became more comfortable. I'll never forget the day when it all changed and he walked over to play with one of his new buddies. It has been so encouraging to see his development really take off under the guidance of the teachers in his toddler class, and now with a few new teachers in the 2 year old class (Ms. Ariel, Ms. Lisa). We love how he will start singing songs he's learned at school, and he loves talking about his friends and even has named some characters in books at home after the teachers at school. He now gets excited in the morning when its time to go and will grab his lunch box and head out the garage door. They keep the kids engaged with a ton of different activities, time on the playground, storytime, messy art at the glenn, nature talks with Mr. Joe, time in the campus garden, and more. Our favorite thing about the school is the community of teachers that are involved in his life. From the his own teachers, to teachers in parallel classes, to the administrators at front, they all show that they are personally invested in building our son up to be a confident, curious, and happy toddler. With an upcoming move out of state, we can only hope to find a new school that offers everything as CMP. We will definitely miss it and know our son will too.
My 3 year old son started with Carmel Mountain Preschool three months ago and we couldn't be happier with the set up. He had been with a full time nanny since he was three months old, but we wanted him to have more integration with other children so decided to enroll him for half days when he was 2. We were pretty nervous about the whole thing and visited a lot of preschools. With most of them we walked away feeling a bit disheartened. Carmel Mountain Preschool has great energy and the grounds are beautiful. There is so much space and such a variety of things/places for the kids to explore. We don't feel he's been cooped up in a little classroom all day which is how we felt about other preschools we visited. We walked away from our tour feeling like we would love to have our son attend this preschool. Our experience so far has lived up to our expectations. Our son loves going and always has stories to tell us about the fun things he's done - bounce houses, fire trucks visiting, planting seeds, etc. His classroom posts pictures once a week, so we get to see what he's been up to all week and talk to him about it. He's established a close bond with his teachers which as a parent, you love to see. He was partially potty trained when we enrolled him and delayed in his speech. He's made big strides in his language skills since he started and is also completely potty trained which is huge. We love Carmel Mountain Preschool, and plan to keep him here until he's ready for kindergarten!