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UPDATE: Readers' Choice: What Preschool Is Best?

Two new schools were added upon request. We know Los Altos parents care when it comes to schools, starting with preschool, so weigh in this week!

Editor's Update: We have added Twinkle Twinkle and LAUMC Children's Center upon request from readers.

Patch's Readers' Choice contest asks you to name the preschool you think is best.

Where to send their toddlers to preschool is one of the most important decisions faced by young parents.

Studies have shown that early childhood education programs help youngsters be better prepared for kindergarten. 

In Los Altos, we're fortunate to have a good selection of excellent preschools that accept children as young as 3 and 4 years old, with flexible schedules such as just a few hours a day and as often as five times a week.

We hope you, our valued reader, will help us rate the preschools listed in this article and in the poll to make the selection a little easier for our local moms and dads.

We also hope you'll click on the links provided here to rate the preschools on their Patch Places listings and even leave a review, if you're so inclined.

We've may have only scratched the surface in Los Altos, so, please, name your favorite in the comments section below if we missed it. We'll add it, but do it today!

So which one do you choose?

  • at Hillview Community Center
  • at the Creative Learning Center

Voting in the poll below is open until 9 a.m. Friday. Please vote only once per survey, per Patch.

Because this poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by Patch editorial staff, based on poll results reviews on Patch Places, and the commenting made below. It's a good reason to go to the listing of all of your favorite places and write a review—now and in the future—and to weigh in below, as well.

Ties will be broken by whichever school has the most positive comments in the section below. We will announce the winner at noon Friday.

So tell us why the school you like wins your vote!

megan najera March 06, 2012 at 04:53 PM
montecito is such a wonderful envoronment for my child. they have all sorts of animals and a real sence of loving atmosphear from the teachers. the teachers seem very well versed on childhood education teaching styles. my dughter is so happy when i take her to her blue room class.
L.A. Chung (Editor) March 06, 2012 at 08:07 PM
My colleague at Mountain View Patch received a request to add Los Altos Parent Preschool in the MV poll, and now I'm wondering why there isn't at least one vote for it on Los Altos Patch (after all, we know at least one person likes that preschool)!
Jennifer Weiss March 06, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Tiny Tots is the best preschool! Teachers are amazing so personable and loving and school traditions will always be cherished and remembered!
Morgan Snyder March 06, 2012 at 10:01 PM
The teachers at Tiny Tots are amazing! Having tried multiple pre-schools in the area, I can say that Tiny Tots was our families favorite by far. A very loving, nurturing environment where the kids can learn and have lots of fun.
Rita March 07, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Twinkle Twinkle Preschool in Los Altos is an amazing place. There are weekly fieldtrips, Mandarin and Spanish class, music, dance, and Pre K. Their full time schedule is great for working parents. Also lots of love and nurturing. They also take kids for Afterschool.
H March 07, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Los Altos Parent Preschool (or LAPP) is a wonderful Co-op choice! I had never heard of co-op preschools before I happened upon this one... and I'm so glad I did! I've had 2 kids go through their program so far, and I'm always amazed by the teachers and thoroughly impressed by the curriculum. But most importantly, it's an AWESOME community of families that make up this wonderfully nurturing and supportive environment for my kids and our family. I'm a better parent for being a part of this school!
Shanon Pestrong March 07, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Los Altos Parent Preschool is fortunate enough to comprise approximately half of it's population from Los Altos and the other half from Mountain View. We are serving both communities equally, hence why we are on both polls. My two children have both gone to Los Altos Parent Preschool and it has served as a seamless gateway into their elementary school process. I could not be happier with their preschool experience.
Anne Finstad March 07, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Los Altos parent Preschool has been a wonderful experience for us. Great teachers and a great community too. We will go back next year!
L.A. Chung (Editor) March 07, 2012 at 07:19 AM
@Rita, I've added Twinkle Twinkle to the poll, if you would like to vote. Thanks for suggesting it.
Lillian March 07, 2012 at 07:58 AM
When looking for a preschool for my kids, I toured a lot of places including MVPNS. I knew in my heart I was looking for a place I could be a part of, that would truly care, nurture and teach my children, and thru which I would meet other parents with the same goals and beliefs and establish friendships. When we toured Los Altos Parent Preschool, my gut told me that I found the school - but my child just missed the cutoff date so we detoured for a year at Children's House before we happily joined LAPP. Now, with my kids in elementary school, I am positive I made the right choice. The preK program is especially amazing at LAPP. Teacher Kerry does such a wonderful job offering a curriculum that can't help but spark and engage the kids' intellectual curiousity. She is also warm and nurturing, knowing exactly when to push and when to hold back and let the child take the lead. But it wasn't just the curriculum. At LAPP my kids learned that "Everyone gets to play at LAPP", to share, to practice conflict resolution, to use words to express what they wanted or what they were frustrated with, that everyone was different but special in their own way. And because it was a coop, I was able to see a lot of this - see my kids grow happily and healthily. In addition to this, our *family* has made special friends who have been there for me through some tough times and a lot of fun times. LAPP is more than just a preschool for your kids - its a place where the entire family grows.
L.A. Chung (Editor) March 07, 2012 at 05:25 PM
There was an earlier post here (which I do not see anymore) that pointed out that comparing co-op preschools to drop-off preschools was a bit like comparing apples to oranges (or perhaps other fruit). I think there's truth to that because some parents don't have the time to volunteer and help run the program, which is the heart of the co-op movement. On the other hand, however, this poll (and accompanying comments) serve to provide information to parents who might be thinking of preschools now (or planning way ahead). Don't forget you can rate your preschool on the pages of Los Altos Patch. Go to the name of the school above the poll, which are linked to them (except Twinkle Twinkle, but we're working on that!). If your school has no stars on the page, it means no one has reviewed it. There are clearly some big fans here, so feel free to show your schools some love on their pages.
K March 07, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Children's Corner is a wonderful preschool. All three of my children have attended. The teachers are thoughtful and caring. I can honestly say they are and were never ready to come home. Having too much fun!
d March 08, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Tiny Tots was the BEST preschool! A great place to grow and explore. Both my brother and I attended and still cherish memories of it today.
Doris March 08, 2012 at 05:46 AM
We love LAPP!
MMDinard March 08, 2012 at 06:25 AM
I am amazed at what my child is doing at LAPP. The play-based curriculum is thoughtful, thorough and I would even say, sophisticated. I love that my daughter is doing science and social studies at this age (she just turned 5 years old). Three cheers to all the teachers and parents that make this such a great community. If only they had a Kinder program!
Tiffany March 08, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Both of my boys went to Tiny Tots. Not only is it a history piece of Los Altos, it is a perfect combination of learning, playing, and playing to learn. I wanted to be involved, but yet also wanted my kids to take the first steps of independence in their education, and the Tiny Tots program is the culmination of this goal. Being in the classroom once a month allowed me to watch and be with them, and also gave them to space to learn how to be with other people. I value all four of my years at Tiny Tots! --Tiffany M.
Rhonda Granlund March 08, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I love the fact that Tiny tots not only has a FANTASTIC facility, super cute and just has that homey feel. It also is a wonderful play based program allowing the children to just be children and enjoy their young years!!
L.A. Chung (Editor) March 08, 2012 at 07:59 PM
What a fan base Tiny Tots has! I'm interested in hearing from some of the other parents about why they chose their preschools. I would have never heard about Twinkle, Twinkle, for instance. And I've become curious about personal observations of the preschools that are on our list that have a few votes. The anecdotes provide helpful insight.
Cate March 08, 2012 at 10:24 PM
What about LAUMC Children Center? Been there for 3 years and will be there for 3 more. Love the teachers and staff!
L.A. Chung (Editor) March 08, 2012 at 11:24 PM
OK, I've added LAUMC Children's Center, so get the word out if you want to vote. Polls close Friday, March 9, 9 a.m.
Marta Wilde March 08, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Children's Corner has been a great fit for my twin girls, age 4. It is very comfortable there. Kids are appropriately challenged while maintaining a sense of play and discovery. The program is welcoming and easy to fit into. Kid are happy and engaged. We have chosen to stay there for another year,because I believe the program still has LOTS to offer my kids.
sjh March 09, 2012 at 02:25 AM
We love tiny tots! We have had an amazing experience at this preschool! We love the atmosphere and the staff!
David Peterson March 09, 2012 at 05:45 AM
We absolutely love Tiny Tots! Our twins thrived there and had so much fun. Now that our kids are in the third grade we still are friends with the teachers and families that attended with us!
jada smith February 03, 2013 at 05:35 AM
We love Montecito preschool and my kids have thrived there.

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