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The Carmel Mountain Preschool Story

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Founded in 1983, Carmel Mountain Preschool is a local family-owned and operated private preschool and Summer Camp Program located in Rancho Penasquitos. Carmel Mountain Preschool is a warm, caring and fun atmosphere where children of Rancho Penasquitos, Carmel Valley, Rancho Santa Fe, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Santaluz, 4S Ranch, and Scripps Ranch can develop a lifetime love of learning. Over three decades later, the preschool continues to produce Carmel Mountain Preschool graduates who go on to succeed both academically and personally.

Carmel Mountain Preschool is situated on a beautiful 3-acres, providing plenty of space for children to learn, discover, explore and grow at our three separate age-appropriate playgrounds, Art Studio, Science Lab, Outdoor Garden Classroom, Messy Art area and Soccer Field.

Carmel Mountain Preschool offers a well-rounded curriculum that exceeds state standards – it showcases a balance between superior academics and extraordinary fun. We believe that a child’s preschool years are among the most important years for literacy and development. Our curriculum is built around a wide variety of activities designed to enhance vocabulary, awareness of patterns and sounds in language, letter recognition, social intelligence, knowledge of printed materials, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, outdoor play and exploration of art and science. All of these factors, when combined, help your child attain higher academic achievement, and encourage social and emotional growth, which results in children who are confident learners and have higher self-esteem.

We also provide an outstanding Summer Camp Program and Before & After School Program which offer a variety of developmental and fun activities for elementary school students in San Diego.

Parents love us... here's what they have to say:

“We have been coming to CMP for two years and we absolutely love it. The teachers are all fantastic, as well as the office staff. Our son Avery has developed so much over the past two years and has made so many wonderful friends. We have other family members who also attend CMP and our youngest son will be attending next year. CMP has a way of making you feel like one of the family and we always recommend CMP to everyone we meet!” — Jennifer Farrell January 2015

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Reuse, Reduce, Recycle Carmel Mountain Preschool art collage

Reuse, Reduce and Recycle…Into Fine Art!

This week up in “The Studio” famous artist Louise Nevelson inspired us. She was an American sculptor known for her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures. We decided to use recycled materials to create collages. Then we painted our artwork in one color, just like Louise! Materials Anything recycled such as: cardboard popsicle sticks […]

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