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Testimonials

Word of mouth has been the driver of our success for over 30 years. Here are some of the great things people have said about us:

Some things are just meant to be.

When my husband and I were looking for the right preschool for our son, Graysen, we had scheduled a day full of tours at other schools. It was a long day and we weren’t sure we would have time after our other visits to make the drive to Carmel Mountain. I hadn’t scheduled a tour so I called and was told to just pop by. We all came over, but honestly, I was pretty confident our son would be attending a preschool we toured earlier. So, I thought we were just “covering our bases.”

However, as soon as we had finished walking through the building and playgrounds I had changed my mind about our previous decision and knew our place was at CMP. I could tell immediately that CMP wasn’t just going to be a preschool, but a second family for my son. All of the staff were so genuine and even during our tour, made a connection with my son. The facilities are top-notch and it is truly a place for excellent and safe play and learning.

One of the main goals we have for our child is to be a life-long learner and to be taught skills in such a way that it feels like an organic and natural process. This is accomplished beautifully at CMP. We are more interested at this point in social skills building and simply the process of being curious about the world. To be able to have trained staff helping with that development at CMP is priceless.

Another key in determining our decision to attend CMP was your willingness to be sensitive to our specific type of parenting when it comes to healthy detachment. We worked so hard with our son to build a healthy attachment and at nearly three, it can hard for a little one to leave his mommy during the school day. Graysen’s teachers have been instrumental in helping my son transition gently to his school day.

We love all of the variety of programs and activities that our son gets to experience at CMP. We will forever think of CMP as an extended part of our family and are so grateful our son is in your care!

— Allison Denehy & Noel Schaeffer

My son, Zane, started at CMP as a 3 year old. He is now 8 years old and is still attending the B/A program (before and after school care). While we certainly have other options for day care, we cannot bring ourselves to pull him out of CMP. It is a loving, fun and disciplined environment where he has thrived. There is nothing in this world more important to us than our children and we trust CMP wholeheartedly with Zane’s care. My favorite moment from CMP actually happened in Italy. We took a family vacation there when Zane was in kindergarten. The year prior, he had been in the Kindergarten Prep class with Ms. Nicole. She did a unit on Renaissance artists, at which time he would tell me about Van Gogh and Monet and even painted his own version of Starry Night. A year later, we were standing in the Uffizi and my 6 year old son started jumping up and down and (almost) yelling, “Look Mommy! That’s by Leonardo DaVinci! I love DaVinci! Is Michelangelo here too?” Not only does CMP offer a safe and loving place for children, but they also feed their hungry minds. We would recommend CMP without hesitation. All of the teachers genuinely care for and about the children. You can tell it is more than just a job to them. We are proud to be a part of the CMP family.

— John & Jackie Reed

We couldn’t be happier with Carmel Mountain Preschool.  The teaching staff and front office staff are so engaged in my child’s learning and happiness.  They constantly endeavor to find new ways to improve the school experience, whether it is adding solar panels, transitioning to organic snacks, or introducing mini summer camps.  My daughter loved her Cooking Camp- offered for 2 hours a day during the summer days for a week.  She just told me, months later, that she made pesto with Ms. Michelle and loves it and could I please make it at home.  A five year old asking for pesto?  I call that a win!

— Jill Townsend

As a mom with a very “spirited kid” I cannot tell you what a blessing this school has been for us.

As a working mom I often feel guilty about having to work so much, but it gives me comfort knowing that my son is in extremely capable hands! Brody wakes up excited for school in the morning and often makes me finish the story they are reading before we can leave school in the evenings.

My son has had several different teachers and I cannot even begin to tell you how incredible they all have been. Miss Haley & Miss Brittany were his first teachers and truly made preschool an exciting experience for the both of us. They worked with Brody and really helped him learn in an exciting and fun environment. Miss Triana & Miss May have also been incredible! I love their excitement and passion for teaching, you can tell that they love what they do, and absolutely enjoy working with kids. It shows in the way they teach and interact with all the little ones.

On top of this, I love all the extras that the school does to enrich their program. It is so fun to have extra programs like the farm animals visiting to the sport camps that come to the school (for a small additional fee).

I also love the extra details like adding the diffusers into all the rooms and running essential oils to keep the air quality better, adding in as many organic snacks and promoting natural soaps. I love that the school feels like a home. It is so clean and inviting I cannot express how absolutely grateful I am to have my son attend!!!

Thank you for all you do Carmel Mountain Preschool!!!! We are so lucky to have you guys.

— Jane Fajjardo

Carmel Mountain Preschool has provided a top-notch, well-rounded social and academic learning environment for our three children. The staff is knowledgeable, kind, and loving. The facilities are impeccable and continue to be updated and improved upon. The learning opportunities allow children to develop confidence and an enthusiasm for learning. Even after moving ten miles away, we still drive our youngest to CMP every day so she can have the same stellar preschool experience that her brothers had. We couldn’t be happier!

— Adrienne Asdal

It is as close to “preschool heaven” as one can get. We had another grandson who went there and graduated from the most wonderful Kindergarten I have ever seen.  Our older grandson is now in second grade in public school and is head and shoulders above many others in his class.  I give most credit to Carmel Mountain Preschool for his wisdom and ability to do so well in school.  This being said he does have wonderful parents who are nothing less than amazing —but very wise to pick such a great preschool so their kids have an edge, so to speak!

 

The teachers they hire are so giving and wise and loving and just AMAZING for sure! The director of this preschool has the experience and wisdom to hire just the right teachers and staff. I will always be grateful for this wonderful preschool and its staff for making life not only fun for my grandkids but also giving them the tools to start succeeding in life.  It shows that the early years are so important.  Thank you from the bottom of “Amma’s” heart.

— Joanna Ferlan

The flexibility, convenience and personal touch that our girls received from CMP’s BA program was truly exceptional.  Under CMP’s care, the girls thrived during the school year.  CMP took the stress out of our weekly schedule, which enabled us to spend quality time together as a family.

— Catherine & Rob Hastings

Carmel Mountain Preschool is a place that is near and dear to my heart. Not only am I the parent of a 4 year old in the Kinder-prep classroom but a former teacher and student at CMP. Carmel Mountain Preschool is a facility that encompasses many contributing factors to the overall growth of children. The classroom curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all children and facilitate independent thinking and generalization of concepts in life and the community. CMP also offers an array of extra-curricular activities such as music, Spanish and the P.E.R.K club. In addition to this, CMP has an amazing agricultural area named “The Glenn,” in which all children are provided a weekly opportunity to engage in art activities, become exposed to animals and reptiles in our world, and also partake in growing different vegetables.

The faculty at CMP truly enjoys what they do and you can see it in the way that each individual child is treated and welcomed on a daily basis when they arrive at school. They create a family environment not only amongst their individual classrooms but throughout the facility as well.

All of these things, and many more, is what makes Carmel Mountain Preschool the perfect place for my child to develop and learn socially and academically. I would recommend CMP to any parent looking for a preschool for their child. Many children have come through the doors of CMP over the past 30 plus years and they continue to do so. My daughter wakes up every day looking forward to going to school, and as a parent it is such a joy to know that Carmel Mountain Preschool has provided her with a love of learning and also a place where she can develop friendships and thrive.

— Heather Diaz

Everything we could have dreamt to find in a preschool, we found at CMP – not to mention the hundreds of things we didn’t even know we wanted that came as a bonus! The front office staff and the teachers are truly exceptional human beings with huge hearts and competent abilities, the facilities are also incredible. We are so grateful that when our daughter isn’t with us, she’s in the care of the amazing team at CMP… I couldn’t imagine a better place for her to start her educational journey and build the foundation for a lifelong love of learning!

— Krista Clive-Smith

My son has attended Carmel Mountain Preschool for over 2 years. After a vigorous search of preschools over the span of several months, we knew CMP was the perfect school for our son. Since day one, which started in the toddler class, our son has thrived. Carmel Mountain preschool has nurturing, compassionate teachers that honor and foster the individuality of each child. They encourage learning, creativity, physical activity and are constantly providing an environment that makes the kids feel safe and loved. All the teachers and administration have embraced my son and all his humorous and quirky character traits which have included his love of vacuums. He has vacuumed the CMP lobby EVERDAY since he was 2. Miss Carol and Miss Delores have been kind enough to share their vacuums and it has become a regular part of the routine at CMP. As my son heads to kindergarten this year, I will be forever grateful for the experience we have had and will always continue to support this school. It is simply….THE BEST.

— Amy Foley

As new parents, it was overwhelming searching for the best place for your loved one to spend their days while you’re at the office.  You want a safe, clean, organized, and conducive learning environment that doesn’t cost more than your mortgage.  It was an easy choice when we found CMP.  The incredibly dedicated staff is eager to assist and answer any questions, no matter how small, and they take amazing care of your children.  The outdoor facilities such as the bike track, art grotto, and animal learning area are unmatched.  Even the activities in the classrooms such as the activity trays or circle time are structured around important child development skills.  Private ownership means they care about every student and their family as opposed to a corporate or government run facility where they simply baby sit your child.  Our son has developed excellent cognitive and relationship skills that will prepare him for kindergarten.  We are so pleased with everything CMP has to offer and really enjoy being a part of their family.

— The Wrinn Family

Our daughter has attended Carmel Mountain Preschool (CMP) for the last year and we could not be more pleased.  She recently joined the 3 year old program and within the first two weeks asked me multiple times why I was picking her up early as she wanted to stay and play with her new friends.  Her teachers truly care about her well-being and success.  Our daughter is currently learning all about letters and we are asked questions such as, “Mommy does snake start with S?” or told “Daddy, B is for Brooke” on a daily basis.  It is so fun to see their minds being stretched and their imaginations being sparked.  We are very grateful that our daughter and our family has been able to be a part of the CMP family.

— Emlyn Mingrone

My daughter started the new school year in the 3-yr old program a couple months ago, and I can already see huge strides in her educational development. I was shocked when she came home on Day 5 having traced her name with the help of her new teacher, Miss Claudia! I’m very impressed with the “Splash into Pre-K” curriculum used and very much enjoy seeing my daughter tie together the different themes learned in class to everyday experiences.

CMP has been the best decision our family has made since relocating a year ago to San Diego. The staff and teachers Brooke has had during her time there have been nothing short of extraordinary. We feel blessed we found CMP when we did and that Brooke gets to spend her days in such an educational, fun and innovative environment!

— Holly Dupuis

I cannot recommend Carmel Mountain Preschool enough. I have sung their praises since the first moment our oldest daughter stepped into their doors at just two years old. As new parents, we were apprehensive and scared to leave our little one. I am so grateful she was in such loving and capable hands, and it made the goodbye each morning that much easier knowing she was getting not only the love and attention she needed, but she was learning & exploring so much more than we could have ever imagined!

Now three years later, our two year old son has the privilege of sharing each weekday with CMP. Their caring staff has welcomed us each and every day with a hello and a smile. Their teachers go above and beyond for each child in and out of the classroom. I am still taken aback each time the kids and I walk through the hallways and countless teachers say hello to the kids by name even though they never had them in their classroom. We also can’t express how much we adore Miss Ellen in the toddler room. She is a gem of a teacher and we count ourselves so lucky to be in her classroom. She truly is amazing with the kids and our son adores her. She has a heart of gold as well as an abundance of patience. She is so creative and I am truly amazed at how many hands on activities she does with the little ones. I love all the art work that we get to take home and the pictures that gives us a glimpse into the kids’ day. I can’t thank CMP enough for caring for our children as if they were their own. Thank you CMP for all you do every day!!! Thanks again for everything,

— Sharon Russell

My son has been attending Carmel Mountain Preschool for 4 years.  He started in the preschool program and continued to stay in their afterschool and summer camp program.  Carmel Mountain is a wonderful place to send your children because they truly care about them.    I feel comfortable knowing that he is in safe and caring environment.   My son has some special needs and they have done a great supporting his educational and emotional challenges.  They are also a God send because they have a very comprehensive schedule and always cover the days that the public schools are off, which for 2 working parents is a must.  They have become like a second family to my son and us.  Thank you to CMP for everything.

— Inessa Baumgartner

I have 3 little girls at CMP who are all very different. What I really appreciate is the way that they meet the individual needs of each one. They’ve given some extra time at Kindergarten drop-off in their B/A program: which allowed a tired 2 year-old to sleep a little extra on an especially tough day for her, it also allowed our twins to give each other quick cuddles sometimes once we split them into separate classes. These little extras are what make CMP my children’s second home and a place where they feel happy and loved. They actually ask for their teachers on the weekends when they get hurt!

— Heather Hall

Knowing that education, health & safety are priority at CMP were top factors in sending our daughter there, but seeing how much the teachers & staff care about the children made it a no-brainer! I love that she gets to garden, play outside, and get messy making art on top of having organic snacks. We love CMP.

— Katrina Betts

I am writing this letter to rave about my children’s experience at your school. It is the least I could do to help more people know how amazing you school, program, and teachers are! First and foremost, I leave my twin four year olds at your school with absolutely no apprehension, on a daily basis, and have since the very first day they began attending. This is what initially drew me to your school and got me hooked. The first time I had entered the front door, the warm, compassionate greeting and feeling I got from it all, left such a huge impression. I haven’t come across a group of teachers with such an immense strength, love and devotion for what they do and who they help. It’s amazingly comfortable to drop off my kids and know that they are being care for so well. No matter how busy the front desk staff are during your assumingly crazy mornings, I have not once walked by and not received a single smile or verbal greeting. My kids knew everyone’s names from day one because of this as well. That example is a perfect testament to all of the other lessons my kids have learned at CMP. I have seen first hand the proof that every individual staff member there uses all the opportunities they can to teach any student. No one is on the sidelines at CMP – they present themselves like a family and are definitely working together as one all of the time. The teachers that my girls had this year (Melanie and Nicole) have a great ratio of academics to play during each school day, to attend to each of the students’ ability levels. I feel that both of my twins are completely ready to tackle Kindergarten in the fall and might actually be ahead in some areas because of the hard, but fun work they do in class. I love seeing how proud they are to have accomplished an assignment and love it even more knowing that they are proud because their teacher encouraged them along the way and taught them why they should feel that way. Thank you for keeping my kids safe, nurtured, eager, and facilitating their learning this year! We love CMP and think there’s no better childcare facility for our kids. We will miss you all.

— The Spark Family

Our family has been at CMP since 2009 with our 3 children. Over the years, we have gotten to know the teachers, staff, and owners and have had so many wonderful experiences that it is tough to pick just one out to share. The environment is warm and nurturing and the facilities are ideal as the children grow and develop. The curriculum offers a perfect blend of education and fun – exercising both the mind and body. Our two boys, now both in elementary school, were very well prepared for school and are excelling, due in no small part to efforts of the team at CMP. Perhaps the best testimonial we can give is that our boys are eager to come along for our youngest daughter’s pick-ups and drop-offs, so that they don’t miss the chance to visit with friends and teachers. We have and would absolutely continue to recommend CMP to friends and family!

— The Hannaman Family

Our family couldn’t have been happier with everything we received from CMP for our daughter and son. Both kids had never attended preschool before they came to CMP, and from the very first day they felt comfortable (as did we as parents!) The teachers had the perfect combination of being nurturing and supportive, yet pushing the kids to explore new things, to go outside their comfort zones, and to increase their self-sufficiency and confidence. The materials in the classroom and playgrounds are all first-rate, and The Glenn (outdoor garden) is such a wonderful way to teach kids about nature and was definitely a favorite of both kids. Last but certainly not least, the staff in the office is always kind and helpful. We are so grateful to CMP for giving our kids such a wonderful start to their educations.

— The Dopson Family

My son Frankie started at Carmel Mountain Preschool when he was 18 months old.  I was so nervous to leave him all day.  The thoughts that ran through my mind were, is he going to nap?  Will he eat his lunch?  What if he cries when I drop him off?  I was a wreck.  Well, much to my surprise, he loved it from the first day that he met his very first teacher, Miss Ellen.  On his second day, he was napping for 2 hours and never cried when I dropped him off.  Since then, he has learned so much.  His language skills have sky-rocketed, he learned to say please and thank you and even started singing the alphabet.  The toddler program at CMP is amazing.  The teachers are so nurturing, loving and really care about each child in the classroom.  I am so happy that I started Frankie at 18 months, now he is in the 2 year old classroom and LOVES to come to school.  He learns something new each day here at CMP.

— Julie Goldstein

We love CMP. Our oldest son started in the 2 year old program over 6 years ago and we followed suit with our younger son. Both boys still attend CMP, now as part of their terrific before-and-after-school care program for elementary school-aged kids. Every teacher we’ve had at CMP has been fantastic, as are the staff. I’m impressed with their ability to continue to recruit and retain high-quality staff. We recommend CMP whenever we get the chance and are always a little sad when we hear from friends whose children are going elsewhere – they have no idea what they’re missing! I know our children are safe, loved, nurtured, and well-educated there. Our kindergartner is now repeating in public school everything Miss Christina already taught him in kinder-prep – he’s so ahead of the game from his time at CMP. And our 2nd grader is a voracious reader, no doubt due to CMP helping to foster a love of reading. CMP gives each of our boys a new book every year for their birthday – how sweet is that?? We could not be happier with the quality of the administration, the teachers, the facilities or the program. We’ll miss CMP when our boys finally age-out. Thankfully, that’s still years away!

— Betsy Stumme

The moment you arrive at Carmel Mountain Preschool, there is an overwhelming sense of HOME. There is a true love for the children that radiates throughout the administration, teachers, and campus. You can tell that the well-being of the child is the priority. There is a magical essence that resides in the landscape and classrooms that any child would love. I have had the pleasure of teaching at Carmel Mountain Preschool as a three year old lead teacher along with launching my passion project there, My Music Workshop, a music enrichment program. As a parent and a teacher myself, I understand what makes a quality place for children to learn, play, and be cared for, and I believe CMP succeeds all expectations.

— Lianna Berlinger (Founder - My Music Workshop)

To The Wonderful Staff at Carmel Mountain Preschool, Thank you for your continuous investment in all the children at CMP. Thank you for knowing them, spending time with them and continually providing your love and support. Thank you for your smiles your hugs, and your kind words. We love You! If our kids can’t be home, I’m glad they are with you at CMP!

— The Reardon Family

My three year old has now attended CMP for 1.5 years! We moved to San Diego from a small community and I was extremely concerned about finding a daycare where he wouldn’t be just a number. At CMP he’s far more than that. Not only is the teaching staff amazing but the office administration when he’s felt sick or we’ve had general questions. We have truly felt like we’re part of the family. We also see CMP active in our local community such as sponsoring a local Westview High school football player, which is so important and speaks volumes. My 3 year old can’t wait to go to school see all his friends and share afterwards how much he’s learned. I have no doubt in how much they’ve contributed to my son’s learning and setting him up for success in the future. We love our CMP Family!

— Todd & Codi Minster

My two boys have been going to CMP for many years. Our eldest son graduated from CMP’s Kindergarten program and now enjoys their before and after school program. My youngest has been with CMP since 18 months old.  We love CMP. The staff are friendly, caring, and passionate and enjoy teaching through reading, music, art, and playtime. My boys love their CMP teachers and staff, and they are truly an extension of our family. Each teacher we have had over the years have formed a special bond with our kids, and they are really helping shape our boys into great students. The school is clean, colorful and comfortable. The addition of Mr. Joe the “bug” guy at the Glen and Mrs. Julie the “messy art” teacher shows CMP knows the best ways for kids to learn through creativity and exploring their surroundings. The CMP staff are the sweetest ladies on the planet, and really make it their job to learn all about your family and your little love ones. We highly recommend CMP, and would rate it hands down, “the best private preschool in the world

— Troy & Jennifer Mouritzen

Our experience at CMP started with our visit to preschools when we were looking for a place to send our eldest daughter. We had visited two other schools but when we walked in to CMP, my wife and I simply looked at each other and said “this is the one”.

Now with one daughter in 2nd grade and our youngest currently at CMP, it is the best decision we have made for their future education. Our kids love learning and love school, and CMP has been crucial in that cultivation of positive feelings they have. Our eldest has excelled in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade to date, which we believe is in no small part to the joy she associated with school from the first day she arrived at CMP.

The staff at CMP has been so welcoming and so engaging with our kids that both of them are convinced they want to be teachers when they grow up and spend many hours “teaching” their stuffed animals. We have yet to experience a bad day at CMP and tell everyone who asks that there is no better place to send your children!

— Walker & Casey Sullivan

My two children attend CMP, one in the toddler program and one in the Pre-K program, so we have some experience in different classrooms. Both my kids love it there. I think the single best thing about the school is the teachers. All of them are absolutely amazing and love the kids. My oldest has attended other preschools, but I just didn’t find the same quality in the teachers. My youngest had some trouble adjusting to going to preschool and her teachers consistently made school a fun and happy place. She now looks forward to going to school and there aren’t any more tears at drop off.

The other thing I love about CMP is all of the fun activities, including a snow day for the kids, a hullabaloo concert, and a holiday program. And that was all just this fall! If you are looking for a school with that stimulates your child’s development, while they have a fun day, then check out CMP. We are so happy we found it!

— The Reilly Family

We have been a part of the CMP family for three years. Our two boys have had such a wonderful experience. I cannot speak highly enough about the staff. The administrative team, the teachers, and the resources they pull in for extracurricular actives have all been top notch. This place is a piece of heaven for any parent looking for a trustworthy and loving place for their children. They care for and love each and every child as if they were their own. They provide programs that enrich the learning experience for our children. They understand the demands of working parents and support us too. I will be so sad the day our last one outgrows the school, CMP will forever have a piece of our family’s heart.

— The Bertrand Family

I was very nervous about sending my daughter to preschool especially at 18 months. I didn’t think she would get much out of it and that it would just be an added expense for the family. It only took a week for me to realize how special CMP was and to see my daughter grow as a person. We have been there for nearly two years now, and I attribute my daughter’s growth to the teachers and programs that CMP provides. I could not be happier with the care, education and most importantly the social interaction my daughter gets at CMP.

— Jimmy & Jenna Langley

Our daughter began attending CMP’s preschool program when she was three years old. She then moved up to their kindergarten prep program. In each program, she thrived. She learned so much so fast it was sometimes hard to keep up. She went to school each day excited to see her teachers and learn from them. She came home each evening excited to share with us the events of her day and what she had learned. When she transitioned to public school for Kindergarten, she was ahead of most of the other students in reading and math. CMP gave her the head start she needed to be successful in public school. Our son has recently entered the preschool program and we cannot wait to see what he achieves in such a wonderfully nurturing environment. CMP was the best investment our family could have made in our children’s education.

— Brie Page

Over a year ago, our daughter, her husband and two sons relocated to San Diego. She diligently researched a preschool for their youngest son, Cooper. Of course, as the grandparents, we were hopeful that she would be able to enroll him in a preschool that was family oriented, provided enrichment/education opportunities and assisted in developing good social interactions and responses. This past summer we came to San Diego with the oldest son to pick up Cooper from Carmel Mountain Preschool. We had accompanied our daughter on previous occasions but this time is was just us. First of all, the staff at Carmel Mountain was very congenial and helpful in directing us to his classroom. The reunion of Cooper and his brother was very touching as they mean the world to us. The staff was very considerate in giving us space and time to have this reunion. Later we accompanied our daughter to the open house for the new school year. We were informed of what he would be learning and doing. He has also had the opportunity for his Dad to accompany him on a field trip. In this day, when both parents have to work, it is a comfort to see a preschool such as Carmel Mountain take pride in their staff, their facilities, and the enrichment opportunities for each child.

— Al & Cindy Christophersen

Words cannot express how pleased we are with the preschool program that our daughters has been privileged to be a part of.  From the day that they began at Carmel Mountain Preschool, the wonderful staff has made learning fun and engaging and has opened up a world of knowledge for our daughters Lauren and Alyssa. Our daughters have gained so much from already being there. My eldest daughter now a 6th grader at Mesa Verde Middle School is a straight “A” student with 4 courses carrying a 100% each.  My wife and I know that both their lives have been enriched from the amazing experiences here and my current preschooler will go forward into Kindergarten and with all the skills she will need to be a successful, well rounded student as well.  The staff at Carmel Mountain Preschool becomes an extension of your family.  The staff constantly provide you with updates and interaction on your child’s progress each and every day and are always attentive to your needs and concerns. You definitely know at Carmel Mountain Preschool how much your children are loved and what it means to provide a higher standard of care, both academically and socially.

— Marty & Lory Dumo

I don’t think I am exaggerating when I say that Carmel Mountain Preschool has become like a part of our extended family and I know my daughter enjoys every second being at school. From the beginning the teachers and staff at CMP went out of their way to make my toddler and my entire family feel welcome. My daughter is greeted every day with a hug day without fail and I leave her knowing she is with people that genuinely care for her education and well-being. We love CMP!

— Dustin Gaspard

CMP is such an important part of our family’s life! My oldest daughter attended from age18 months through 4.5 years old and I cried on her last day because it was the end of such a special 3 years.  Luckily, we now have our younger daughter here! Our spunky 2 year old can be pretty spirited- her teachers embrace that spirit and she’s flourished under their care. As a working mother, it’s priceless to feel included in your kids’ weekday lives. We receive so many pictures and fun stories every week from the class!

In my opinion, the things that stand out about CMP vs other daycares and preschools come down to: the staff, the facilities and the curriculum. The front office staff are extremely tenured. They are experienced, available, organized and invested in each family’s well-being. The teachers all have either Bachelor’s degree or a Credential and the thoughtful curriculum is second to none. Our oldest daughter started Kindergarten ahead of many of her peers especially in math and reading. The school grounds are amazing. The classrooms are clean, well-maintained and spacious. The playgrounds are very large with lots of age-appropriate equipment. The thing I love the most on the grounds is “The Glen”, which also houses an art studio and science lab. Children are spending time gardening, learning about insects and animals, and performing experiments. Creative art project time is a favorite for my girls.

We love this school so very much. Its way more than a “daycare” to us- CMP is where my kids have spent some of the happiest times of their lives, and where they’ve gotten a head-start on their education. I will continue to refer any and everyone I know to CMP!

— Carrie Julius

My child has been at CMP for almost 2 years. Miss. Jacque’s class was an awesome experience for Isabella. I loved how the teacher shared with me Isabella’s areas of improvement and how we both talked to Isabella about it and work to overcome it. The continuous encouragement and close attention Miss. Jacque gave to Isabella helped her tremendously. She was very happy and excited every day. Every time I talk to a new mommy at my work I strongly recommend CMP. It’s been a great value added to my family and child’s education. I appreciate the school’s education system and all the kind and warm treatment my daughter gets.

— Ana Barrientos

Our son Masen has attended Carmel Mountain Preschool for the last 1.5 years and our time there has been wonderful! We have been thrilled with the teachers, office staff, curriculum, extra-curricular activities and even the organic snacks. We have always been amazed at the work Masen brings home and know that he is getting a top-notch education in a very caring and loving environment. We look forward to our daughter Maleia going to CMP for the same experience. We couldn’t imagine our kids at any other preschool. We thank you CMP for all you do for us parents and our children.

— Erin & Damon LaCasella

I would recommend Carmel Mountain preschool to anyone who is nervous about putting their child into preschool at a young age. We started Luca at Carmel Mountain when he was 18 months. He is now 2.5 and it has been amazing watching him make new friends and grow to love his teachers. The activities that Class 6a does on a weekly basis are fun, nurturing, and educational. I’m amazed what he’s learning every day and love seeing him develop new skills or even come home singing a new song. Putting our son in Carmel Mountain preschool was one of the best decisions we made for his education and development.  Thank you!

— Lindsey Ricciardelli

Carmel Mountain Preschool has been a great experience for me and my family.  I feel so lucky that my daughter gets to go here, the teachers and staff are amazing!  I’ve never had a bad experience with anyone at this school, and my daughter enjoys her time here.  I especially appreciate the flexibility with scheduling, I’ve had to add days recently with very little notice and the staff here made sure to keep me updated on all openings until I got what I needed.  This school was recommended to me for good reason, and I recommend it to everyone who asks about preschools.

— Theresa Marek

We have been extremely happy with Carmel Mountain Preschool since our first daughter Lyla began attending five years ago. She is now in 1st grade and is thriving in a dual language program. Lyla also attended the CMP Preschool summer camp and looks forward to visiting the campus when she rides along with us to pick up or drop off her younger sister, Ariana, who is in her 3rd year at CMP.

Over the years, the staff at CMP have become an extended family. The girls feel very comfortable there…and we feel comfortable leaving them in their care. Every teacher that our daughters have had has been excellent. They aren’t just babysitting…they get their students prepared to be successful at the next level.

We have recommended CMP with confidence to our friends and family and feel fortunate that Lyla and Ariana were able to start their education in such a positive environment.

— Melissa Monzet

While my child’s time at CMP was brief (8 months), his experience in Pre-K made a lasting impact on not only him, but our family as well. When our son joined our family we knew that he needed extra help with his academic skills in order for him to be well prepared for kindergarten. After attending another preschool and feeling let down by their lack attention to our son’s needs, we were blessed to find CMP. Within a few weeks our son was thriving and receiving the support, attention, nurturing, and love that we were looking for. He frequently came home telling us about friendships he was making and concepts he was learning. It was clear that his love for learning was blossoming and we owe that to the staff at CMP. Not only did his teacher prepare him for kindergarten, but she, along with other staff members, continually encouraged, challenged, and cared for him on a daily basis. They were respectful of his background and our unique family situation. When I see how well our son is doing in kindergarten, I know that we owe a great deal to the staff at CMP. He was provided with a stable foundation that allowed him to grow and he continues to excel because of the positive experiences he had while at CMP. I would whole-heartedly, without a doubt recommend CMP to other families. No matter what circumstances may be facing your child(ren) and/or family, the staff at CMP will welcome you with open arms and provide the quality type of learning/care environment that your child deserves.

— Jamie Matthew

We are so grateful that our family discovered Carmel Mountain Preschool and that both of our daughters have been able to grow and thrive at CMP.  Our youngest still attends and “going to school” is always her favorite part of her day. Over the years we have gotten to know the faculty, staff and many fellow CMP children and parents, and feel very fortunate to be a part of the CMP family. The experiences for our daughter within the classroom, through social engagements, exploring and learning at the Glenn, and physical activity on the playgrounds clearly impact her academic, social and physical development.  We appreciate the regular communication from the faculty and staff on activities and photos and descriptions of the pedagogy and learning theory assist us in extending the learning and discussions at home.

While there are less expensive preschools, this is certainly a wise investment as the engagement, education and loving and supporting environment are priceless and the benefits are clearly visible in the growth and development of our children. Watching them run and hug teachers and staff only reinforces our appreciation for CMP. Thank you CMP for helping us give our girls such a great head start!

— Kristin & William O'Bannon

We are so happy that Hanna attends Carmel Mountain Preschool. I don’t think we could ask for more caring individuals to educate our little girl. Hanna simply adores Miss May and Miss Melissa, and whenever I take her to school, there are countless adults with whom my daughter feels a strong and positive connection. What more could a parent ask for? Oh, I guess that the environment is stimulating, encouraging, educational and all around wonderful? Well, Carmel Mountain Preschool embodies all of these things as well!

I would recommend CMPS to anyone who is seeking a joyful, creative, healthy school for their child to attend. I am so glad we chose Carmel Mountain Preschool!

— Rachel Berry

Damian LOVED the summer mini-camps at CMP! His big sisters are always telling him about their fun summer camp adventures, and he has been asking, “Mom, when do I get to go to summer camp?”  This year, I finally got to tell him, “This is your year!” All summer he proudly told his sisters about his fun camps: Hot Wheels, Space, Jurassic, Nature-Inspired Crafts, Famous Artists, and even Cheer Camp!

— Erin Castelloe

When we enrolled our oldest son to Carmel Mountain Preschool in 2008, we were anxious how he will feel in a new environment, if we will get a teacher who will be nurturing and understanding.

Soon after, we knew that it was the right choice. Everything was beyond our expectations, great security, excellent academic program (my son knew how to read well before entering kindergarten) with mix of music and a lot of art. Three playgrounds that are appropriate to the age and most of all teachers that are wonderful.

That was the reason why we came back with our twin boys. The system is the same. Every teacher is just excellent! Miss Kelly, who made them feel more safe when they started to attend to the preschool, Miss Marisol, who was always very understanding and kept open communication with us and Miss Christina who has a great balance of love, understanding at the same time is able to  teach the kids where the limits are. Every staff is always smiling, and willing to help. We love Carmel Mountain Preschool! No regrets!

— Dorota & Victor Wallenrod

“My Daughter loves attending Carmel Mountain Preschool, and we love having her there.  As a working Mom, CMP has been a life saver.  They have great hours so I can pick up my Daughter with my work schedule, and they communicate efficiently with what is coming up so I don’t miss anything.  They also care and treat my daughter with such warmth, kindness, and respect.  After 3 years, she is more than ready for Kindergarten and her Brother is going to excel once he starts preschool next fall.  I highly recommend this Preschool to anyone who is looking.  It takes a village to raise a child, and I am glad they are part of ours!

— The Mirafuentes Family

One of the best decisions we’ve made was having our girls go to Carmel Mountain Preschool. Our family has been with CMP for three years now and we feel very lucky to have found such an amazing preschool! The teachers really look at the individual child and help nurture their interests and strengths. Our oldest daughter just entered kindergarten this year and is performing above and beyond the standards of public school, thanks to CMP! Gina, Donna, and the rest of the staff have made our experience with preschool one to cherish always.

— Rachel Takara

I would recommend CMP to family and friends. This is our first year at CMP and I’ve been pleased overall with the two year old program. My daughter currently attends 2 times a week/full days. I think what has impressed me the most is the staff. All of them know my daughter’s name and have been very conscientious about her needs when I’ve requested them. They really emphasize reading which has been wonderful for my child, and learned the ABCs while at school – something I expected in the 3 year old program but not 2’s.

— Jordan Cole

Since we enrolled our daughter in the 2 year old program, we have loved every minute. With the guidance of her loving teachers, she has grown into such a wonderful, smart, kind and social child. Through the different activities, exercises and programs, she is exposed to learning in a structured, yet playful environment. I’ve really enjoyed all the family involvement and activities. While I can’t be with her during the day, I know she’s having the best time getting the best education. Everyone at CMP has taken the time and effort to know her and us. We are lucky to have found this as her first foundation of education.

— Jenna Leihua Langley

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