We provide a loving, supportive, and educational environment that promotes a lifelong love of learning

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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 which offers a variety of developmental and fun activities for preschool students in San Diego.

COVID Procedures

Here at Carmel Mountain Preschool, we are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy school environment and provide your children with the very best in learning. We closely follow the state and local guidelines to ensure our children and staff stay healthy and protected.

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

“Our pre-school experience at CMP could not have been any better. The school is full of love, laughs and embraces a true passion for bettering children. We feel lucky to be part of the CMP Family!” — Neesha and Amar Desai

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