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Discover Stella Piccolo Preschool


School Starts Sept 5th, 2023

Check Out Our New Location at Hillsdale High School's Child Development Lab


Stella Piccolo Preschool

Explore & Learn

At Stella Piccolo Preschool our goal is to provide a positive environment where belonging and respect facilitate curiosity and active learning.  Children explore their environment through a carefully planned play atmosphere. As a result, our students focus on individual interests and skills at a developmentally appropriate level.

Additionally, Stella Piccolo is inspired by the High/Scope ® educational approach as a guide to ensure children develop skills in areas of academics, communication, social and motor development.  High/Scope ® is an active learning approach to education focusing on children’s interests & choices. 

Using the daily “plan-do-review” process, children plan some of their own activities, carry them out, and then share what they have done as well as what they have learned with others. Independence, responsibility, and confidence are important skills facilitated in our classroom.


Our Philosophy

At Stella Piccolo we believe that children are active participants in their learning, and we strive to support them within our developmentally appropriate and child-centered approach.  We are dedicated to meeting children at their own level in a positive environment in which children and adults feel a sense of belonging, each child's development is carefully supported, and a love of learning is continuously demonstrated.


Learning Experiences


Arts & Crafts

Playdough©, painting, collage materials, & sensory experiences (shaving cream, flour, corn starch, etc.)


Construction & Building

Legos©, trains, blocks, marble mazes and a “supporting cast” of animals, people, cars & trucks


Reasoning & Thinking

Puzzles, beads, gears, sewing cards, pattern blocks


Dramatic Play

Dress-up clothes, dolls, kitchen & housekeeping



Favorites "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom", "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?", "I Stink", and "Next, Please" are a few titles to choose from within a large selection of children’s books


Outdoor Play

Tricycles, climbing structures, sand, balls, chalk



Provided daily



Sensory exploration

Contact Us

Stella Piccolo Preschool is licensed by California Community Care Licensing.

License# 414005037

Classes are offered from 9am - 12 noon or 9am - 1pm (12-1pm for lunch) with three options:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Monday - Thursday

Monday - Friday

A one hour lunch option is offered daily.

Admission Policy: 

To be eligible for enrollment, children must be 3 years old.  Children who turn three by December 1 of their year of enrollment may join at the beginning of the school year in September.  Children must be toilet trained and their physician must certify good health upon admission as well as proof of state required immunizations. We accept children regardless of race, religion, nationality, or ethnic origin.


To Enroll: 

Applications are accepted beginning January 1st for the upcoming school year.  Complete and return the application form along with a $50.00 application fee.  Students currently enrolled and alumni siblings have priority enrollment; remaining spaces are filled on a "first come" basis. 

Upon acceptance of your application a tuition agreement will be mailed to you. Your child’s place will be secured when the completed agreement and retainer for the last month of attendance is returned to Stella Piccolo.  The retainer may be applied to May tuition.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The $50.00 application fee is not refundable

Interested in learning more about Stella Piccolo Preschool? Please feel free to get in touch and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

3115 Del Monte St., San Mateo, CA  94403

(650) 804-5923

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