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Discover Stella Piccolo Preschool

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the 2024-25 School Year

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Stella Piccolo Preschool

Explore & Learn

Stella Piccolo is a nurturing play based preschool program serving 2 ½ - to 5 - year-old children.  Our goal is to provide a positive environment where belonging and respect facilitate curiosity and active, hands-on learning.  At Stella Piccolo, children explore their thoughtfully planned play environment where they engage in active learning, explore individual interests, and build developmentally appropriate skills.  In turn, Stella Piccolo teachers are partners in the children’s learning by observing, planning, and facilitating experiences based upon children’s interests and needs while ensuring children build skills across areas of development including language and communication, social skills, gross and fine motor development, problem solving and academics.  The relationship that develops between the child and teacher results in children feeling supported and in control of their learning and developing confidence, independence, and responsibility.


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

Children's creative art projects with their handprint

Arts & Crafts

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

Results of children playing with blocks

Construction & Building

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

Reasoning and thinking on how to build a creative tower of cups

Reasoning & Thinking

Puzzles, beads, gears, sewing cards, pattern blocks

Children dressed up for dramatic play

Dramatic Play

Dress-up clothes, dolls, kitchen & housekeeping

Children doing their favorite activity, reading books


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

What is school without a wonderful playground for outdoor play

Outdoor Play

Tricycles, climbing structures, sand, balls, chalk

Healthy and nutritional snacks for kids every day


Provided daily

Sensory exploration with a mixing table is very important in early childhood development


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 2 1/2 years old.  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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