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The Garden Preschool

A natural and intimate preschool for children aged 2 to 5 years old

"The most precious jewels we can ever wear around our necks are the arms of our children."  

Located in beautiful Vista, CA. We serve all of San Diego's North County.

We are accepting open enrollment for preschool children from 2 to 5 years old in our half-day and full-day preschool programs for the summer and fall programs.

We encourage you to check our facebook page for the the most up to date events and photos!


Welcome to the Garden Preschool

A natural environment that cultivates wonder and a love for learning

We are situated on top of a mountain with views of beautiful sprawling hills. Our preschool is situated next to the Jewish Synagogue with a garden gated entrance. We have large expanses of shaded outdoor space with a natural playground surrounded by lush green mature trees.



We foster the growth of well-rounded children, instilling a love and desire for learning through nature, academics, socializing, independence, and fun. We do all of this in the context of plant life and caring. This is where the seeds of learning, love for diversity, curiosity and relationships are planted. It is in this safe, home-like place that we nurture the intense personal, social and academic growth that is early childhood. Using NAEYC (National Association for the Education of the Young Child) guidelines, we set up our program with excellence

Plant life, large outdoor area, natural light, shoes off and home-like, self-serve snack, washing of dishes, gardening, making streams, creating art, and building friendships : are all part of what we do and who we are. Children should feel a bit like home here. Welcome, at ease and lots of time to play.


Indoor Learning

Just as in the outdoors we can learn a lot, so do we in our indoor classroom! Boasting a strong early childhood approach to learning, The Garden experiences a wide variety of academic mediums which support the commitment of learning Kindergarten readiness skills. Writing their name, word recognition, writing letters and words, shape and color recognition, patterning and basic math are reinforced in each learning center as well as taught in circle time (group). The size, pace and interests of children are designed to put them at ease by giving freedom within an environment prepared with attractive materials. Pulling elements from Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf and Developmental Philosohpies : we use many ideas and methods to keep our classroom learning.

Circle times are fun gatherings so we can all be together. We have an opening learning circle, a Judaic circle and a closing circle. We love sharing our love for music and movement with the children. Children learn basic rhythm, how to use small instruments and memorize fun songs while feeling part of a family that loves them.



Jewish Circle Time

Our preschool is affiliated with the Chabad Jewish Center of Oceanside/Vista. We hope to instill a love and acceptance of diversity towards our human race. The children look forward to Judaic circle after they come in from the playground. This is a time where we sing cultural songs, teach Hebrew language and prepare puppet shows for their enjoyment. The teachings in these are intentionally simple and focus on kindness, giving to those in need, and caring for the earth.

The Garden Preschool serves the needs of all Jews and non-Jews, no matter their level of knowledge, observance or affiliation. All are welcome.

The Garden and Facilities

A natural environment that cultivates wonder and a love for learning

The sandbox outlined with tree stumps is designed for kid made small rivers to run through it. We have child-sized gardens for children to plant their own things and eat from it throughout the year. Our outdoor art area changes daily and usually involves adding something from nature. Our large covered areas for shade give children room to exercise comfortably and for long periods of time. Our tire balancing area is made from recycled tires of different sizes so that kids can practice developing their gross motor skills and use for a variety of imaginative games and nature exploring. Some tires we have out for kids to build their muscles and learn how momentum works.

The Garden outdoor environment is a work in progress as plants mature, fruit and vegetables are harvested, compost is made, and children suggest new items that we can add. A garden playground is all about seasons, ever changing but always fresh and full of life.


Located in Vista, CA and serving all of San Diego's North County.


School Holidays 2022-2023

July 5th : Summer Camp Begins

August 5th : Last Day of Camp

August 8th - 12th : Teacher In-service- No School

August 15th : First Day of School

September 5th : Labor Day - No School

September 26th & 27th : Rosh Hashana – No School*

October 5th : Yom Kippur - No School*

October 10th & 11th : Sukkot - No School *

October 17th & 18th : Simchat Torah - No School*

November 17th : Thanksgiving Luncheon 12 pm -1 pm

November 24th & 25th : Thanksgiving – No School

December 19th : Chanukah Celebration

December 26th – 30th : Winter Break - No School

February 1st : Gardening with Grandparents

February 20th : President’s Day – No School

March 7th : Purim Parade and Celebration

April 5th – 13th : Spring Break/Passover

April 14th : Teacher in Service – No School

May 11th : Muffins with Mom

May 26th : Shavuot Holiday–No School* - Shavuot Family Ice Cream Party 5:30 pm

May 29 th: Memorial Day – No School

June 1st : Donuts with Dad

June 15th : Last Day of School – End of Year Celebration 12:00 pm

June 26th : Camp Begins

*Make up days available please see Nechama for more details.

Preschool Program

The following are our programs for 2-5 year old preschool children

Half Day

8:30am to 12:30pm

Full Day                        Extended Day

8:30am to 3:30pm                7:30am to 5:30pm
                                                   *Friday till 4:00pm  


Now accepting open enrollment for 2-5 year olds!

To register, request a private tour or register for a group tour, or for pricing please contact the preschool director using the contact information below.

Contact Us

Nechama Greenberg

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 760.460.1233