Readers' Choice Mountain View: Preschools

You get to pick: What's the best preschool in Mountain View?

Where to send their toddlers to preschool is one of the most important decisions faced by young parents.

Studies have shown that early childhood education programs help youngsters be better prepared for kindergarten. 

In Mountain View, we're fortunate to have a good selection of excellent preschools that accept children as young as 3 and 4 years old, with flexible schedules such as just a few hours a day and as often as five times a week.

Today we hope you, our valued reader, will help us rate the preschools listed in this article and in the poll to make the selection a little easier for our local moms and dads.

We also hope you'll click on the links provided here to rate the preschools on their Patch Places listings and even leave a review, if you're so inclined.

So which one is it going to be?

Because our poll isn't scientific, it won't be the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor, who will base their decision on the poll results, ratings, reviews and comments. Readers are asked to please vote only once per survey, per Patch site.

Voting in the poll below is open until 9 a.m. Friday. Winner will announced at noon Friday and will receive a "Patch Best Of 2012" certificate.

H March 07, 2012 at 03:38 AM
I live in Mountain View, but I've sent 2 kids to Los Altos Parent Preschool...and we love it! I had never heard of co-op preschools until I happened upon this one, and I'm so very glad I did. The teachers, staff and parents make up a wonderfully nurturing and supportive community of families. I have made life long friends here! The level of devotion by these teachers and the amazing developmentally appropriate curriculum they have created continually amazes me. Not only am I happy with what my children are learning, but I'm also learning to become a better parent.
Shanon Pestrong March 07, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Los Altos Parent Preschool is fortunate enough to comprise half of it's population from Los Altos and the other half from Mountain View. We are serving both communities equally, hence why we are on both polls. My two children have both gone to Los Altos Parent Preschool and it has served as a seamless gateway into their elementary school process. I could not be happier with their preschool experience.
Anne Finstad March 07, 2012 at 05:05 AM
We love LAAP. Our daughter is thriving in the program and we will go back next year. Great curriculum and wonderful teachers. We couldn't be happier.
Amy Harley March 07, 2012 at 07:18 AM
I think comparing drop off preschool programs to co-op programs is like comparing apples to oranges since the experience is so different. From the list of drop off programs, I would highly recommend St. Timothy's Preschool. It's a play-based program so the children are free to explore, but there is still a daily structure with circle time and art or cooking projects. I love that it's a small program with small class sizes. The teachers are wonderful and have been there a long time! My daughter always loves going to school and is so happy when I pick her up. That says a lot!
Wesley Ni March 08, 2012 at 06:59 PM
We love St Paul Lutheran Church CDC. The teachers are very competent, gentle, and caring. It is a small school and the teacher-student ratio is fantastic. There are groups according to age. The principal/director Ms Jill Clapp has a firm yet gentle leadership of the children, and the staff are trained in the Montessori methods and philosophy. We are not Lutherans and we don't feel there is any overt evangelizing. It is a very well run and highly recommended preschool.


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