Located on the Farallone View Elementary School campus, our Montara Preschool is open from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., with both part day/part week and full-time preschool options. This center serves children ages 2.5-5 years.
The Montara preschool has a variety of indoor learning centers: art, dramatic play, building/blocks, math/manipulative materials, and literacy. The outdoor space at our Montara preschool features two sections. One space is a traditional playground with a climbing structure, sandbox, pathway for tricycles/vehicles, and art fence. The second space is re-imagined every several months by the children, who reconfigure the stumps, gardens, composting, and balance beam. We also have the beautiful HEAL Project Garden located next to our site.
We base our program on the Emergent philosophy of teaching and curriculum planning, which focuses on being responsive to childrens' interests by creating meaningful learning experiences.
Emergent programs prioritize active participation, relationship building, flexible methods, inquiry and play-based learning. CCP teachers introduce students to new concepts (examples include caterpillars, deep oceans, farming) with the goals of inspiring a love of learning. Teachers then skillfully create opportunities for children to learn more about the topics that interest the children the most.
Assistant Director: Shannan Gotschall
Shannan has her Associate's degree in Child Development and her Site Supervisor Permit with California teacher credentialing. She is one of our founding Montara preschool teachers! Before joining CCP, Shannan owned her own family child care center and has worked with infants and toddlers for many years. She believes the best part of CCP is working with the children and watching their creativity grow. Shannan enjoys getting to know all the parents and their family members.
Teacher: Alma Aguilar
Alma has over 24 Early Childhood Education Units and is close to receiving her Teacher Permit from California teacher credentialing as she continues to take college- level child development coursework. She enjoys working with the children because they don't judge others and they appreciate people as they are. Alma loves to learn and explore with her groups, and enjoys being part of the CCP team because it's a place that values diversity and where every family is treated equally.
Teacher: Christy Halloran
Christy comes to us with nearly twenty years of experience in education working with both preschoolers and children with special needs. Christy enjoys inspiring curiosity in her students with fun science experiments and teaching them to explore and think critically. She's currently working toward her Site Supervisor permit. Christy works also works with our HMB preschoolers in the morning.
Full tuition sheets found here.
*Hourly equivalent is $7.68/hour if attending only 8 hours per day. 244 days of operation per year. Two snacks and lunch included.
Contact the Preschool:
Mary Brisebois, Site Supervisor
1100 Le Conte St (Farallone View Elementary campus)
Shannan Gotschall, Assistant Director
Site Supervisor: Mary Brisebois
Mary has been with Coastside Children’s Programs for more than 15 years and has been a teacher, Assistant Director and now a Site Supervisor for the agency. She holds her A.A. Degree in Early Childhood Education and her Site Supervisor Permit with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. From the time her daughter started in kindergarten, she has been active in the classroom, a Girl Scout leader for 4 years and guidance counselor in the 4-H Horse program for 4 years. Mary enjoys working with children, especially experiencing their incredible imagination and hearing stories that make her smile. Taking walks with her dogs on the beach, or the many trails around El Granada, are her favorite things to do when she's not teaching.
Teacher: Mariela Flores
Mariela has her Associate Teacher Permit with California teacher credentialing and is continuing to take college coursework in early childhood education. She enjoys working with children at CCP because she gets to learn from them as they learn from her. Mariela loves watching them grow and seeing them smile. Every day, the children put a smile on her face.