Our Philosophy

Founded in 1951 in Marin County, Ross Valley Nursery School offers preschool and pre-kindergarten classes for three-, four-, and five-year-olds. Our Junior, Senior, and Pre-K classes are designed to meet the growing needs of each specific age group as well as each child’s individual needs. 

Bringing years of experience to the classroom, our devoted teachers foster a nurturing environment created expressly for young children. Under their caring and thoughtful guidance, children develop positive self-esteem, grow in independence and confidence, learn to give and take turns, learn to get along with others, experience success, and develop self-control.

Our play-based approach to early childhood education emphasizes social and emotional development, dramatic play, creative expression, intellectual development, group relationships, and growth of physical abilities. Under the trained guidance of our exceptional teachers, children have the opportunity to learn, grow, and explore at their own pace.


Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play IS serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
— Fred Rogers