10th Street Preschool is founded by childhood development expert, Cindy Wasson, who has over 40+ years of experience. Nestled in a residential enclave in Santa Monica, 10th Street Preschool has been one of Southern California’s leading preschools for 30 years.
Formerly owned by Hal Ashby and his family, our campus, just a few miles from the ocean, includes historic craftsman bungalows, lush flowers, and expansive, vibrant murals by Peter and Nancy Turner-Alvet.
As a mother of two adults and an educator for over 40 years, I know that all children learn in unique ways. At 10th Street Preschool, our goal is to nourish each child and each family, individually, and meet their changing social and emotional needs every day. Our guiding philosophy is love. We are comfortable including classic positive proven pedagogies to help grow each child. Children learn best when they are engaged in meaningful, mixed-age play. Whether in the sandbox, pretend room, art bungalow, or play yard the girls and boys of 10th Street achieve cognitive, physical, and psychosocial well-being. That’s when we know our children are ready to walk out of our Red Door and into the new door of their elementary school. Eager, confident, curious and kind. Our twenty-nine year history of placing students locally and nationally in the most respected elementary schools—from the most traditional to the most progressive—attests to their readiness.
I invite you to browse our website, visit our preschool to feel the magic and meet our alumni to learn more about our early childhood programs. I hope you will discover your home away from home at 10th Street Preschool and look forward to your family joining ours.