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Our School

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 over twenty five 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.

Our Philosophy

Come from kindness, learn from play.

Parent Participation

We believe that parent participation is a key ingredient to the success of our school. The younger the child, the more important the bridge and bond between home and school. There is time for Family Cooking. Time for sharing family traditions, rituals and hobbies. Telling our stories to one another is another essential tradition in our school and crucial as we work together towards developing a sense of belonging and how to be a citizen of the world.

We provide opportunities for busy parents with busy schedules. We believe if there is a will, there is a way. We welcome parents, grandparents and special friends; they too are an integral part of daily life at 10th Street. This rich sharing, bringing the outside into our Red Door is the frosting on the cake.

Community Service

Each year, 10th Street families make a positive impact within the preschool and the Santa Monica community at large. Our Scholarship Fund has served over 300 families and granted almost 2 million dollars, enables us to increase the social and economic diversity of our school while making a lasting difference in all of our lives.

Our Founder

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-five 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.

Best wishes,

Cindy

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Our Staff

Lacie

Assistant Director

I am a small town girl from Indiana – 600 people to be exact. After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Child Development, I moved to Chicago where I worked with preschool age children in the capacity as both teacher and administrator and attended Erikson Institute, a graduate school in child development. In 2012, I was offered a wonderful opportunity to relocate as a preschool director which brought me out to sunny California. My passion for working with children and families started at a young age and has continued to evolve throughout my professional career. I am excited to call 10th Street my new home and am thrilled to be a part of your preschool experience!
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Heather

Little School Teacher

I first came to 10th Street as a parent in 2011, when my oldest son and I moved to Los Angeles from my family’s small Indian Reservation in Northern California. It’s easy to see now that 10th Street was our first home away from home. The teachers and families who welcomed us into the community played a huge part in our transition to our new life here. It was in my participation as a parent-volunteer that I fell in love with teaching preschool aged children and decided to return to school myself to pursue an ECE degree. It made sense of course, to then join the wonderful team of teachers who I’d come to love and trust with the development of my own children, and I am delighted to be teaching in the wonderful environment that is 10th Street Preschool

Anna

Little School Teacher

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with the way children learn and develop. So, imagine the joy I felt when I learned that I could turn my passion into a career. My journey working with children started over 10 years ago when I began volunteering at an elementary school next door to my high school. Fast-forward 8 years later, I graduated from Cal State Northridge with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development and started working as a preschool teacher. I was lucky enough to find this gem, 10th Street Preschool, where I can continue doing what I love most as I pursue a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology.

Joey

Preschool, JPK and Boy's Club Teacher

I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Psychology. Upon graduation, and unsure which career direction to pursue, I took my mother’s suggestion (a preschool Administrative Assistant) and began working in her preschool. After that summer, I fell in love with the profession. I returned to school to complete my Early Childhood Education training and feel fortunate to have been working in this wonderful field ever since.. and all on the Westside! I am excited to bring my enthusiasm for teaching and genuine passion to the children to 10th Street.

Maria

Preschool, Pre-K and Confidence Club Teacher

Hello, my name is Maria and I am excited to join the 10th Street community. I am currently pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Child Development and Family Therapy. My passion for working with children began 12 years ago and has only grown with every rewarding experience. I love letting the learning happen organically and purposefully. I learn from my students as they do from me.

Yoni

Preschool, JPK and Handwriting Without Tears Teacher

Hello! My name is Jonathan and everyone calls me Yoni, which simply means Jon in Hebrew. I began working with children with special needs when I was 19 and soon realized I had a talent for helping children attain their full potential. I received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a specialization in Neuromuscular Science and began working as a Behavioral Therapist. My other passions are travel and food. My travels have been mainly focused on food and bringing back the specialties of each unique place I’ve been. I plan to bring my joy of cooking into the 10th Street Preschool Kitchen.

Julie

Preschool Teacher

I have always been drawn to the early childhood field. I love watching young students learn new skills and integrate that knowledge into new aspects of their lives. I obtained a Bachelors degree in Family and Child Studies with a concentration in Applied Child Development in 2008. Since then I have gained experience in preschool classrooms as a lead teacher as well as my most recent experience as an Assistant Director of a private preschool in Nashville, TN. With my experiences, I hope to create a well-rounded, fun, educational atmosphere for the families that I will cross paths with. “

Leticia

Preschool Teacher

I am a credentialed preschool teacher with 14years+ experience. I believe in play- based preschool!. I was born in El Salvador and I have two daughters, one in high school and the other in graduate school. I love to dance, practice yoga, and work in the garden. I am thrilled to be part of the wonderful community at 10th St. Preschool and look forward to meeting each and every one of you. Please call me Lety!

Karen

Music Speciality

I believe that music is a basic human right of every child. Music time is rich with possibilities – It is an important modality of learning and of inspiring joy, creativity, self-expression and community. Oh, and did I mention, music time is a ton of fun! I have a master’s degree in social work and several years of experience working with toddlers, preschoolers and their families. Music has always been a huge part of my life. I’ve been a dancer for forever and the ukulele is my current pet instrument. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share my passion for music with the children at 10th Street Preschool!