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.
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 home and am thrilled to be a part of your preschool experience!
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.
My passion for working with children began 15 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. I love our 10th Street Community and especially proud to be our PreK teacher. I am also earning my degree in Child Development and Family Therapy.
Hello! My name is Lizeth, I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and I am excited to belong to the 10th Street community. I earned my Degree in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State and have been a child care provider and teacher for children ages 4 months – 6-year olds.
I am passionate about working with young children. My preschool teacher impacted my life and I want to do the same for my students!