Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am to 6:00pm Closed: New Year’s, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (Thursday/Friday), ...but open almost every other day!
Play-based. Earth- and Kid-Friendly. Flexible.
We believe if children -- who are naturally capable, self-motivated learners -- are in a well-designed, natural environment in the hands of talented and passionate teachers, they will thrive and grow to their unique potential. Read more about our methods and materials in Our Philosophy.
Maria Rodriguez, Director
Maria is a gifted Early Childhood educator. She supports and partners with families to encourage each child's unique social, emotional and intellectual growth through their natural play and bright curiosities. In addition to her leadership role at Toddle, Maria provides workshops in Early Childhood Education to preschool programs around the Bay Area. Previously, Maria was the Education Coordinator at Genentech's Second Generation where she developed curriculum and trained and mentored the teaching team.
Samantha Pon, Teacher
Samantha discovered her love of teaching children as a Lead Team Member at My Gym in San Carlos. Her passion for guiding children through their early years of development has led her to continue her pursuit of Early Childhood Education at Skyline and Cerro Cosa Colleges. As Samantha says, "When you do what you love doing AND get rewarded with hugs, how can this feel like a job?"
With five children between them, Amy Burnett and Heather Hopkins know firsthand the importance of a high-quality early learning experience. They're thrilled to have brought to their community a top-notch program that also provides flexibility for families. Amy and Heather are also dedicated to building an environment in which educators are supported and energized to thrive in their chosen field, both at Toddle and beyond.
In addition to their time at Toddle, Amy and Heather are active community volunteers with nonprofits including My New Red Shoes (which Heather founded in 2006), the Fit Kids Foundation, and There with Care.