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Welcome to the San Carlos School District SMART-E Preschool Program. We offer a developmental, play-based, multi-sensory learning environment, with multi-age groupings for children aged three (by September 1st) through five years. We currently have four programs: full day (7:30am – 5:30pm) and morning (9am – 12pm). We have a full day class at Heather Elementary School, White Oaks Elementary School and two at Brittan Acres Elementary School. Our morning class is located at Heather Elementary School. We are open Monday through Friday. Our school is open to children residing within the San Carlos School District boundary and the surrounding community (with priority placement given to SCSD families).


San Carlos School District Preschool is built on the principle that children learn best through play!  In our rich, developmentally appropriate environment, positive self-identities and proactive communication skills develop through hands-on experiences.  As children engage in multi-sensory activities they are involved in experiences which build awareness of varied viewpoints.  Children are encouraged to explore, invent, and discover ways to create their own unique understanding of the world.  We also value family traditions and family involvement in the ongoing education of young children.  We believe in building a strong community through mutual respect, cooperation, understanding, and open communication.


We follow Developmentally Appropriate Practice, which is a guideline for educators designed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It is a guideline for maintaining a high quality program. The basics of these guidelines are as follows:

  • Curriculum is based on knowledge of how children learn.
  • Activities and learning experiences reflect concepts and ideas that are relevant to the child’s world.
  • Teachers understand the sequence of development, and that children develop at their own, unique rate.
  • Individual and cultural variation is celebrated.
  • Teachers provide many opportunities for children to work in small groups to practice problem solving.
  • Teachers provide opportunities for children to choose their own activities from varied learning areas based on program goals and information teachers have collected about each child.


We will begin accepting pre-registration forms for the 2017-2018 preschool year starting October 1, 2016. If you are interested in applying, please fill out either Full Day Pre-Registration form White Oaks, Full Day Pre-Registration form Heather, Full Day Pre-Registration form for Brittan Acres , Morning Class Pre-Registration form Heather, Full Day Pre-Registration form for Arundel along with proof of San Carlos residency, and return it by February 10, 2017 to:

Heather Preschool, 2757 Melendy Dr.
, San Carlos, CA 94070

School Phone at Heather Preschool: 650-654-7646

Brittan Acres Preschool, 2000 Belle Ave., San Carlos, CA 94070

School Phone at Brittan Acres Preschool: #1: 650-508-7330, #2: 650-597-1329

White Oaks Preschool, 1901 White Oak Way, San Carlos, CA 94070

School Phone at White Oaks Preschool: 650-632-8090

If you have any questions, please email Sue Dawley.

In the event that we have more applicants that we have spaces for, we will hold a lottery to determine preschool placement and will begin notifying families shortly thereafter. Applicants will be notified by March 1st, based on the results of the lottery.


SCSD Preschool Handbook 2016-17

Holiday Schedule 2016-17 – Full Day

SCSD Preschool Tuition



Susan Dawley, Director San Carlos School District Preschools

Susan received her BA in Child Development and has been working with children and families for the past 29 years as a Preschool Teacher, Director and Parent Educator.  Young children and families are her passion.  Helping families navigate parenting is one of her favorite things to do.  Watching children explore and learn during these early years is never dull!  The preschool program that has been developed by Sue and her staff reflect the joy of learning that every young child should experience during these early years.

Effie Hejazi – Teacher Heather Preschool 

Effie is originally from Iran. She has two grown children of her own and over 20 years of experience working with children in schools. She worked as an elementary school teacher while living in Iran. In America, she has worked for 16 years as a preschool teacher at St. Matthias in RWC, CA. She has many certifications, including early childhood education and child development from Canada College in Redwood City. In her free time she enjoys reading, walking my dog, Pucci, and swimming. Her educational philosophy centers on the fact that teachers play a significant role in society in order to guide children on a path to success. Through her love for children and education, she believes she has played a significant role in many children’s educational and overall life developments.

Jeannine Solis – Lead Supervisor White Oaks Preschool

Jeannine has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and is passionate about working with children. She has worked with infants through Pre-K and enjoys being a part of this important time in children’s growth and development.

Rosemary Freitas-Teacher Heather Preschool

Rosemary has been working with children from preschool age to school age for the past 20 years. She has her Early Childhood Education degree from Canada College and looks forward to expanding her education in the near future. Rosemary feels lucky to spend her days with so many wonderful little personalities as they play and learn together. In her free time, Rosemary enjoys reading, baking, riding bikes and walking on the coastal trails.

Jessica Damian-Teacher Heather Preschool


Jessica is working toward her BA in Early Childhood Education. She is currently taking ECE classes and has 7 years experience working with children. Jessica speaks Spanish and loves teaching the children in our classroom Spanish words. She loves working with children and seeing them grow. She is open to learning new things every day. Jessica is the proud mother of two daughters.

Michelle Lau – Teacher Heather Preschool

Michelle has been working with young children for six years, specifically at Heather Preschool for the last two. She is currently working toward receiving her Early Childhood Education certificate as well as her A.A. Degree. Michelle thoroughly loves the work she does with children. They continually bring joy and laughter to her days at work.

Monica Houman – Teacher Brittan Acres Preschool

Monica has been working with children for the last 29 years. Her experience includes work in a Montessori setting, a Reggio Emilia setting and work with children who have had sensory issues. Monica has also worked with high school students with special needs and has helped them get set up with jobs in the community. She spent 5 years working with preschoolers in the San Francisco School District and has been with the San Carlos School District for the last 2 years. Monica has a love for education and continually works on furthering her educational experience. Monica’s native language is Spanish so we have the benefit of her teaching Spanish to the children every morning in our Spanish Circle Time.

Linda Leibovich – Teacher Brittan Acres Preschool

Linda has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Scripps College. Post graduation, she studied textile design and worked in the design field before starting her family. Linda is the mother to two sons and one daughter and feels very fortunate that she was able to spend many hours volunteering in her children’s classrooms here in San Carlos. Passion for educating young children led her to complete her certificate degree in Early Childhood Education. Linda believes in the uniqueness of each child and in creating a stimulating and welcoming environment where all children can thrive.  Following two years of teaching preschool at the PJCC in Foster City, Linda is happy to call the San Carlos School District Preschool her new home.

Jill Davino – Teacher Heather Preschool

I have worked with children since 1992. I began teaching in the year 2000. I came to Brittan Acres after 14 years of teaching in Burlingame. I began substituting last year for the San Carlos School District and then became a part of their team permanently in June 2015. I graduated from Cal State University, Hayward in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Therapeutic Recreation (working with people with developmental disabilities). I went back to school to study Early Childhood Education. My philosophy is that each child has their own learning style and when it is assessed, the teacher will help them succeed.  Effective learning requires communication between teacher, student, and parents. Learning thrives in a positive, safe environment.  I am happily married with three children.  I have one daughter, 24, and two sons, 22 and 17.

Katie Cornell – Teacher Brittan Acres Preschool

Katie lives in San Mateo with her mom, cat and 3 dogs.  She is the youngest of 4 children in her family.  Her older brothers all have children giving Katie lots of fun aunt time.  Katie has been working with children of all ages for 15 years.  She went to San Jose State University and De Anza College to complete her units in Child Development.  Katie enjoys spending time with her mom on the weekends as well as going to baseball and football games with her brothers or just spending time with their families.  She also enjoys her pets and going to music festivals.  Katie understands that children learn best when they experience things on their own and use their imaginations.

Desola Amos – Teacher Brittan Acres Preschool

Desola was born in England and raised in Nigeria.  She migrated to the United States in 1986 to be married to her husband.  She and her husband have raised 5 girls and 1 boy.  Diesel received her degree in Sociology and Psychology in 1984.  She continued her education in 2000 in the field of education. She has been teaching for the past 15 years.  In her free time, Desola loves to read and knit.

Monika Skinner – Teacher Brittan Acres Preschool

Monika is currently attending San Francisco State University, studying Child and Adolescent Development and Special Education.  Monica loves children and works hard at understanding them to encourage them in their development and education.  Monica enjoys swimming, rain or shine, playing piano and spending time with family in her free time.