Serving Our San Marino, California Community Since 1952.

At San Marino Congregational Preschool, we believe that children develop at their own pace. It is our job, as early childhood professionals, to provide a program which encourages this natural unfolding process for each child. The best way to do this is by providing a well rounded program using open ended materials with a multitude of hands on experiences. We provide a child centered curriculum in which a child can grow to be a well rounded individual . We focus on providing opportunitities for the child to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. We put a high value on each child’s individuality and creativity. Our preschool strives to prepare children for future successful school life by helping them learn to solve problems, get along with others, communicate effectivly and develop confidence.

Our Programs

The curriculum we use addresses four major learning areas: Social/Emotional, physical, cognitive and language development. Each area is introduced to the children through play and exploration in learning centers.

Our Mission

We are dedicated to providing preschool aged children with a safe nurturing environment which allows the children to embrace diversity and grow socially, emotionally, creatively and intellectually at their own pace.

Director & Staff

Our Director is Ms. Janet Beaulieu. The Assistant Director and Lead Preschool Teacher in the PreK class is Ms. Avelinda Stewart. Ms. Phyllis Meacham leads our 3 yr. old class and Ms Vanessa Gallardo leads our 2 yr. old class.


My youngest son just ended his time here as a preschooler and spent the last 3 years here. This preschool was a Godsend after he got kicked out for crying too much. The whole staff teachers and director were so caring and nurturing. They helped him to adjust with transitioning to a new school and he came out of his time there confident and enjoyed learning. We will miss our time here but will not forget. Some great memories were made!!

Esther P.
South Pasadena, CA

Our nephews went here for preschool and loved it! We’ve sent our little guy here when he turned 2 years old and he’s been at this school for 3 months now and we LOVE this school! At first, he cried (like most do) but like other parents have said, the environment is so loving and nurturing as well as fun and educational that after 2 weeks, our son was running and looking forward to going to school! Ms Vanessa and Mr Yonnan are sweet teachers who’ve helped our son with this transition period. And Ms Janet, the school director, is the best! Ms Janet is witty, fun, understanding, loving and her open arms approach is what makes the school the magical place it is! Our son is so happy to go to school! In the short time that he’s been there, we already noticed an improvement in his vocabulary, spelling and artistic side – he loves to sing and dance! It’s been great fun seeing him grow intellectually in a nurturing environment! Many thanks to a great staff team! We highly recommend this great preschool!

Anh L.
Temple City, CA

We LOVE this preschool! My 3 kids (oldest is 19, youngest currently there). It’s a small family oriented preschool with all the good stuff! Just enough academics and lots if fun! The teachers are very smart and nurturing! AM care at 8:30 and extended day from 12-3 PM with the legendary Miss Avelinda!

Andie T.
Pasadena, CA

My husband and I have been sending our daughter here for a couple of years now and we couldn’t be happier. This is our daughter’s first school experience and it has been a positive one. She loves the teachers and so do we. Ms. Avelinda and Mr. Yonnan are doing a great job of preparing our daughter for kindergarten. She has learned so much since starting preschool. We wanted our daughter to start off with a good, solid foundation as far as her education went and this school has done that and more.

Lila K.
Montebello, CA