"Phoebe Hearst is a unique and special place where our daughter has come into herself securely and confidently. At its core, the school understands social, emotional and psychological development, which is reflected not only in the classroom, but also in how the greater community comes together inclusively. As a family, we have felt at home being ourselves amongst others similar and different and have made true friends. Irene and the teachers have worked with us as a team to support us and our daughter in her growth, including through the kindergarten application process. Now we see our daughter feel good about who she is and feeling ready for her next steps in life."
"Our two daughters attend Phoebe Hearst and we cannot say enough great things about the school and the wonderful teachers that work there. They are so dedicated, kind, engaging and creative. The school brings an element of fun into learning whether it be art, nature, music, learning about different cultures, as well as getting a strong foundation in letters and numbers. Our girls love going to school and are always so excited to bring home their arts and crafts and tell us about the amazing adventures they have had throughout the day. Our eldest daughter will be going to Kindergarten this year and Phoebe Hearst has prepared her well. She is a happy, bubbly, inquisitive and confident little girl. We are thankful that our younger daughter will have two more years at the school. Phoebe Hearst is a magical place that enriches the lives of the children who attend and gives them a solid foundation for Kindergarten!"
"We feel so lucky to be a part of this art-based, play-based preschool where childhood, imagination, creativity, and personality are honored. Because of Phoebe Hearst, our daughter has grown so much socially, emotionally, and even academically despite some trying times with the loss of several beloved family members on the personal front. We are grateful for the stellar career teachers and staff; warm, nurturing, and child-centered environment; nourishing food program; and truly extensive pre-kindergarten developmental support services. The parent community is kind, diverse, down-to-earth, and comes together without reservation or hesitation to help each other in times of need. Our daughter has built real friendships even at such a young age (and so have we - with families) that we hope will last a lifetime. My only regret is that at the end of our three year journey, we will not have any younger kids to continue sending to Phoebe. Word of caution: be prepared for the avalanche of mixed media artwork and paint-stained clothes that your budding artist/maker will bring home for three years!"
"We are extremely satisfied with and feel lucky to have our child attend Phoebe Hearst Preschool. From the beginning, it was clear that Irene and the staff are pros. They simply know what to do to help children progress through early childhood. They foster curiosity, cooperation, creativity, emotional self-regulation, and fun. Added bonuses are the food preparation for the kids, the down-to-earth parent community, and the availability of extended hours. There is nothing more important to us than the welfare, emotional and intellectual growth, and early experiences of our child. For this reason, we feel that putting our trust in the staff at Phoebe Hearst has been one of our best decisions. Our child is happy and looks forward to going to school each day."
"Phoebe Hearst has been the perfect pre-school for us and our two daughters. The best part of the school, without a doubt, is the inspired educators and professionals that comprise the staff. This is reflected in the low turnover amongst the staff; during our 6 years at the school almost the entire staff has remained intact. The large, purpose-built space allows the school to include perks like catered lunches and on-site enrichment (trapeze, music, yoga and art classes) for the students - which we appreciate immensely as two full-time working parents. Finally, we love the diverse, engaged parent and student community that make up the school - we expect many of these friends will be lifelong friends!"