After-School and Preschool Programs

Registration for the 2019/20 school year is available now!

San Mateo’s award-winning Building Blocks Preschool Program has been recognized as an outstanding program and we have a loyal following of San Mateo parents. We provide a safe, nurturing and creative environment for your child. For complete and detailed information on any of the preschool classes, see our Activity Guide. 

Our preschool program benefits include: 

  • Building Block approach: The structure of our program provides a stable and continuous learning environment for your child from ages 1.5 to five years.
  • Highly qualified teachers: Our professional preschool teachers are educated in early childhood development.
  • Low teacher-child ratios: There are no more than 8 children per teacher.
  • Great value: Building Blocks Preschool is moderately priced to be accessible to all.
  • Multiple locations: Programs are located at four facilities for your convenience.

Registration Information

Parent Packet

Required Paperwork

Preschool Classes 

Block A: Parent & Child (Ages 8 months – 2 years)

You and your child can explore preschool together in this first step of our building blocks program. The classes are a fun time to get your little one used to the idea of preschool with singing, sharing, and arts and crafts. The classes focus on: 

  • Reinforcing parents as teachers.
  • Building socialization skills.

Block B: Friends & Me (Ages 2 – 3.3 years)
This class is for little ones who are ready to explore school on their own, but are not yet toilet-trained. Friends & Me focuses on: 

  • Exploration with a teacher.
  • Fostering independence.
  • Easing separation anxiety through self-fulfilling activities.
  • Continued building of movement and social skills.
  • Low ratio - six students per teacher.

Block C: Tiny Tots (Ages 3 – 4 years) - potty training required

This class is the next step after Friends and Me and is designed for toilet-trained children. It provides a vibrant and nurturing environment for your child to develop: 

  • Social and cognitive skills.
  • Gross motor and fine motor skills.
  • Pre-academic concepts such as the alphabet, colors, phonics and numbers.

Block D: Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4 – 5 years)

This last program in our series and is designed as a transition to kindergarten. Pre-kindergarten focuses on:

  • Continued development of social skills and building self esteem.
  • Providing a more structured environment in preparation for kindergarten.
  • Incorporating state recommended academic benchmarks.
  • Creating a safe setting to develop age-appropriate skills.

Fee Assistance
We offer fee assistance for qualifying San Mateo residents.