Michael Lane Preschool

★★★★★
  • 682 Michael Ln

    Lafayette, CA 94549

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  • 925-284-7244

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9 a.m. to noon with an option for lunch until 1 p.m.

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There aren't enough words to describe how wonderful Michael Lane Preschool is. It's a hidden gem of a school tucked away in Burton Valley, where kids get to be kids in a safe, nurturing, creative, and rich environment. I love it for so many reasons - it's play-based; it's a mixed-age class; the class size is small.

The play-based environment allowed my child to learn in a way that's most suited to her age and developmental stage. Through "play" my daughter learned important social skills, such as cooperation, assertiveness, kindness, humility, and how to be a good friend. She also picked up academic skills along the way through play, so that when she entered kindergarten, she was not only amply prepared academically, she instantly became one of the leaders in her class whom the other children looked up to.

I attribute a large part of her smooth transition to kindergarten to Michael Lane's mixed-age setting. She started preschool at 2 yrs 9 months and was the youngest in the class. She spent her first year being taken care of by the older students. By her last year there, she was the "big girl" and in turn took care of the youngest incoming students. These are skills that a child can only learn through experience. By being immersed in an environment that promotes the idea and values of community, where people look out for one another, my daughter learned that kindness goes both ways. She received it as a young incoming student, and was able to give it as an older student. Michael Lane creates a microcosm of the world I would love for her to grow up in, and the values I would love for her to live by.

The small class size means many things to me. It means that the teachers (3 teacher for 17 children) have the opportunity to truly know each child, their strengths, their challenges, their temperaments, their likes and dislikes, their habits, their gifts, and their talents. It also means that there are roughly 5 to 6 children in any age group (age 3, 4, or 5), which lends to a more intimate setting in which my child was able to make friends easily. I think she would have been intimated to be in a class of 20 other 3-year olds. The small class size also means that the children are well-supervised at all times, whether in the classroom or on the playground. Inappropriate or aggressive behavior is minimal, or nonexistent, when teachers are always watching and guiding children toward more appropriate ways to interact or handle conflicts if they arise.

Lastly, the teachers are wonderful and creative. I had been concerned that my daughter would be bored as a five year old, doing the same activities as the three year olds, but that never happened. The curriculum is designed to be flexible and open-ended, so that any of the activities can be modified by the teachers and children as appropriate. Plus, the activities are creative, engaging, and fun. I was also concerned that by her third year there, she would be bored being there with the same teachers, but I came to realize that the opposite was the case. Having the same teachers every year made school feel safer, more familiar, and more comfortable. It eased the transition of starting school each year and eliminated any angst of having to get to know a new teacher and a new room.

All in all, we had a wonderful experience at Michael Lane and I wish my children could stay in preschool forever.

5
★★★★★

There aren't enough words to describe how wonderful Michael Lane Preschool is. It's a hidden gem of a school tucked away in Burton Valley, where kids get to be kids in a safe, nurturing, creative, and rich environment. I love it for so many reasons - it's play-based; it's a mixed-age class; the class size is small.

The play-based environment allowed my child to learn in a way that's most suited to her age and developmental stage. Through "play" my daughter learned important social skills, such as cooperation, assertiveness, kindness, humility, and how to be a good friend. She also picked up academic skills along the way through play, so that when she entered kindergarten, she was not only amply prepared academically, she instantly became one of the leaders in her class whom the other children looked up to.

I attribute a large part of her smooth transition to kindergarten to Michael Lane's mixed-age setting. She started preschool at 2 yrs 9 months and was the youngest in the class. She spent her first year being taken care of by the older students. By her last year there, she was the "big girl" and in turn took care of the youngest incoming students. These are skills that a child can only learn through experience. By being immersed in an environment that promotes the idea and values of community, where people look out for one another, my daughter learned that kindness goes both ways. She received it as a young incoming student, and was able to give it as an older student. Michael Lane creates a microcosm of the world I would love for her to grow up in, and the values I would love for her to live by.

The small class size means many things to me. It means that the teachers (3 teacher for 17 children) have the opportunity to truly know each child, their strengths, their challenges, their temperaments, their likes and dislikes, their habits, their gifts, and their talents. It also means that there are roughly 5 to 6 children in any age group (age 3, 4, or 5), which lends to a more intimate setting in which my child was able to make friends easily. I think she would have been intimated to be in a class of 20 other 3-year olds. The small class size also means that the children are well-supervised at all times, whether in the classroom or on the playground. Inappropriate or aggressive behavior is minimal, or nonexistent, when teachers are always watching and guiding children toward more appropriate ways to interact or handle conflicts if they arise.

Lastly, the teachers are wonderful and creative. I had been concerned that my daughter would be bored as a five year old, doing the same activities as the three year olds, but that never happened. The curriculum is designed to be flexible and open-ended, so that any of the activities can be modified by the teachers and children as appropriate. Plus, the activities are creative, engaging, and fun. I was also concerned that by her third year there, she would be bored being there with the same teachers, but I came to realize that the opposite was the case. Having the same teachers every year made school feel safer, more familiar, and more comfortable. It eased the transition of starting school each year and eliminated any angst of having to get to know a new teacher and a new room.

All in all, we had a wonderful experience at Michael Lane and I wish my children could stay in preschool forever.

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My Daughter went to Michael Lane preschool for two and half years and I found it to be warm and safe and nuturing environment. The staff is always doing innovative and fun projects that interest the children and challenge their imagination and intelligence. My daughter was very shy and reluctant to go to preschool and the teachers were amazing in their love and gentle ways to get her comfortable with being in a school/group situation. She went in a shy little girl and evolved into a curious, outgoing little person. I would highly recommend Michael Lane to anyone thinking of preschool. I wish we could go back again next year...but on to kindergarden. Peg, Kim, Reshma, Trina are AMAZING people and teachers. Hope all my daughters teachers are like them.

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My Daughter went to Michael Lane preschool for two and half years and I found it to be warm and safe and nuturing environment. The staff is always doing innovative and fun projects that interest the children and challenge their imagination and intelligence. My daughter was very shy and reluctant to go to preschool and the teachers were amazing in their love and gentle ways to get her comfortable with being in a school/group situation. She went in a shy little girl and evolved into a curious, outgoing little person. I would highly recommend Michael Lane to anyone thinking of preschool. I wish we could go back again next year...but on to kindergarden. Peg, Kim, Reshma, Trina are AMAZING people and teachers. Hope all my daughters teachers are like them.

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I have been very happy for the last 2 years. Teachers are friendly. Flexible too if I am late for a pick up. My son loves going, no tears at dropoff..

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I have been very happy for the last 2 years. Teachers are friendly. Flexible too if I am late for a pick up. My son loves going, no tears at dropoff..

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Michael Lane Preschool is nestled in the beautiful hills of Lafayette. Our program offers an inviting, secure and nurturing environment for both your child and family.



Children spend the day exploring and learning through developmentally appropriate play. Our emergent curriculum is developed through hands-on experiences that allow each child to develop socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively at their own pace.



We are proud to be Accredited by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children).

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