St. Mary’s Center Preschool


To enroll your child, please call (510) 595-4030 and arrange a meeting with our Preschool Director.

St. Mary's Center Preschool prepares 3 and 4 year old children for success in kindergarten and their lives. Most of our families live near our West Oakland site, but all low-income families in Alameda County are welcomed.

Director Quinetta Lewis has created an inviting, stimulating classroom where children learn, explore freely, and develop social skills and positive self-image. The classroom is divided into learning centers for reading and writing letters; recognizing words; listening to stories; counting objects and playing math games; singing, playing instruments and moving to music; creating art, and practicing  computer skills.

We encourage children to develop an interest in science as they learn about animals, insects, plants, and the weather in our science exploration area. In our large enclosed play yard, children advance their large and small motor skills by planting seeds, riding tricycles, running and climbing on structures, playing ball games, painting at easels, and experimenting at the water table.

St. Mary’s Center Preschool is certified by the California Department of Education and offers two sessions each weekday, either mornings from 8:30 to 11:30 am or afternoons from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. We have a ratio of one teacher for six children in each session plus volunteers.

Our preschool has grown and flourished since its inception more than forty years ago, with a large school building and play yard, a dedicated and qualified teaching staff, and a curriculum which meets or exceeds California State educational standards.

Why a Preschool? The original programs at St. Mary’s Center grew out of a community organizing project to identify needed programs for the neighborhood surrounding St. Mary’s Parish. Besides programs for older adults, community members prioritized a preschool for their children. We continue the tradition today!