Program Details

Ark Preschool is a non-profit, licensed, tuition free preschool located in Woodland for families meeting current federal income eligibility guidelines. We are open from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Wednesday, September through May. Children must be between the ages of 3 and 5 and must be toilet trained. We provide a balanced, play based curriculum that prepares children to thrive in Kindergarten.

Special Features of Our Program

  • Children’s sensory, vegetable, herb, and flower gardens.
  • Weekly walking trip to the Woodland Public Library to hear stories and check out books.
  • Weekly visitations from Music Matt, providing music instruction, including instrument identification, exploration, and education. Each week, children are exposed to at least 1 new instrument that Music Matt demonstrates and discusses how the sound is produced by the instrument, its history and origin, the function and care of each instrument, and the different parts of the instrument. Students also have opportunities to create instruments, discuss and explore basic music theory, and begin to discover the joys of music composition.
  • Visits from The Crocker Art Museum's Artist To Go Program 9 times throughout the school year with a professional art educator.  Children are introduced to diverse works or art. They explore basic elements of art such as color, tone, shade, tints, line, value, form, and space. Through inquiry based methods, each child can explore the elements of art to create their own works. Students begin to develop an appreciation for different genres of art.
  • 6-8 field trips each year in addition to weekly trips to the Library.
  • Weekly Children's Farmers' Market where a minimum of 5 pounds of fresh produce are donated to the families of Ark Preschool from the Yolo County Food Bank. 
  • Lunch and 2 snacks are provided for our full day program for all students. We serve mostly organic foods and fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible. 
  • Lifeskills which includes social-emotional curriculum covering: organization, friendship, cooperation, teamwork, thankfulness, respect, caring, love, courage, honesty, flexibility, perseverance, self-discipline, motivation, peaceability, and focus. 
  • Pre-reading: phonemic & phonetic awareness, rhyming, drighting & writing, and interactive reading to develop comprehension and vocabulary, math, science, puzzles, block play, carpentry, cooking, experimenting, computers, games, music, art, and physical education concepts are embedded in daily activities. 
  • Weekly take home bags which include 2-3 high quality, age-appropriate children's books and math games that nurture quality family time.

I love how my daughter is more secure about herself. She is not afraid or shy like she used to be. I think the day is balanced out perfectly. I fell comfortable at work because I know my daughter is in a safe place.
Honestly, all I can say is we would not have found a more amazing, magical, loving, imaginable, academic environment for her.