13604 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064, US

Elm Park Preschool

Welcome to Elm Park Preschool
"Best preschool in Poway"

At Elm Park Preschool, we've been preparing children academically, socially, and emotionally for Kindergarten since 2010.

About Us

Dedicated Staff

Elm Park teachers are first aid/CPR certified and have backgrounds in early childhood education.  They pass background checks and are encouraged to continue training in the field.  Our teachers are trained to use positive reinforcement and redirection in the classroom for behavior modification.

Our teachers are dedicated to Elm Park's mission to prepare children academically, socially, and emotionally to enter the Poway Unified School district.

First-Rate Curriculum

Elm Park Preschool uses Zoo-phonics for phonemic awareness, pre-writing, pre-reading, and spelling skills.  Zoo-phonics is aligned with the California state standards and the Poway Unified School District and uses a playful format to teach sequential, developmental, and age appropriate content.  Elm Park also uses Mother Goose Curriculum to teach core content standards.  Mother Goose is also aligned with state and PUSD standards.

Incoming students are observed and/or informally assessed; progress is monitored throughout the year.  Elm Park strives to prepare students for the Poway Unified School District while also encouraging the child's natural love of learning in a warm, nurturing environment.  Children thrive in our small classes geared for kindergarten readiness. 

Our Mission

Elm Park Preschool prepares young children academically, emotionally, and socially to enter the Poway Unified School District while at the same time encouraging a love of learning in a secure, friendly, and nurturing environment.  

Elm Park serves 2 1/2 to 5 year-olds.

At Elm Park we teach to the whole child, with an emphasis on fostering a love of learning while building character development.  

Meet the Team

Director/Miss Jen


Hi!  My name is Jen and I've taught in San Diego County since 1995.  I received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in 1994 and a Master of Science in Education in 2001.  I began my teaching career working in a private school in Rancho Santa Fe, worked for the Carlsbad Unified School District, then taught for a charter school for several years.  I enjoyed working with preschool children the most so I opened Elm Park Preschool in 2010 to continue doing what I love best- enriching the lives of preschool children.  I've lived in Poway since 2007 and I am the proud mom of two boys who attend school in Poway.

I think the preschool years are unique and precious.  These important years lay the foundation for learning throughout a child's entire school career.  I believe in making learning fun and exciting; I also recognize the importance of Kindergarten readiness.  I feel it is our job to provide opportunities for our children to grow academically, socially, and emotionally.

Miss Melanie

Miss Melanie has worked as a childcare provider since 2000, she had an in-home preschool from 2005-2008. Melanie and her husband are raising three children in Mira Mesa.  She believes her knowledge and love for children can help each student grow academically and have fun all at the same time. 

When not teaching, you will find Melanie with her family, watching her kids' sports (cheer & lacrosse), shopping, or volunteering at her local church or her kids' schools.

Miss Nikki

Miss Nikki has over 12 years experience teaching in Poway preschools.  She studied Child Development at Mesa College and raised three boys of her own in Poway.  Nikki is dedicated to the social and emotional development of each child and she makes it her priority to make sure each child receives the best care and love.  

When not working, Nikki likes to walk her dogs, spend time with her family, & watch movies.

School Calendar


August 23                 First Day of School

September 4             Labor Day Holiday

September 29           Professional Growth

November 10           Veterans Day

November 20 - 24   Thanksgiving Holiday

December 25 - Jan. 5      Winter Break

January 15              Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 2              Professional Growth

February 19 - 23    Washington/Lincoln Recess

April 9 - 13              Spring Break

May 28                     Memorial Day

June 13                     Last Day of School   

Typical Daily Schedule

8:00 - 9:00 AM Early Care Offered

9:00 - 9:15 AM Drop Off- Begin Morning Routine

9:15 - 9:45 AM Circle Time

9:45 - 10:15 AM Outdoor Play 

10:15 - 10:45 AM Snack (we provide) & Bathrooms

10:45 - 11:15 AM Centers- Group Learning

11:15 - 11:45 AM Indoor Play

11:45 - 12:00 PM Closing Circle/Sharing

12:00 - 12:30 PM Lunch

12:30 - 1:15 PM Small Group Activities/Art/Games

1:15 - 2:00 PM Outside Play

2:00 - 2:20 PM Bathroom/Books

2:20 - 4:00 PM Rest Time (shorter for those who don't sleep)

4:00 - 5:00 PM Small Group Activities/Free Play

Admission Forms

Click on a file to download.

LIC 701- Doctor Form (pdf)


LIC 702- Health History (pdf)


LIC 700- Child ID & Emergency (pdf)


LIC 627- Consent for Treatment (PDF)


LIC 613A- Children's Rights (doc)


LIC 995- Parents' Rights (PDF)


LIC 995E- Caregiver Background Check (pdf)


Admission Agreement Fall 2018 (pdf)


Summer Agreement 2018 (docx)


Summer Program

Summer Camp


Looking for summer fun for the kiddos?  Try Elm Park's summer program!  Preschoolers thrive on consistency, which is why continuing their schedule through the summer makes sense.  The program will be altered slightly, with more water play and art projects.  But we will continue learning and enjoying our academics as well.

Please call for additional information (858) 442-9707.

Session Dates

Session 1- June 18th - July 20th (No Camp July 2nd - 6th)

Session 2 - July 23rd - August 17th


To enroll you child for the summer program, please fill out the Summer Agreement Form and return with a $100 non-refundable deposit.

Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

Please call Miss Jen to schedule a tour!  (858) 442-9707

Elm Park Preschool

13604 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064, US

(858) 442-9707



8:00 am – 5:00 pm


8:00 am – 5:00 pm


8:00 am – 5:00 pm


8:00 am – 5:00 pm


8:00 am – 5:00 pm





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