Wednesday, November 4, 2015

STEAM Preschool Open Houses!

PUSD's STEAM Preschool will be OPENING on Monday, January 4, 2016!

The STEAM Preschool is a progressive, ground-breaking program that uses the STEAM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) in all areas of our curriculum.  This includes emphasis in the cognitive, physical, and social-emotional domains of development.  We infuse our daily schedule with hands-on opportunities to build on the natural curiosity of all children.  Through project-based, inquiry-driven activities, the children can explore and discover the world around them while learning literacy, problem solving skills, and collaboration techniques.  The children will construct their own learning using 
critical thinking, creativity, and innovation.

Taking enrollment starting November 2, 2015 - online and at the site!

Come visit our new program at one of our upcoming Open Houses:
November 12th, 4-6pm
November 14th, 1-3pm
November 17th, 5-7pm
November 18th, 11am-1pm

4667 Bernal Avenue
Pleasanton, CA  94566

Monday, October 12, 2015

Licensing Application COMPLETED!

For those of you that don't know, this is a HUGE accomplishment for us!  This packet has taken months to complete and it took a lot of people to help get all of the information that we needed.  We should be hearing from our Licensing Analyst very soon about when our application visit will be.  Here is how we felt on Friday when we mailed it......notice how thick that packet is :)  Great job, everyone and thank you to those that helped!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Welcome, Shannon!

The Pleasanton Unified School District would like to welcome Shannon Colacchia as the STEAM Preschool Lead!  Shannon comes to us with a history of Early Childhood Education in her family.  She was raised with the practices and principals that will be used at the STEAM Preschool, and is passionate about children discovering a love of learning.

Shannon has her BS in Social Science with a Teaching Concentration, and has over 12 years of experience in the preschool field.  Her education and experience have prepared her for this position, and she was thrilled to hear that we will be using the STEAM concepts to guide our curriculum.  She is already working diligently to set up the best environment for our children, and we look forward to an amazing future at the STEAM Preschool!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Kids Learn through Play? Are you sure....?

In preparation for the opening of the STEAM Preschool, I have come across many articles that support the philosophy that will be implemented - open-ended, child-directed, project-based, creative exploration and discovery.  Children having FUN!  Not only that, but the fun fosters a healthy appreciation for learning and curiosity.  Playing with others teaches collaboration, problem solving, and communication skills.  If this is the case, why do parents still want an "academic" based school?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

And the walls came tumblin' down.....!

Check out the latest renovation at the STEAM Preschool!  Getting excited...


Monday, July 6, 2015

Visit to the Austin STEM Academy in Texas!

Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of visiting the Austin STEM Academy for preschools in Austin, Texas.  Gina Morales is the owner and director, and she has such a great vision!  It is her hope to eventually open an Elementary STEM school for students in Austin, and I have no doubt that she will accomplish that goal.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Painting at the STEAM Preschool!

Building modifications have begun!  The inside of the building is in the process of being painted, and the outside is being prepped for a spray painting on Monday, June 22nd!  Check out the before and after pictures - what a difference a coat of paint makes :)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Harker Preschool Visit

While researching other Preschool programs that integrate STEM or STEAM into their curriculum, we found the Harker Preschool in San Jose and went for a visit!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Tri-Valley Preschool Fair

Our latest STEAM Preschool event was the 15th Annual Tri-Valley Preschool Fair presented by Child Care Links and the City of Dublin!  It was a day of meeting families and networking with other providers in our area.  Free pizza was provided for all of the families, and each table had giveaways for the children.  Of course, we had our STEAM Preschool putty and our "Sink or Float" activity (and a container of red licorice which has been very successful!).

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce's Tradeshow Mixer

We were very fortunate to be able to participate in the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce's Spring Tradeshow Mixer at the Ruby Hills Country Club on Wednesday, May 13th from 5:00-7:00pm.  Many local business owners from Pleasanton were at the event and it was a great opportunity to meet and network with them.  We'd like to give a special shout-out to Hilda from Costco - she is the Marketing Director in Livermore and has been very supportive of PUSD.  It was a wonderful afternoon!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Pleasanton First Wednesday Street Party!

Sink or Float was the theme of our STEAM Preschool booth at the First Wednesday Street Party on May 5th!  We were pleased and amazed with the interest and wonder of the children that visited.  We watched them as we asked a question and listened to them predict what would happen.  We then observed as they tested their hypothesis, drew a conclusion, and analyzed their results.  This reinforced the philosophy of our STEAM Preschool - children are eager learners and will take the lead if we let them.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Coming Soon - PUSD STEAM Preschool

Here is the site of the future STEAM Preschool for the Pleasanton Unified School District.  The building is located at 4667 Bernal Avenue.  We do not yet have a phone number, but any questions, comments, or suggestions can be emailed to