El Verano to expand preschool program

El Verano School’s preschool program is expanding to include more students.


The El Verano Preschool program will expand due to funding from the Ernest Bates Foundation with additional support from the Vadasz Family Foundation. The program will now enable 44 students to attend each day, nearly doubling the current number.

The preschool will now run both a morning and afternoon session. The public is invited to attend a Preschool Open House on Friday, October 14 at 1:30 p.m. at El Verano school. The event will offer a chance to see the expanded program, and to celebrate the important local support that has made it possible. The Sonoma Valley Unified School District also runs a Jump Start to Kindergarten program during the summer months for incoming students.

El Verano Principal Maite Iturri, a strong advocate of preschool for all students said, “Students who take part in preschool tend to enter kindergarten eager to learn and better prepared for the academic environment. English language learners especially benefit from the experience.”

“It is all linked together as we seek success for our students,” said Laura Zimmerman, Sonoma Valley Education Foundation executive director. “Preschool prepares children for school, and school prepares children for college and a career. Our school district identifies preschool as a key to school success, and these investors are making it possible.”

The Ernest Bates Foundation, headed by Vanessa Robledo, focuses on providing educational opportunities for less privileged African-American and Hispanic children. The Vadasz Family Foundation, based in Sonoma, is dedicated to improving local public schools by investing in meaningful education programs that improve student outcomes.  The foundation is a source of support for many youth oriented programs in the Sonoma Valley.


2 Responses to El Verano to expand preschool program

  1. G. Diffenbach says:

    A few years ago when my kids were preschool age, I worked two jobs to provide them with preschool experience, as I too believed it would better prepare them for kindergarten and grade school. I wish these programs had been available to my family, but even then I would probably not have qualified as I am white, middle class, American, myself and my kids English speaking, , and dont have an abundance of children for whom I consistently turn to others for support.

  2. D. Poore says:

    i couldnt agree more. I believe that preschhool is a very important first step for young kids. I was a single white mom, working full time just to get by. Why is this foundation leaving white kids out? There was a time when that’s all we were here. Where is the support for our kids? i dont get it.