History

The original intent of PreSchool Family, to provide a place for parents to observe and learn about their children, is still the integral focus now. It is a parent education program where parenting is validated and its joys and tribulations can be shared.

1946

Besse Bolton, a kindergarten teacher, believes parents and children benefit when parents are aware of early childhood development. She gathers an interested group of parents to approach Palo Alto Adult School. PreSchool Family is founded.

1962

Betty Rogaway, a teacher in the program, becomes the second program coordinator.

1976

PreSchool Family moves to Greendell (a closed PAUSD elementary school.) Previously, PreSchool Family moved almost annually, using sites in churches, cottages, basements and schools.

1978

Parent participation programs for infants and toddlers begin.

1982

Eleanora Jadwin becomes the third program coordinator.

1987

Dr. Lynda Smith, parent education consultant to the State Department of Education, identifies PreSchool Family as a model program.

1995

Sharon Keplinger, a teacher in the program, becomes the fourth program coordinator.

1996

PreSchool Family is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

1996

PreSchool Family celebrates its 50th anniversary.

2005

Friends of PreSchool Family is founded.

2006

PreSchool Family celebrates its 60th anniversary, with help from Friends of PreSchool Family.

2011

PreSchool Family celebrates its 65th anniversary.