Location: 2276 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009 | Phone: 760-436-2797 Admissions.lcvpk@gmail.com

About Us

At La Costa Valley Preschool & Kindergarten we look at early childhood learning as a whole child educational experience. From inspiring creativity, expression and health to helping students develop an interest and excitement in building their educational foundation for ongoing school success. La Costa Valley Preschool & Kindergarten is a  California Department of Education Private Elementary School, we are also, 1 of 3 Nationally accredited Preschools and Kindergarten’s by the Academy of Early Childhood Programs serving the coastal communities of Carlsbad, La Costa, Encinitas, Leucadia, Cardiff, Del Mar, San Marcos and Solana Beach in North County San Diego.



Black Moustach Learning Activities in KindergartenOur mission is to provide a nurturing, safe, enriching environment for children as we seek to foster their inborn sense of wonder as they explore, create, make friends and conquer the many academic tasks before them.


La Costa Valley Preschool and Kindergarten Mission: is toWe believe the foundation for learning includes the total development of the child. We seek to provide instruction which is age appropriate and meets the social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs of each child. Our programs are carefully designed to enlarge the child’s repertoire of knowledge and skill, increase self-confidence and to promote curiosity and initiative.

About La Costa Valley Preschool & Kindergarten

La Costa Valley Preschool & Kindergarten Accreditation’s & Awards

School Awards & National Accreditation

Since opening in 1991, the school has earned local, state and national respect as an excellent program for children and parents alike. The school is accredited by the Academy of Early Childhood Programs. The Academy is a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). the nation’s largest organization of early childhood programs. For more information on NAEYC and accreditation contact www.naeyc.org.

Model Program

La Costa Valley Preschool & Kindergarten serves as a model to others seeking to improve their programs and those seeking to earn national accreditation for excellence in early childhood education.

Why choose an NAEYC-accredited program?

naeycLogoNAEYC-accredited programs have demonstrated a commitment to providing a high quality program for young children and their families. While the NAEYC accreditation process examines the total program, greatest emphasis is placed on the quality of interactions among staff and children and the developmental  appropriateness of the curriculum–what really happens to the children. Health and safety, staffing, staff qualifications, physical environment, and administration are all reviewed during accreditation, but primary consideration is given to the nature of the child’s experience.

Whether your interest in early childhood programs is as a parent seeking a program for your child, as an employer looking to support your employees’ child care needs, or as an interested citizen, accreditation helps you identify high quality programs. High quality is important for children and families, so parents can be reassured that their children are in good hands. And, what’s good for families is also good for business and communities. In short, high quality early childhood programs benefit us all.

For more information about NAEYC and accreditation, click on naeyc.org


La Costa Valley Preschool and Kindergarten is now a “Kindness Certified School”

kindnessSchoolWhat is the Great Kindness Challenge?

The Great Kindness Challenge is one school week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible, choosing from a checklist of 50 kind deeds.

Students, kindergarten through high school, joyfully do their part and prove that KINDNESS MATTERS!

Click Here to learn about the The Great Kindness Challenge

La Costa Valley Preschool and Kindergarten takes pride in participating within the community whose children we serve.

We are proud members of:
The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
Encinitas Chamber of Commerce

Participants of
Costco 2010 Wholesale Business Show benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital

Down load pdf of plaques and certificates of participation

The School Staff:

The staff consists of teachers and specialists with diverse educational backgrounds and experiences and credentials.

Click here for our staff’s Bio’s.


Meet The Director:

La Costa Valley Preschool & Kindergarten’s executive director, Cindy Cesena has extensive training in early childhood education. Cindy has worked for many years in concert with major California Colleges and Universities, the most recent as the Manager/Director of the Campus Children’s Center at San Diego State University. Her experience includes classroom teaching, supervising and managing children’s programs and instructing child development students. Her undergraduate degree is in Child Development and she earned a MBA degree. Her credentials include advanced California child development teaching and administration programs credentials, business and child development community college credentials and high school child development and business credentials. Her grandparents moved to Encinitas in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. She, her parents, and extended family are graduates of San Dieguito High School (now San Dieguito Academy) and most continue to live in our beautiful beach community and assist with a variety of community activities.

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