Are you worried that a play-based school won’t give your child the help and support they need to excel in kindergarten and beyond? Are you looking for a preschool that offers a healthy mix of play with a more traditional curriculum focused on developing science and language skills?

Play is essential for healthy childhood development. Kids learn about the world through free exploration and interaction. But, academic learning doesn’t have to be boring! The best academic preschools make play a part of learning while still allowing time for free play in between more structured activities.

A great preschool understands the importance of encouraging curiosity and fostering a love of discovery and learning.

To help you find the right preschool for you and your child, we’ve put together a list of academic-based Alameda County preschool options that focus on incorporating math and literacy skills into everyday exploration.


Little Scholars Preschool

4330 Valley Avenue, Apt K, Pleasanton, CA 94566

A great preschool will set your child up for a lifetime of learning. The team here will nurture and support you kid as they develop and strive to reach their full potential. Little Scholars is a proud member of the Wonderschool network.

PUSD STEAM Preschool

4667 Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton, CA 94566

Looking for a spin on STEM suitable for young children? The program here is built around Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Learning is hands-on, fun and driven by the child’s natural desire to solve problems.


The Learning Tree

4161 East Ave, Livermore, CA 94550

This preschool takes a hands-on approach to learning with a preschool program that includes literacy, math, and science interspersed with healthy physical exercise including yoga and free play.

Storyland School

Main Entrance 2475 Fourth St., Livermore, CA 94550

Storyland makes learning fun, by creating a nurturing environment where children can learn at their own pace under the guidance of highly trained teachers.


Shooting Stars Preschool

7156 Regional Street, Dublin, CA 94568

With a curriculum built to support your child’s rapid brain development during their early years, the Shooting Stars Team tailor their approach to each child by balancing free exploration wit teacher-led activities.

Choosing the perfect preschool is hard. If there’s anything we can do to help or if you feel that we’ve missed out on a great school in Alameda County, send us an email at

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