At the core of our program is the philosophy that natural materials in a simple, soothing and structured environment create a place where children can thrive. About 80% of our teaching materials are Montessori based. Our aesthetics, affinity for all that is natural and not branded, and emphasis on natural rhythms, imaginative play, and storytelling are directly borrowed from Waldorf philosophies; while our emergent curriculum driven by the students’ personal interests is influenced by Reggio teaching principles.

The themes in our curriculum are designed to lead into each other for a rich and profound understanding of the world we live in.

The recreational preschool program operates quarterly and focuses on teaching empathy, sharing, role-playing, and the development of good listening and communication skills.  There are five preschool programs at Golestan:  Model Art, Exploration Art, Science, Nature, and Social Cultural Studies. All programs follow Golestan’s rich experiential curriculum and progressive pedagogy, each ranging from six to nine hours per week.

Music is an important part of the preschooler’s experience. Singing songs and poems with creative movement helps children learn language while expressing themselves physically; they also develop an understanding of pitch, rhythm, and movement.

Practical life activities such as sorting, pouring, and manipulating are daily activities for the children. Our art programs are exceptionally rich and exciting. Children learn to work with different media (water colors, tempera, collage, pastels, etc) by fully exploring each of them such that they are able to understand how each looks and feels. Art projects are never product driven, rather the richness of the experience is in the journey itself.  Our science and nature programs help to support a child’s deep understanding of the world we live in.

We currently have a long waitlist for our preschool recreational program.  For more information on how to apply for our new full time preschool and primary school, please email


“When I found Golestan, I was impressed with the thoughtfulness of the program design, the careful attention to how each detail fosters the children’s development, and the pure joy that I witnessed from both the children and teachers.”

– Golestan Parent


Golestan Kids admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Per the Alameda County licensing board, no child may attend more than 12 hours per week per program in each three month session.