Accolades | Turtle Rock Preschool | Infant, Preschool and Kindergarten Child Care in Irvine


Accreditation – The Mark of Quality

Turtle Rock Preschool was the first school in Irvine to attain accreditation in 1986 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and was one of the first schools nationally to accomplish this recognition. NAEYC administers the largest and most widely recognized national, voluntary professionally sponsored accreditation system for all types of early childhood schools and child care centers.


NAEYC offers an intensive and thorough accreditation platform in which early childhood programs voluntarily undergo a comprehensive process of internal self-study improvement, setting goals, and follow-up. NAEYC’s main focus is to support and encourage programs in providing high quality, safe and nurturing environments while promoting the individual development of each child.

At Turtle Rock Preschool, you will see:

  • Frequent, positive, warm interactions amongst adults and children
  • Planned learning activities appropriate to children’s age and development
  • A wide selection of age appropriate materials
  • A healthy and safe environment for children
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Regular and meaningful communication with parents
  • A dynamic and innovative administrative team
  • State-of-the-art technology in our classrooms


We value the relationships we have with our current and former families. They are often the best resource to hear what the Turtle Rock experience is like. Here’s a small sampling of what they are saying about us.

It has been a pleasure to have been part of Turtle Rock Private School these past 3 years. We have witnessed such growth in our son’s overall social and scholastic skills that we are so pleased to have made a wise decision to enroll Andres in Turtle Rock. In addition, Andres has learned and experienced so many new things because of the fantastic summer program you have designed for the children.

Rudimar de Ocampo

Your school has provided so much more support during this important milestone than I have ever experienced at any other school. The three year old room has been an amazing experience for Kate. She has learned so much and the teachers have been great role models. I can’t tell you how many times Kate quotes her teachers and they have been a huge influence in teaching Kate appropriate behaviors and good manners. The teachers and staff at your school are truly amazing.

Sonya Marshall

My 4 year old daughter has attended Turtle Rock Preschool since last September. She was a very shy child, and didn’t know how to socialize with other people. Thanks to the caring and patient teachers and the warm administration staff who greets each child every day, she was able to happily adjust to the new environment. Everyday my daughter looks forward to going to school and she told me she loves her teachers and friends. She has changed from a very shy child that would not greet any one to now a very sociable child. I highly recommend this school.

Lew Family

I’m writing to thank you for the wonderful care James has received in the infant room this year. It has been really sweet to see how much James enjoys arriving at “baby school” each morning — how he smiles and claps when he sees the other babies and how he happily snuggles up to the teachers. We continue to recommend Turtle Rock Preschool to our friends and colleagues.

Barbara Sarnecka

We have truly enjoyed the kindergarten program. The Turtle Rock staff has done an excellent job in helping lay the foundation for his educational career. He has become so much more self-confident in his skills. It has been so nice to be able to drop him off at school and not have to worry about his safety, education and wellbeing. The school has been an enormous help for these young children. Keep up the great work.

Dhar and Babita Patel

Before Cooper was even born I selected TRP as the preschool for my daughter. I have never regretted my decision and would like to thank you for a job done with excellence. She was always happy to go to school. She always came home smiling with pride, eager to show me her newest creation or skill. It is a tribute to you that Cooper is so eager for the next step in her education. She is facing this big transition with confidence and excitement and I understand and appreciate your partnership in this. You went the extra mile. She and I will never forget that.

Susan Smith Hall

We would like to thank the whole Turtle Rock Staff for being a part of our family for the past five years. It has been an incredible journey for us. With the help of your wonderful and dedicated staff, Ian has developed into a happy, well-adjusted young boy. He has learned a lot, and we in turn learned from him. Thank you for helping us mold Ian into a happy, inquisitive, independent ‘big’ boy.

Tsang Family

I want to personally thank you and all the wonderful staff for assisting Phil and I in making Will the wonderful person he is today. You and your staff have provided him much love and discipline over the years, Phil and I truly appreciate it! As you know, we will still be around with Megan and I am sure Will will be a part of the “Kid’s Night Out” and possibly Summer Camp next year. I can’t believe my baby is moving up in the world. I am so glad that we decided to have Turtle Rock part of our family and will continue for the years to come.

Cindy Rudy

I was looking for this! That’s what I said to myself after touring this school twice to choose my son’s preschool. I visited many academies looking for a school full of love. Many schools said they focused on good curriculum, discipline and affection but I never felt any affection as I did in this school. I chose this school for my son. Every morning, my son dashes into his classroom and jumps onto his teachers just like his family. I am very happy with my decision and want to thank to all of the school staff for providing such enriching curriculum and warm affection.

Yumiko Okawa

We became a Turtle Rock family in 2007 and our experience was outstanding from the very beginning. The school offers a warm, nurturing environment in a family atmosphere. Each day my children take part in creative centers and themes as well as extracurricular activities. They have blossomed socially, creatively and academically while at TRP and they love each day at school. The teachers are experienced and committed to their students and the administration and staff is very responsive and friendly. We feel so grateful that our children are building their educational foundations at Turtle Rock!

Krysia Johnson

Achievements and Recognition

We have been proud to receive numerous awards and special distinctions.
Below is a list of some of our most recent recognitions:

  • “Best of Citysearch” Winner for Best Preschool in Orange County

  • 5-Star Rating by United Way of Orange County

  • Certificate of Commendation from the Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council

  • California Senate Certificate of Recognition for providing quality child care programs to Orange County children
    Senator Lou Correa, California State Senate, 34th district

  • California State Assembly Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Quality of Life Enhancements for Orange County children
    Assemblyman Van Tran, California State Assembly, 68th district

  • California State Assembly Certificate of Recognition for Quality in Child Care
    Assemblyman Curt Hagman, California State Assembly, 60th District

  • US Congressional Recognition Celebration of Quality Award
    Representative Loretta Sanchez, United States Congress, 47th District

  • Letter from President Obama to commend the children of Room 4 for their creative work in recognizing United Nation’s Day and their appreciation and awareness of cultural diversity.