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

Why Turtle Rock?

Choosing the very first school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. We understand that looking for the best fit can be a challenge. This list highlights just a few of the many advantages of Turtle Rock Preschool, to help you make the best decision for yourself and your child.

School Environment

  • Warm, inviting, and joyful family-oriented environment.
  • Open year-round, with convenient hours from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
  • Recipient of numerous local, state, and national awards and recognitions.
  • Hot lunch option and multiple nutritious snacks provided daily.
  • Culturally diverse enrollment.
  • Qualified, long-term, teaching staff exceeding state and NAEYC standards – several employed for over 20 years.
  • Separate, age appropriate outside play areas.
  • Hands-on Administration including an involved Owner, Administrator, Director of School, Assistant Director of School, Curriculum Director, Business Manager and Event Coordinator.
  • Full service early childhood school providing care for Infants (from 8 weeks) through Kindergarten, After-School Academy and Summer Camp.
  • Closed fewer days per year than most other schools. (See school calendar for a listing of days closed)
  • “Kids’ Night Out” once a month – providing a fun activity night for kids, while allowing parents a relaxed evening out.


  • Comprehensive security system, including multiple security check points:
  • Secured front entry door with unique PIN codes for each authorized individual.
  • Only authorized admittance. Unauthorized persons must wait to be assisted by a staff member.
  • Immediate photo identification on office staff computers as parents and children enter to verify identity.
  • Instant electronic record of your child’s arrival and departure.
  • Computerized record of all individuals authorized to pick up your child.
  • Security cameras throughout our campus.
  • Traditional sign-in and out in classrooms.
  • First Aid and CPR certified teachers. First Aid kits in every classroom. Medication administration and EPI-Pen training for all staff.
  • Fire drills are performed monthly. Comprehensive lockdown, earthquake and evacuation plans are in place and practiced regularly. Fully-equipped emergency bags are accessible in every classroom.

Family Communication

  • Regular verbal, written, and digital parent communication.
  • Monthly curriculum and menus available online.
  • Weekly email bulletin detailing upcoming events.
  • On-site parent workshops with guest speakers.
  • Online Photo Studio to view pictures of your child (password protected).

Learning Environment

  • A philosophy that balances developmental and traditional academic principles.
  • Low Ratios: School-wide 1:5.6 ratio, individual classrooms vary with infants having a maximum 1:4 ratio.
  • Accredited by NAEYC since 1986. Newly re-accredited in 2012, passing over 404 new criteria.
  • Dedicated full-time Curriculum Director promoting a customized theme based curriculum.
  • Additional extra-curricular classes offered including: Computer Lab, Yoga, Spanish, Cooking, Gymnastics, Dance, Art, Ball Sports, and more.
  • Separate, age appropriate classrooms rather than partitions for separation.
  • Children successfully transition into both public and private schools.
  • 5 Star rating by “United Way Success by 6”.


  • Full kitchen with dedicated chef.
  • Locally owned and managed by Irvine family.
  • Natural playground with endless opportunities for exploration and discovery.
  • Continuous improvements and updates to classrooms and playgrounds.