- We have been a part of the Healdsburg community since 1974 -
Live Oak Preschool is a private non-profit educational institution that serves children ages 2.5 through 5. Since our school began, we have graduated more than 2,000 students from our programs. Today we also rank among the oldest preschools in Sonoma County.
Live Oak occupies the more than 100-year-old McCord House, a building that has a special history with children in our Healdsburg community. This building was once home to Charles and Florence McCord, who gave music lessons in the building for the better part of 50 years. Live Oak has existed in the McCord House since 1988. Our school began in a temporary building on University Street between March Avenue and Monte Vista Avenue. Then, in 1987, with enrollment climbing, we were forced to find a new location. Thankfully, a community member named Susan Morgan purchased the McCord House and rented it back to us. Live Oak's Board of Directors purchased the house from Morgan in 1996, thanks to generous terms of sale and the special fundraising efforts of Live Oak families.
All Live Oak teachers have studied early childhood education and have continued their professional development through the Bing Institute at Stanford University. The Board of Directors believes in continuing with teacher education and regularly sends its teachers to professional development seminars, workshops and classes through Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma State University, and other institutions.
Currently, many of our familes come from Healdsburg, as well as neighboring towns such as Windsor, Cloverdale, Geyserville, and Santa Rosa. With their help, we continue to write new chapters of our history every year.
Mission & Vision
Live Oak Preschool seeks to build a superior foundation for lifelong education by facilitating an environment in which children can learn through play. Our vision is to meet the changing needs of Northern Sonoma County communities and enhancing our school environment without compromising fiscal responsibility, independence, or commitment to Live Oak's mission and culture.
Whether they are 6 or 36 years old, Live Oak Alumni are everywhere. Our one-time students have gone on to become valedictorians, winemakers, professional athletes, engineers, mothers, fathers, and more. One of our alumni even grew up to become a teacher at our very school (Miss Stephanie).