Wonder Preschool & Learning Center is a private preschool for fantastic kids between 2 to 5 years of age! We provide an exciting play-based and academic curriculum created by experts in the field of child development. Wonder’s approach to early education is holistic, child-centered, and FUN! With a focus on shaping social-emotionally well-balanced, creative, and independent students, Wonder IS the ideal learning environment!
Our Safety Pledge: At Wonder we view the developing brain as a critical time for learning. We understand your concerns and have partnered with a registered (RN) to best ensure a healthy environment. In this time of uncertainly, the education, health and safety of our students and staff remains paramount!
Wonder now offers a variety of safe, fun, and exciting in-person, virtual, or hybrid year-round learning opportunities. Call us today for a virtual tour at 323.644.9380. We look forward to growing together!
Wonder’s curriculum, referred to as The Wonder Method© follows our holistic intention: child-led, sensory-rich, project-based learning that grows organically from the child’s interests and discovery. Learning material and activities maximize the engagement and excitement of each child and each class. Wonder observes that the best and deepest learning is always done when children FEEL at play. Nurtured by Wonder’s excellent team of distinguished educators and multi-disciplinary specialists, children at Wonder engage in hands-on, play-based and academic learning activities founded upon research and best practice. With a high faculty to student ratio, Wonder’s curriculum excites the mind and sparks a sense of curiosity for the world of learning that awaits each child!
Given our background in child development, Wonder acknowledges that the proper nourishment of a child’s body is just as important as that of their mind. To this end, Wonder offers a massive outdoor playground and indoor sensory gym, which allows kids to cultivate a sense of self and an awareness of others, while learning how to use that information to engage in meaningful social-emotional relationships with others. Students at Wonder develop a fondness for teamwork, leadership, cooperation, and friendship while bolstering their self-confidence, physical and athletic abilities in a truly expansive and beautiful environment.
We hold as our highest ideal the notion that parents are their child’s greatest teachers. We are devoted to creating an environment of mutual support, learning, and friendship. Our Parents experience the joy of not only seeing their child develop but the joy of developing alongside their child in ways never thought possible. Through hands-on parental involvement in our classrooms, ongoing parent education workshops, and parent/child socials, Wonder is a community of friendship, laughter, and fun.
Wonder cares deeply about the health and safety of each child. We have diligently implemented procedures as mandated by the Public Health Department, Centers for Disease Control, and Child Care Licensing to ensure that the safety of our students and staff remains paramount. In partnership with a registered nurse (RN) trained in pandemic safety, Wonder has implemented a variety of protective measures. These include but are not limited to curbside student drop-off, no onsite visitation, staff visibility face masks and face shields (when appropriate), increased opportunities for outdoor learning, smaller classrooms, social distance-student learning activities, increased sanitation measures during school hours (as well as nightly deep cleaning), and regular staff and parent mandatory health and safety training. Our expert RN will also serve as ongoing consultant during this time to best ensure that as a community we create a safe and healthy learning environment for all.
Selecting the right preschool and learning program for your child is an important decision.
Our admissions process is designed so that each child and family is provided with the unique opportunity to experience our program firsthand. Wonder students can enroll anytime throughout the school year based on classroom availability and appropriateness of the program for each child. Wonder continues to offer quality, general education in-person classes via partial or full 2-day, 3-day and 5-day enrollment options. Additionally, we now offer a fully virtual E-learning program or a combination of in-person and virtual classes (via our hybrid model). E-learning classes at Wonder are developmentally appropriate, fun, and led by master educators.
Once enrolled and up to one month prior to your child’s first day of school, Wonder students are invited to attend our complimentary Gentle Beginnings Program, where new students and their parents virtually participate in our afternoon program to meet their teachers and fellow classmates, helping to ease the transition into school. Wonder also offers complimentary Potty-Learning & Parent Training workshops for parents of enrolled students. Our current program offerings are as follows:
Traditional Model: In-Person Classes
The below indicated fees are required per student according to the following due dates:
Virtual Model: E-Learning Classes
At Wonder, we understand that some parents may not feel comfortable having their child attend in-person classes at this time. Therefore, we also offer a fully virtual class model so that the learning continues at this important stage of brain development! High quality and engaging classes are scheduled based on student and staff availability. Each class is up to 60 minutes in length. Student access to E-learning device required. The following monthly E-learning packages are available for purchase:
Hybrid Model: Combination of In-Person + Virtual Classes
For students participating in our traditional in-person program who may also want to receive additional E-learning classes, Wonder offers reduced virtual classes at an individual rate of $30.00 per class. This hybrid model follows our virtual model with a variety of E-learning options to choose from (see above). Student access to E-learning device required. Monthly packages available for purchase.
We invite you to FEEL alongside us the magic of Wonder Preschool & Learning Center!
Wonder offers year-round enrollment opportunities for potty-learned children ages 2 to 5 years. Schedule a tour today by calling us at 323.644.9380 or via the below form. We look forward to together making a lasting, positive impact on your child’s early education at Wonder!
Step 1: Fill Out Enrollment Interest Form Below
Step 2: Within 3-5 business days of receipt of Enrollment Interest Form, a staff member will contact you regarding next steps.
Step 3: Once accepted into the program, a New Student Enrollment Packet will be provided to you and shall returned by the indicated due date prior to your child’s first scheduled day of enrollment (along with associated fees).
For more information please do not hesitate to contact our enrollment specialists at 323.644.9380. We look forward to hearing from you!
Bio: Nicole Hajjar, MS CCC-SLP, ESDM and Tony Hajjar, BS are the proud parents of three boys and owners/executive directors for both Smile Pediatric Therapy & Diagnostics (Smile) and Wonder Preschool & Learning Center (Wonder). Nicole, a speech-language pathologist, alongside Tony, a professional musician with a degree in Chemistry & Mathematics, opened Smile in 2008, positively impacting the lives of many children and their families. In 2017, the duo opened Wonder Preschool where Nicole diligently crafted the schools research-based curriculum known as The Wonder Method©, which places strong emphasis on social-emotional development via naturalistic, play-based learning across all areas of development. Nicole is in pursuit of her Doctoral degree in Education and offers a variety of parent and educator workshops at Smile + Wonder and within the community. You can often find Tony working on various music or Smile + Wonder development projects. Both Nicole & Tony have created an amazing learning environment at Wonder where children, parents, and staff are nurtured to dream BIG!
At Wonder we feel safe. They understand my concerns and offer both in-person and digital programs to meet each family where they are at. I know that when my child is at school every precaution to keep her healthy is considered. We have also participated in the schools E-learning program and the only word that comes to mind is AMAZING! My child continues to thrive and is SO happy at Wonder. In this difficult time, we deeply appreciate Wonder for ALL that they do for our community!
“We absolutely love Wonder Preschool and learning center! My son has been attending Wonder since last spring. What we love about the school is that the teachers and administrators really focus on all aspects of children’s development. Our son is a little shy, and they have been incredible meeting him where he is and fostering growth and confidences, and as a result has empowered him to build friendships, explore, play and learn. The community of the Wonder staff as well as the other parents have also been an incredible unexpected benefit. There is so much love, attention and fun that I, as a parent, have witnessed, and my son has experienced. We have been so happy with his time there that our younger daughter will be attending Wonder as well. I cannot emphasize enough how much we love Wonder and I recommend it to all preschool age children.”
“I cannot speak more highly of Smile and Wonder. My Son is one of the newest members of the Wonder Preschool and he is in love with his teachers and the community. When we arrive at school each day, he dashes ahead of me to gleefully run into the center as fast as he can. He is clearly thrilled to be there and, as a Mom, there isn’t much that warms my heart more than knowing how happy and comfortable he is in his new environment. Things that make Wonder so amazing: 1) a welcoming, professional, loving and attentive teacher and support staff 2) a community that is small enough where you know everyone’s names, but large enough that allows for fantastic diversity and experience for your child 3) Amazing lunch options to make the day to day just a little bit easier for parents 4) a super fun outdoor play area with all the details and touches you’d want for your child (garden, ball hoops and goals, age appropriate scooters, bikes, play centers, swings, etc.) and 5)a truly inclusive and creative approach to learning that feels extremely well round and catered to my child. It’s been fantastic and I’d recommend this center for anyone and everyone!”
“OH, how we LOVE Wonder! Wonder is an amazing, warm, diverse, supportive and inclusive community. We love the playground, filled with sensory stations and something to climb and explore in every corner! Nurturing teachers, thoughtfully designed classrooms and an in-depth curriculum that puts the child’s social emotional well-being first. The teachers are truly attuned to each student, supporting their individual needs and learning styles. I love picking my daughter up and getting all kinds of fun details and stories about her day from her teachers. The parent community has been an incredible source of support and a total joy! We feel so lucky to have found this treasure!! I toured so many preschools and none even came close!”
“Wonder is an extremely special place and is so much more than just a school—it’s a community full of welcoming, inclusive, nurturing, caring and considerate teachers and staff. After recently relocation from the east coast and somewhat hectically trying to find the “right” place, we visited Wonder and knew right away that this was it. The whole team at Wonder was responsive, informative, helpful and flexible to our specific needs through the decision making process and they still are to this day. Our 2 kids love every day they spend at Wonder and always come home with a new song, story or lesion to teach us. Their teachers give each child an impressive amount of individual attention and have worked directly with us to focus on their specific needs when necessary. The kids adore them teachers and talk about them all the time at home. The school also offers all sorts of special programs to help parents bring home some of the tools and language they use in the classrooms. We have formed amazing friendships with classmates and parents alike and could not be happier to be a part of the Wonder community!”
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