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!
Mission & Core Values: At Wonder we work in partnership with students, families, and our staff to create and sustain an environment of acceptance, growth, collaboration, and friendship. Through dynamic, research-driven early education, we maximize learning potentials so that each child and their family can experience the proven long term social-emotional and academic benefits of quality early learning. As a leading early childhood education center, our mission is fulfilled by our core values of care, innovation, integrity, fun, education, and community.
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!
Call us today for a virtual or in-person 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 daily health screening, 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. 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 participate in our afternoon program, either virtually or in-person (when available), 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:
*Half day afternoon program (1:00pm-5:00pm) & extended care subject to availability
The below indicated fees are required per student according to the following due dates:
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!
Our family has tried 3 different preschools and Wonder was the only one to create a nurturing space for our daughter to explore, create, and learn. To call it a preschool would be undervaluing what Wonder has to offer: a community that extends beyond the classroom enabling all children of every type to excel. Thank you for all that you’ve done!
Wonder Preschool is one of the most magical places on earth. The kindness, patience and light are palpable upon entering the school. We are forever grateful for our Wonder family. My son had challenges with eating as an infant and toddler, and the teachers at Wonder have helped him to gain confidence, and strength, while learning to find the joy of eating with his peers, all the while never making him feel singled out or left out. Every single teacher we have had in our sons classroom has been a 'unicorn'. The caliber of teaching at Wonder, is really beyond any preschool I have ever seen. The teachers are SO dedicated to their students, and to introducing the students to the magic of life through play, hands on sensory exploration, dramatic play, song, dance, books, and even awesome field trips. I have learned a lot as a parent from our Wonder family of teachers and administrators, and my son has transformed since starting into an inquisitive, creative, joyous young boy. IT is truly my greatest joy as a parent to be able to drop him off everyday knowing he is not only safe, and cared for, but is thriving in this magical place. Thank you WONDER PRESCHOOL!!!!
"Our son has been enrolled at Wonder since age 2 and he loves it! The teachers and staff are wonderful, professional, dedicated and an absolute joy. They truly CARE about the children and have provided invaluable insight and help with early development milestones and any challenges that have come our way; tantrums, sharing, new siblings, etc. Everything about Wonder is fantastic and I cannot praise the staff or the school highly enough."
At Wonder we feel safe. They understand my concerns regarding the pandemic and they meet each family where they are at. I know that when my child is at school every precaution to keep her healthy is considered. My eldest son also graduated from Wonder and the only word that comes to mind about his experience is AMAZING! My daughter continues to thrive and our family has made forever friends at Wonder. In this difficult time, we deeply appreciate Wonder for ALL you 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!”
A landscape of fun, Wonder’s outdoor playground is the ultimate location for your child’s birthday party! Slide, jump, play, create, and explore in this child-friendly environment where party-goers squeal in delight. Basic Party Rate: $350 for 3 hours/ One Extra Hour of Space Rental $100
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Step 1: Fill out application
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Join Wonder’s dynamic team of highly skilled professionals and receive fantastic employment perks, while making a collective difference in the lives of staff, students, and parents! We offer extensive onboarding training and mentorship, within a supportive, rewarding and fun work environment. Grow and learn from our multidisciplinary team and contribute to our mission of providing high quality, play-based early education services within a FUN, family-centered environment! For additional information regarding current employment opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office of Smile+Wonder at (323) 644-9380. We look forward to growing together!