In 1977 the Dixie School District leased the Oakview School property to founder, Olga Scharninghausen. Olga founded the school as a play-based preschool, drawing on many theories from those of Reggio-Emilia, Jean Piaget and Maria Montessori, among others. We are proud to be one of the only truly play-based schools left in the area.
In 2019, after 12 years of teaching the TK class at Oakview, Lindsey Toomajian purchased the school and took over as Head of School and Director. Lindsey has a Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies from CSU Chico and countless Early Childhood Education classes from SFSU, COM and SRJC.
We are fortunate to have many talented teachers who have been teaching at Oakview for years, some for 10+ years. They are dedicated Early Childhood Education professionals and keep polished by attending conferences, workshops and classes. All teachers have the core 12 ECE units, at a minimum, and are CPR and first aid certified.
Our mission is to nurture childrens’ desire to create, explore and grow in a safe and supportive environment that offers them comfort and room to push their own boundaries. We are a play-based preschool providing experiences for children to explore and discover at their own pace. Oakview Preschool paves the foundation for confident, curious, kind and empathetic learners, allowing for growth into socially aware, problem solvers of the future!
Oakview Preschool is founded with the idea that each child should be met where they are at in their journey on any given day. They should be seen as a whole person, with their own ideas, hopes, fears, tendencies, style, capabilities and temperament. Each day we show up a different person than the last, and a different person than the next. We are growing, changing and blossoming into the person we are destined to become.
Drawing on bits of various schools of thought, from Rudolf Steiner to Jean Piaget, we believe play is the key to fostering natural born explorers and problem solvers. As teachers, we take this job very seriously, as we know how fragile childhood is and how instrumental preschool is in laying the foundation to create lifelong learners, well-rounded citizens and critical thinkers. We believe that childhood should be cherished and youth should be preserved. This is why we stand solid in our belief of play-based preschool education and “letting kids be kids.”
By engaging all the senses and modalities of learning we believe we can meet each child’s needs and provide a safe environment for them to spread their wings and take flight. From outside time, where children converse in the sandbox, to mastering a two-wheel bike, to inside story groups and science exploration, we are seeing the “future change makers” navigate a whole new world. At Oakview there is a place for everyone to thrive and our teachers allow children to find their potential and dive just a little deeper.
"When I started my daughter at Oakview at 2 1/2, she had only stayed with family and was very quiet and reserved with new people. Teacher Cheryl scooped her right up and she was instantly at home away from home. Over the past 3 years we have been so grateful to Teacher Eileen and Teacher Lindsey who encouraged her and helped her to flourish and grow into the confident 5 year old that she is. The staff creates a clean, orderly, and warm environment that also allows the kids the freedom to create, run, and play. Thank you Lindsey and all of the Oakview staff!"
“My kids are excited to go to school every day and never want me to pick them up early from after care! They have truly thrived at Oakview and we couldn't be more grateful to have found such a wonderful preschool and community”
— Christine C.