Best Preschool in San Jose at Cottle Road

Program/Center Detail

We offer following programs

Infant Tuition (ages 0-24M)
  • Theme Based Curriculam
  • Learning through Play
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Motor Development
  • Social,Emotional,Physical Development
  • Safe Environment
  • Nurturing Staff
Jr. Preschool & Preschool Tuition (ages 2-4 Years)
  • Theme Based Curriculam
  • Learning through Play
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Motor Development
  • Social,Emotional,Physical Development
  • Safe Environment
  • Nurturing Staff
Pre-K Tuition (ages 4-5 Years)
  • Mother – Goose Curriculam & Themes
  • Whole Child Approach
  • Science,Maths,Social Studies,Phonics & Spelling
  • Literacy Development
  • Personal,Social Independence Skill Building
  • Supportive Environment
  • Creative & Curiosity Encouraged




    (408) 859 6442





    6097 Cottle Road, San Jose, CA 95123

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    Natasha Tolbert - Asst Director/Teacher

    Hi! My name is Ms. Natasha and I have studied a variety of Early Childhood Education (ECE) courses and received certifications from San Jose City College, Evergreen Valley College and DeAnza College.

    I have been working with children for 25+ years – since 1996. From very early on, I knew that I wanted to become an educator and have the opportunity to play such a consequential role in the shaping of young lives and minds. I credit my time as an educator as being one of the most rewarding experiences, I’ve ever been fortunate enough to take part in.

    My hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed and I was promoted to Assistant Director in 2007. As the Assistant Director, I ensure that the facility is a fun and safe place for the children to learn and grow during their time with us. Having such a prominent position within the company also comes with having responsibilities of the utmost importance. Not only does the Assistant Director aid the Director with the day-to-day operations of the center, I’m also tasked with and entrusted to carry out the managing of the staff, interactions with the parents and maintaining children’s files.

    My time as an educator has taught me the importance of upholding (5) qualities that are vital in teaching young children. Being loving, observant, open-minded, passionate and patient have all played influential roles in my career. I love all of my students, every child that I have worked with holds a special place in my heart. I’m observant and quick to notice things and act on them accordingly. Being open-minded allows me to understand that every child is special and unique in their own ways. Having a passion for education grants me the ability to always look for new ways to reach and teach my students. Lastly, having patience means that I am always keeping the end goal in mind – I will patiently encourage and redirect my students in all aspects of their learning for the best outcomes.

    Andrea Melendrez

    My name is Andrea Melendrez and I have been working with young children for the last 25 years, specifically with infants for the last 15. I come from a family of educators with my mother being a Instructional Associate for young special needs kids and my dad teaching design and graphics at the local city college, so from a very young age I knew that I wanted to impact young lives so I decided to start volunteering at my local boys and girls club at the age of 16. Once I became of legal age to work with children I was offered a job at the before and after school program on site at my old elementary school. This is where my love for working with kids really began developing. I was told by my supervisor that I was a natural fit and with some encouragement I began my ECE journey. I worked my way up the ladder learning the ins and outs of working with children. After working at that same center for 5 years I decided I needed a change of pace and wanted some new experiences. I left the before and after school program and was hired at a full day preschool where I would be working with kids ranging from 2 years to pre kindergarten age children. This was a new realm for me but I decided to jump right in. I did this for almost 3 years, learning all that it takes to properly care for and educate the little young minds that were in my care. Working with them really helped me identify and relate to the inner child in me and has given me a new perspective on the young mind. At this point in my life I was happy in my career but decided to start working on having a family and I became pregnant with my first of three children with my husband. In October of 2005 I was hired at Familiar Footsteps as a toddler assistant. After working in that department for a little over a year I decided to go back and finish my teaching credential and as soon as I was finished I was given the opportunity to become Head of the Infant Department which I absolutely love and am still here today but now as a Tulip Kids Academy team member.

    Vicki Collins

    My name is Vicki Collins and I am an Infant and Toddler Teacher.  After receiving my ECE credits from South Lake Tahoe College in the early 2000’s, I found myself here in San Jose.  After choosing a different career path to support myself and my family, I found myself back in the classroom in 2012.  I am also currently an Instructional Assistant for Special Needs Students at multiple schools in the Oak Grove School District.  As a young adult, my experiences with children influenced my decision to become a teacher.  I love children and have always preserved my inner child.

    Veronicah Ortiz

    My name is Veronicah Ortiz and I have been teaching for over 20 years.  Teaching has always been a passion for me, as is learning from my students as well.  I think it is important to make playtime meaningful and learning playful.  As a parent myself, I understand how to address many issues that parents may have when it comes to selecting a school for their child.  I strive to be as resourceful as I can be, so that I can spend less time searching for materials and more time with my students.  I enjoy teaching in a hand’s on approach giving them skills that they will need in Kindergarten and beyond.  I am very honored to have such a fulfilling career

    Cynthia Garza

    My name is Cynthia Garza.  I’ve worked in childcare for over 28 years.  I started with Santa Clara County, which is where I began my career as a Paraeducator for the County working with special needs children.  I learned that this was my calling.  I enjoy educating these young minds, molding them to be their full potential.  Preparing them for the rest of their lives; from learning numbers, colors and shapes.  To sharing, kindness, being nice to their peers, this is the foundation we are setting for these little people.  It is amazing to see the difference we make in their lives.  I still see kids I’ve worked with now as young adults and them remembering me and sharing their memories of preschool makes my heart full

    Kelley Sproat

    Hi my name is Kelley and I have been in the educational field for over 20 years.  I currently work as an Administrative Assistant for the Preschool, taking care of all bookkeeping, payroll and other miscellaneous duties for the last 16 years.  I love interacting with all the children and look forward to seeing their little faces every day, especially when I walk in the door and I’m greeted with “Hi Miss Kelley”.  I also am employed with the local school district as an Administrative Assistant to the Principal of a middle school. I’ve been employed there for over 20 years.  Every year I always see someone that has come from the preschool to my middle school and enjoy getting to reconnect with them as an older child.  I love being a part of the preschool family and seeing all of the children and teachers learn and grow together.