We are a Christian enrichment preschool in Atascadero that is open 3 mornings a week during the school year. We offer a fun, hands on, developmental curriculum with a low child to teacher ratio, 6:1 in the 3 year old class, 8:1 in the 4 year old class (compared to the State required 12:1 ratio).
Our desire is for each child to reach their highest potential, so we will come along side each of them and their families to laugh, learn, play, imagine, and love.
We want to reassure you that our classroom environment is clean and safe. As always, we will continue to follow the cleaning/sanitizing/disinfecting guidelines that are recommended by state licensing.
5545 Ardilla Ave
Atascadero, Ca. 93422
Meet the Teachers
My name is Tracy Brown. I am the director and Pre-K teacher. This is my 15th year here at Little Ark. I earned a BA in Child and Family Development from Cal Poly. I have taught and directed preschool, after school programs, and summer day camps. Two of my children attended Little Ark and had wonderful experiences. I have been married 30 years to my husband Mike, a mechanical engineer. We have 3 children: Jake, married and living in Oregon; Riley, married and living in Creston, and Matthew, a senior at Humboldt State.
My name is Jana Diller. I have been the 3-year-old teacher for 24 years. I earned a BA in Speech and Hearing Science from UCSB. I have 3 grown married children, Kellye, Travis, and Elizabeth, and 6 grandchildren with one on the way. My children and my grandchildren attended Little Ark.
My name is Gail Holloway. This is my 17th year here, I have been an aide and a teacher. I completed my child development classes at Cuesta College. I have been married 32 years to my husband John, an electrician. We have 3 children: Ryan, living in Thousand Oaks; Scott, a senior at Chico State; and Lily, a junior at Chico State. They all attended Little Ark.
My name is Linda Menigoz. This is my 12th year working at Little Ark. My two sons attended Little Ark and loved their time here. I earned a BA from Cal Lutheran University, as well as my teaching credentials. I have been married 26 years to my husband Paul, an electrical engineer in SLO. We have 3 children: Noelle, working Cal Poly; Dean, a senior at Cal Poly; and Kent, a sophomore at Chico State.
Our mission is to create a positive impact on the lives of young children in a loving, enriching, Christian educational environment. We want to encourage children in self-discovery, promote in them a confident self-esteem, and nurture them to love God through learning about Him and His world.
Full policy here (PDF; 2021-2022):
Admission Information (Page 1):
Parent's Rights (Page 4):
Child's Health History (Page 2):
Emergency Treatment (Page 5):
Personal Rights (Page 3):
Physician's Report (Page 6):
Days and Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Mornings
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Attending 2 mornings a week, $275.00 per month
Attending 3 mornings a week, $375.00 per month
Tuition will be paid September through May
Example of 3-Year-Old Class Schedule
8:30- 8:45 Free Exploring
8:45- 8:50 Clean-Up
8:50- 9:10 Prayer, Attendance, Servant of the Day, Book
9:10- 9:30 Art/ Craft
9:30- 9:40 Bathroom
9:40- 10:00 Snack
10:00- 10:30 Playground
10:30- 10:40 Bathroom
10:40- 11:00 Circle Time (Flag Salute, Calendar, Bible Time, Nursery Rhymes, Shapes & Colors, Zoophonics)
11:00-11:15 Large and Small Motor Skills (Music, Movement, etc)
11:15- 11:30 Share Time, Prayer, Closing
11:35- 11:45 Table Activities (Playdough, Scissor Practice, Puzzles, etc)
Example of 4-Year-Old Class Schedule
8:00-8:40 Free Exploring
8:40-8:45 Clean up
8:45-9:00 Opening (Prayer, Attendance, Flag)
9:00-9:20 Small Groups
9:20-9:30 Circle Time (Calendar, Book,Songs)
9:30-9:55 Craft and Teaching Time
10:00-10:30 Bathroom and Snack
10:30-10:45 Show and Tell, Bible Story
11:20-11:40 Music and Movement
11:40-11:45 Character Development/Closing
11:45-12:00 Quiet Activities/Pick up