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In search of high-quality preschool for all

Original post made on Sep 14, 2012

With a Stanford University education and decades of hands-on experience with kids, Carol Thomsen is something of an expert on the education of toddlers. Armed with little more than her experience and a belief in the transformative power of high-quality preschool, Thomsen is now seeking a venue to launch a mixed-income preschool like no other.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, September 16, 2012, 9:29 AM

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Posted by Dana A
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Teacher Carol is one of the most wonderful teachers any child (or parent) could ask for. My daughter had teacher Carol for her first year at nursery and what a wonderful year it was! I am so grateful for teacher Carol to have given my daughter a wonderful start in her long journey of learning. I hope that many children of all income levels would get to experience teacher Carol's school and classroom.


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Posted by Heather Hopkins
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Way to go, Carol! I hope people read this and help make Kelima a reality with a charitable donation. www.kelimaschool.org.


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Posted by village fool
a resident of another community
on Sep 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Please, start recruiting preschoolers from the families who's teens are the most angry ones - check some VTP families (not all, of course). Teens have good reasons to be angry. Way "things" are going - it is too late for most of teens, unfortunately. Could, and should have been different. Even now.
Maybe start with angry teens's siblings? I'm hoping to see the affluent part of the area sending their kids, knowing that play dates can involve a drive to the other side. Knowing that their kids will not be surrounded during the day by "the same type" of kids.
Good luck!! Bravo!


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Posted by Tyler Hanley
digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on Sep 17, 2012 at 11:15 am

Tyler Hanley is a registered user.

The following comment was moved from a duplicate thread:

Posted by Mary, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, 24 hours ago:

"I wish Carol Thomsen much success in her endeavor. All young children deserve a top-notch pre-school. She is right that the lack of access in poor neighborhoods is a crime. With 25 years of experience teaching Early Childhood Education in low socio-economic neighborhoods I have seen it first hand."


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