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About the "Alley"

Children's Alley is a preschool serving children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years. Mary Jo and Jim Marshall have operated the program serving up to 12 children per day since 1983. The program operates on a school year calendar. Families enroll from August to June. (A summer program is usually available based on parents' needs.) The hours of operation are 8:30 - 12:00 with possible extended care to 2:00 PM. Enrollment options are 5 days a week, Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays, or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children’s Alley keeps a gender balance enrollment of 6 boys and 6 girls per day.


Mary Jo Marshall



Interested parents will complete an application form as the first step in the enrollment process. Click on the application button to Download file . We will file your application with other prospective families. When and if we have an opening for a child near your child's age, we may contact you to arrange a visit. We have many more applicants than we can place so visits are not available to all applicants. New spaces for the Fall are usually filled during the Spring before that school year.

The first visit is arranged so that children and families can inspect the environment and speak with the teachers. The facility is a cottage in the rear of the residence and is equipped completely as a preschool. Learning materials occupy areas for art, blocks, science, music, dramatic play, manipulatives and language arts. The Children’s Alley cottage has a separate Alley entrance and a completely equipped outdoor large motor play area including a tire swing, sand box, water play, construction and climbing equipment.


Jim Marshall


Children's Alley phone is (831) 476-4398

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