About Us

At Intercommunal Pre-School we believe that a partnership with parents provides the most effective school.  We are committed to providing experiences through hands on activities that are challenging and encourage creativity, curiosity, and help each child develop their full potential.    

Our Pre School Curriculum is taught by Early Childhood Education Teachers, whose credentials are vested by The State of California.

We serve nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack daily.

Our below market rates support our original values that quality childcare should be affordable.

Our History

On July 10, 1972 when very few childcare centers were in existence and almost none were available for low income families, Intercommunal Survival School, opened with ten children.  It was a free, community-based child development center founded on the philosophy that all children deserve free, quality childcare and development opportunities. For two years, the school operated from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. free of charge to low income parents, serving three meals a day and guiding children in growing and learning.  Parents, friends and community members who believed in the program gave generously of their money, time and energy to keep the school open. ​

From 1972-1978, the staff and friends of Survival School wrote grants and searched for money from many sources. They held bake sales, rummage sales, fashion shows, raffles and spaghetti dinners. Finally, the school received a CETA (Federal Comprehensive Employment Act) money to pay staff, and a grant from the Peninsula Community Foundation assisted for operating expenses.

Then just over 6 years from its opening day, in October of 1978, Intercommunal Survival School was awarded a state grant and became State Funded Child Development Center, serving 17 children of low to moderate income families.


Intercommunal Pre-School has always valued the help of volunteers. In 1980, it was parents of the program along with community members who took shovels in hand and dug out the basement to create a 2nd classroom for 12 additional children.   One parent, a plumber, installed the sprinkler system, another supervised the concrete work, while others painted, built fences, laid vinyl floors, insulated walls and put up sheet rock. This truly was a great achievement.


Today we are licensed for 29 children in two beautiful classrooms and still flourish with the help of volunteers.  

Meet Our Teaching Team

Mindy Camacho



Joined Intercommunal Pre-School in July 2011. She has been in the field of Early Childhood Education (ECE) since 1987. She has an Associate Degree in Behavioral Science, over 50 units in ECE, and a BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Family Studies. She also has an ECE Program Director Permit, from the California Department of Teacher Credentialing, with a specialization in Infant and Toddlers. She volunteers as a professional growth adviser for ECE teachers in San Mateo County who need to renew their Teaching Permits. Mindy is married, and lives in Pacifica. She has two adult children, one of which is in college.

“I love being a director and working with children, parents and teachers."  

Alejandra Espinoza



Joined Intercommunal Preschool in 2014 as a volunteer High School Student and began working as Teachers aide a year later. She is now one of the Blue Jay Teachers. Alejandra has an Associate Teacher Permit and is continuing her education in the field of ECE. She is Bi-lingual in English/Spanish. Alejandra lives in the neighborhood with her mom, and her younger brother & sister.

“The children are great. I love doing activities with them and teaching them."

Sandra Vultao

Teacher Assistant


Joined Intercommunal Preschool in August 2016 as a part time Teacher’s Aide. She now works full time and is the primary Teacher’s Assistant for the Deers classroom as well as the Kitchen Coordinator. She has begun to take ECE classes and plans to take at least one ECE class a semester then apply for her Associate Teacher Permit. Sandra is tri-Lingual in Portuguese, English, and Spanish. Sandra is a mom with 4 children and lives nearby.

“I really enjoy the kids and love helping out around the school.”

Jennifer Hill



Joined Intercommunal Preschool in January 2019 as one of the Blue Jay Teachers. She has her Teachers’ Permit and has been an educator since 2013. Jennifer continues to take classes and is working toward her AA degree. She loves doing science with the children as well as singing and dancing.

“I love being a teacher, the kids make me smile and laugh every day.”


We are currently hiring another Preschool Teacher so we can serve more families from our waitlist. If you are committed to the field of ECE and love working with children and their families, we invite you to email your resume to the director, Mindy Camacho.

713 2nd Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401


Email: intercommunal@att.net

Phone: (650) 347-0463

HOURS: M-F 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM

        * Limited hours Due to Covid-19

           8 AM to 4:30 PM