About Us

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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.

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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

Director

 

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."  

Nancy Ramirez

Teacher

 

Bio coming soon.

Allison Lee

Teacher

 

Teacher Allison Lee joined Intercommunal Preschool in May 2021 as the Deer Classroom Teacher. She

has her BA in Child Development, a Teacher’s Permit, and, over 17 years of experience with children

ages infants – school age. She is a mom of 2 Elementary age children and is bilingual in English and

Cantonese. Allison loves the preschool age, and she can be found doing art, science, and music with

the kids in her class.

“With the children, I enjoy exploring with different materials in sensory bins, as well as going on

neighborhood and nature walks”

Jennifer Harris

Teacher Assistant

 

After subbing for a couple months, Jennifer joined Intercommunal Preschool in May 2022 as a TA.  She has taken one ECE Class and hopes to take more in the future.  Jennifer has worked with children of all ages for a total of 15 years.   She is married and lives with her husband and 3 children, 2 who are attending an elementary school here in San Mateo and one adult child, who is taking classes at a local JC. If Jen, is not in the classroom, she is in the kitchen lending a hand or in the director's office helping with admin

 

"I enjoy playing with the children and helping the teachers manage the classroom" 

Gabby Shurtleff

Practicum Student Teacher

 

Bio coming soon.

Rosa ChinChilla

Kitchen coordinator and Floating Teacher´s aide

 

Bio coming soon.

TEACHING POSITION AVAILABLE.

We are hiring for a part time School Assistant.  ECE units are not required.  Must be Bi-lingual English/Spanish.  For consideration, please contact the director,  Mindy Camacho