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Saint Raphael Preschool is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year!

Saint Raphael Preschool, partners with parents, community members, the Church, and Saint Raphael School to continue to give our students the Catholic education they each deserve. As the only Catholic Preschool in Marin County, we focus on faith, service and academics.

Mission Statement

Saint Raphael Preschool, rooted in Dominican tradition, is committed to partnering with parents in spiritual, physical, emotional, psychological academic and intellectual development of young children. The preschool provides a safe environment where children can further their awareness of God's love and creation through informal and formal interaction with adults and other children. The preschool supports the growth of the whole child by offering a variety of opportunity to each child. The Catholic preschools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco are committed to the mission of the Church by providing quality, age appropriate learning environments that nurture the development of the whole child. Working with the families, the preschools will focus on preparing the children to be productive citizens.


Saint Raphael Preschool, a non-profit community service, is licensed by the State of California, and is owned and operated by the Archdiocese of San Francisco under the leadership of the Pastor of Saint Raphael Parish. Our Preschool is located in downtown San Rafael and is affiliated with Saint Raphael School, which serves children in kindergarten through eighth grade. We provide a safe, stable and stimulating environment of fun, love, friendship and security for children, without regard to race, religion, or ethnic origins. We encourage the individual development of each child and value each child's individual personality. Children discover the joy of learning by exploring and playing safely and freely in age appropriate activities. Mutual trust and respect are developed using certified, nurturing teachers experienced in early childhood education. Children will interact with people, ideas and material and develop a true sense of community. Emphasis is placed on building moral values, self-esteem, problem solving, academic readiness and lifelong skills.

Gold Award

It is with great pride that Saint Raphael Preschool has been presented the prestigious honor from Marin Child Care Council of the Gold GROWING STRONG AWARD for the dedication to Child Health and Wellness and Quality Child Care!  This helps to emphasize that the staff at St. Raphael Preschool are dedicated to supporting their parents and children to live the best and healthiest lifestyles that they can which will carry on into their futures!



Congratulations to Kathy Damato for being nominated as Teacher of the Year, and Edith Yates for being nominated as Director of the Year from Marin Child Care Council. It was a huge honor to be nominated and recognized among all the Marin County Preschools.

Marin Child Care Council is a strong believer in providing children and families with access to high quality child care. They characterize their work by competency, respect, integrity, and compassion, and it is touching to know that they recognize these qualities in our staff and Preschool.

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Enrichment Programs

Naybahud Youth First Sports!

Naybahud Youth First Sports classes are age appropriate, entertaining sports classes that take common games children know, and add in creativity and enthusiasm to teach fundamental skills that develop coordination, large motor skills, and muscle strength. This program helps children develop a passion for being active with their bodies and expanding their limitless imagination. High energy, non-competitive classes teach children fair play, the principles of sports, and teamwork through age specific games, adventures and positive reinforcement. (

Kimochis: Social-Emotional Development Tool

Can you say Ki-mo-chis? Great, you just learned how to say "feelings" in Japanese! We are learning that everybody has feelings and some feelings are hard to have and some feelings are easy to have. In this curriculum, we will identify the emotions and learn new tools to help each child. Kimochis also help social-emotional, language, and cognitive development, as well as early literacy, creative expression, and appreciation for the arts.

Amber Hines Sing and Dance Along!

Amber Hines preforms music with a "live drum accompaniment that inspired the children to sing, dance and play! Utilizing traditional and contemporary music, games and story, Amber invites a magic that lifts the spirit, builds social emotional literacy and creates community." She worked to strengthen the children's self regulation through breathing exercises and verbal cues, as well as supported their pre-math skills by following a beat.


Scott the Storyteller!

Scott the Storyteller comes for story time. He is a Grammy-nominated songwriter, musician, author, storyteller and puppeteer who uses these talents to entertain and educate children in valuable life lessons such as cooperation, honesty, leadership and compassion. His multi-faceted entertainment background and his passion for working with kids combine for a unique and wonderful experience for young children.

Saint Raphael Preschool’s Annual Summer Program!

Saint Raphael Preschool offers an annual 4-week summer program for children ages 3 years-5 years who are potty trained and will be enrolled in the following school year.  We offer a fun and dynamic curriculum that will be incorporating S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Each week has its’ own fun theme while incorporating S.T.E.M. 

Please contact our Director, Edith Yates, to schedule a tour of our Preschool and to learn more about our Preschool. 


We are located at 1100 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael and are part of St. Raphael Elementary School.

  • When you come for your tour, the gate to the parking lot will be closed, however it is not locked. Please open the gate and drive through, closing the gate behind you.
  • Then, you ring the bell next to the orangish/brown gate and tell them you are here for the preschool. From there, you walk straight and go through the silver gate.
  • You will see blue footprints going up the hill.  Please follow those all the way up to the front door and ring the doorbell so a teacher can let you in.
  • Feel free to call me at 415-456-1702 and I will meet you at the parking lot and escort you to the preschool.
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