Joanie Giraudo

The Applebee Preschool was established in 1996 by Joanie Giraudo, in an effort to provide a quality environment in which young children's natural curiosity and creativity are encouraged and developed.  Joanie holds a Child Development Degree from De Anza College and a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. Joanie lives on site with her middle school age daughter and enjoys antique shopping, interior design, hiking, working out, as well as spending time with her daughter, large extended family and friends.


Recognizing that children are capable and competent, we are committed to providing a challenging program of developmentally appropriate activities as well as time for rest and contemplation.  It is our goal to assist each child in his or her development by providing a safe, healthy, and positive environment staffed by warm, compassionate, and knowledgeable people.  The Applebee Preschool is rich with materials which inspire a child to express his/her own thoughts, ideas, and feelings.

Each child will experience the wonders of learning and growing at his or her individual level and pace.  Our program is geared toward helping children develop habits of observation, listening and question-asking.  You will find that all of our daily activities are involved in the developmental process.

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