Acorn to Oak is a play-based and nature-focused program that preserves the magic of childhood in an inclusive and natural environment. We serve children ages 3 months to 5 years and have two campuses located in Sacramento's Arden neighborhood.


2661 Northrop Avenue

Northrop Classrooms


(infant - walking)


(walking - 2 years)


(2 - 3 years)


(3 years - Kindergarten)

3541 San Lucas Way & 660 Watt Ave

San Lucas & Watt Classrooms


(infant - walking)


(walking - 2 years)


(walking - 2 years)


(2-3 years)


(2-3 years)


(3-4 years)


(3-4 years)


(4-5 years)


(2-3 years)

Our Mission

Acorn to Oak Nursery and Preschool strives to create a welcoming and accepting community for children that inspires a persistent love of learning, enriches the imagination, and brings nature into the rhythm of daily life. Our philosophy draws inspiration from the beauty and nature of Waldorf, the emergent curriculum of Reggio Emilia, and the child-focused learning of Montessori.

Preschool Curriculum

Our curriculum is play-based and nature-focused with specific inspiration from Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia. 

From Waldorf we bring the idea that children's imaginations and creativity should be free to explore, using open-ended materials and nature as our backdrop for learning. 

From Montessori we incorporate respect for children as capable individuals, and allow them to problem solve through hands-on learning experiences.

Finally, Reggio Emilia brings the idea that the curriculum should evolve constantly, and should revolve around the child's interests - and should never be manufactured and forced down by adults.

Infant & Toddler Philosophy

Our infant and toddler philosophy is based on Magda Gerber's 10 Principles of Care Giving.


Francesca and Isobel are sisters who share a passion for early childhood education. They both have their Master’s Degree from Pacific Oaks in Early Childhood Education, and are fully-qualified directors as well as infant and preschool teachers. Francesca completed her thesis study on emergent literacy in early childhood and Isobel studied children’s use of the outdoor play space for her thesis study. Francesca and Isobel are proud to be able to share their program and philosophy with the community. 

Tuition Rates

Infant/Toddlers (3 months -2 yrs)

5 Days: $2,010

3 Days (M/W/F): $1,682

2 Days (T/Th): $1,517

Preschool (2-5 years)

5 Days: $1,665

3 Days (M/W/F): $1,392

2 Days (T/Th): $1,256

All prices listed are in USD and due monthly.

Get In Touch

We are currently fully enrolled at both campuses, but we welcome families to join our waitlist. We will reach out to schedule tours if/when it looks like new spots will open up for a specific age group. Please click here to join the waitlist