When a child delights in learning, the door is opened to a lifetime of discovery.
We help children blossom intellectually and emotionally while having fun along the way.
At Knollwood, we believe that children are happiest and most engaged when they have opportunities to succeed each day. Our curriculum fosters exploration, interaction, and self-confidence through hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities in a safe and nurturing environment.
We promote the social, emotional, and intellectual growth of our students, with the goal of creating a positive sense of self-worth and independence in each individual child. Diverse religious, cultural, and family structures are respected and welcomed at Knollwood.
We see ourselves as partners with you, as parents, in raising your precious children during their critical early childhood. We look forward to sharing the joy and wonder of these special years with you.
2, 3, 4, and 5-year olds
Spanish & American Sign Language
Small school with remarkable 1:7 teacher-student ratio
Family owned since 1973
Focus on language development & reading readiness programs
Staff with degrees in early childhood education and 5-20 years experience
What Parents Are Saying
How can I put into words what you have meant to us? It is truly priceless when parents never have to worry about the care and love their children receive when they are away from us. That gift you gave us cannot be appreciated enough. Thank you for taking the best care or our babies!
Thank you for all the love, guidance and teaching you have given to all 3 of our children over the last 8 years and for helping to shape and mold our kids into these amazing little people. We won’t forget you!
In two years I have never doubted that my daughter has been left in the best hands each day. I know in my heart that no place else could have better prepared her for her journey ahead.
This school is the hidden diamond of the Valley, My girls were not only taught the necessary tools to onto kindergarten, but the teachers gave them the affectionate love they needed. It’s the dynamic among all the teachers that makes everything great.
Thank you so much for all of the wonderful years at Knollwood. I felt such as sense of happiness and peace when I dropped my son off at your school. You have created the most wonderful program I could ever imagine. I am so thankful that he had you to teach and care for him from the time he was only two years old. He was loved and learned so much.
All of your kindness and compassion creates a safe, inviting, and fun atmosphere for learning. Children blossom at Knollwood and parents feel comfortable. Thank you for coming along side us and supporting us while we raise our little one. Knollwood has set a high standard for all his schooling to follow.
You are family to us. Thank you for being so kind and loving to our children and us. We are beyond grateful and are incredibly thankful for sharing so much love with our family.
Tuition & Enrollment
(7am - 6pm)
5 Days - $803
3 Days - $598
2 Days - $457
(9am - 2:45pm)
5 Days - $651
3 Days - $478
2 Days - $336
(9am - 12noon)
5 Days - $483
3 Days - $373
2 Days - $294
Knollwood observes California public school holidays. Please note these dates and plan vacation days or outside child care accordingly.
An annual, non-refundable $80 materials fee, separate from tuition, is due at registration.
A $25 monthly charge will apply to children in diapers.
A 10% tuition discount is offered for siblings.
Tuition payments are due between the 1st and 5th of each month. Statements will not be sent. If account becomes delinquent, special arrangements must be made with the office or a late fee will be charged.
2 weeks written notice is required for enrollment termination. Otherwise, 2 weeks tuition is due.
Occasional extended childcare may be arranged at $6/hour. Please call the school to arrange this service.
Completed health and emergency forms must be returned by your child's first day of school.
Please download our application. Completed forms can be mailed to:
Knollwood Preschool & Kindergarten
17034 Parthenia St.
Northridge, CA 91325
Founding & History
For more than 40 years, Knollwood Preschool & Kindergarten has educated the children of the San Fernando Valley with its warm, dedicated staff. Prior to founding Knollwood in 1973, Del and Betsy Stelck owned and operated four previous schools.
Dr. Del Stelck was among the founding faculty at San Fernando Valley State College. The small school grew into the renowned California State University, Northridge, where Del became a distinguished professor of American history.
Del’s wife, Betsy, began her professional career on radio and early television as the “Story Lady” and hostess of Barn Party on WNBW in Washington, D.C. A ventriloquist, Betsy used her puppets to engage and teach. After her degree in elementary education at Drake University, “Miss Betsy” taught kindergarten, first, and second grades, and continues to bring her original dolls - Cindy Lou and Bosco - to delight youngsters at Knollwood. Miss Betsy also helped organize the Head Start program in 1964, which has directly benefitted more than 25 million preschoolers.
Teachers & Staff
August 12th First Day of School
September 2rd Labor Day (School Closed)
September 25th Vision Screening
TBA Back to School Gathering
October 9th Picture Day
TBA Moms Night Out Potluck
October 31st Halloween Party
November 11th Veterans Day (School Closed)
November 27st Thanksgiving Party
November 28th/29th Thanksgiving (School Closed)
December 20th Holiday Party
December 23rd Day Care
December 24th/25th Holiday Break (School Closed)
December 26th/27th/30th Day Care
December 31st-January 1st (School Closed)
January 2nd School Resumes
January 20th Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (School Closed)
February 14th Valentines Day Party
February 17th Presidents' Day (School Closed)
March 27th Open House
April 6th-10th Spring Break
April 6th-9th Day Care Only
April 10th School Closed
May 25th Memorial Day (School Closed)
June 26th Pre-K Graduation
June 29th-July 2nd Day Care Only
July 6th First Day of Summer Camp
TBD First Day of School 2020/2021 (determined based on LAUSD school calendar)