Acorn to Oak is a Sacramento-based nursery and preschool for children ages 3 months to 5 years. We are currently in our new space at 2661 Northrop Ave, previously occupied by Country Oaks Preschool for over 30 years. We are thrilled to be continuing in the tradition of serving the families in this community, and we are open as of April 1st, 2021.

Fill out the form below to get in touch with us and find out more about joining our waitlist.



(infant - walking)


(walking - 2 years)


(2 - 3 years)


(3 years - Kindergarten)

About Us

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.


Francesca and Isobel are sisters who share a passion for early childhood education. They are both qualified as infant and preschool teachers, and are pursuing a masters degree in Early Childhood Education. Francesca and Isobel are excited to use their experience to create a new space for the children of this community.

Infant & Toddler Philosophy

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

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.

Daily Schedule

Our Acorn room is purely on-demand, while the rest of the classrooms start to fall into a consistent rhythm. The schedule for the day starts with free-play during dropoff. Once most of the children have arrived, we start the day with a morning circle which includes music, movement, and stories. After morning circle, we provide the children with an organic and vegetarian snack. From snack, we move to our morning curriculum which incorporates math, science, art, and language in a play-based and nature-forward environment. Around midday we enjoy lunch brought from home and then settle down for a nap inside. After nap, we provide an afternoon snack and do another curriculum activity before closing the day with an afternoon circle time.

Admission Steps

  1. If you are interested in attending Acorn to Oak, please submit your information on our website form above and we will contact you to schedule a tour.

  2. At the tour, one (or both) of our Directors will sit down with you to discuss our program and your needs.

  3. If there is a spot available and you plan to start in the next three months you will be given an application. Once accepted into the program, we will go over our registration packet and help you fill out the required forms. There will be a one-time enrollment fee of $300 to save your spot.

  4. If there is no spot available immediately or if you want to start more than three (3) months in advance, you can choose to join our waitlist by filling out a waitlist application and submitting a $100 non-refundable waitlist deposit.

Tuition Rates

All prices listed are in USD and due monthly.