It's Not Too Late to Support Little Lights Preschool in 2017!

Along with celebrating Jesus' birthday this time of year we are also excited to celebrate Little Light Preschool's birthday as well! With so many new friendships and exciting happenings around the school it's hard to believe that we have already been open 12 full months this January 2018.

We are so proud of our first year of school here at Little Lights. We’ve certainly spent important time loving, learning, playing and praying with our friends. 

If you feel so moved and interested in making a donation at the close of this year, it would be very appreciated and the money would be used wisely. Donations help fund academic and extracurricular activities such as science experiments, outdoor play toys, art supplies and more. All monies raised goes directly back to the school to help cover these costs. Our school has steadily grown and thrives, but we could also use a little help as well. 

As one new parent mentioned, “Little Lights really is heaven because it is small, loving and our son feels so safe."

Thank you to our generous donors thus far, we couldn't do it without you. To donate online simply click here on the website. Or to write a check please send it to Little Lights Preschool C/O The First United Methodist Church, 1660 Arbor Way, Turlock, CA. 95380

Interested in seeing how your generous donations are put to work? Please just let us know and we'll be happy to schedule a tour at the end of the school day. Thank you and Happy New Year!


We are loving, learning, playing and praying! 

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Miss Beth comes to LLP from Sacred Heart Preschool. Once again she is co-teaching in the classroom with Miss Sandy. Miss Beth also facilitates the Enrichment Afternoon Program and is the ultimate preschool teacher...sweet, kind, loving, nurturing, the list goes on! We feel so blessed to have her with us. 

What's New at Little Lights Preschool


The school year is right around the corner and the staff at Little Lights Preschool is eagerly waiting for it to start! We’ve been busy planning activities, working on lesson plans and much more. Our teaching team plans to make this a fun and exciting school year for you and your children!
At Little Lights Preschool, we believe every student should receive personalized attention. Our class sizes have a low teacher-to-student ratio of 1:6! How do we make this work? By assigning two educators to co-teach every class. Miss Carol and Miss Nicole G. will be co-teaching the 3’s class, and the 4’s class will be taught by Miss Nicole T. and Miss Sandy.

We are pleased to welcome Miss Sandy to Little Lights Preschool! She comes to us with many years of preschool expertise and holds a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Stanislaus and a Master Teacher Permit earned at Modesto Junior College. Outside of the classroom, Miss Sandy enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren, and when she needs to get out of town, you can find her taking a stroll through Monterey Beach.

We are also very excited about our new extended day. From 8 - 8:30 AM and 3:30 - 4 PM  we will be offering supervised open free play. We hope this will help to accommodate our busy parents!

Our play yard keeps getting cuter and cuter!
Can you guess the work in progress? 

Fun & Important Upcoming
Dates to Remember

Why Little Lights Preschool This Fall?


Are you still deciding where to send your kiddo to preschool this Fall? We have a few spots still available that we're looking to fill for our Fall Semester in our 3's, 4's and Pre-K classes and here’s why we would love for you to please consider Little Lights!

Family-oriented, caring & loving! Since we’re a small school that is focused on family, our preschool families often create life-long bonds that continue well past pre-school years. Play dates, seasonal family activities and field trips are all part of the experience!
Low teacher to student ratio of 1:6! For every one teacher, six students receive personalized and individualized attention. We are able to provide caring instruction according to each student’s growth and development.
Small school and class sizes! With only one hallway and three classrooms, we believe that we can provide a safer, more personalized educational experience. The smaller class sizes allow our teachers and staff to be involved in all aspects of your child's development.  
Chapel program! We’ve developed a sweet little chapel program meant for the children to relate to their everyday lives. We have daily chapel lessons in the classroom and weekly lessons in the church sanctuary. 
Curriculum! Our educational curriculum is based on Zoo-Phonics, Touch Math, Science and creative projects.  
Other fun and developmental activities!
 We're focused on helping to develop social skills including listening, problem solving, following directions and paying attention. Oh, and lots of music and large muscle activities too!
To schedule a tour or reserve your spot please contact our director, Carol Matzkind at or (209) 585-0632.

Fun & Important Upcoming Dates to Remember

Parents & Friends - Please Save the Date!

Our first Little Lights Preschool fundraiser, Bistro Bites for Little Lights, is coming up on August 23rd, 2017. The fun adult evening out will take place at Bistro 234 in downtown Turlock. More info to come!


Little Lights Preschool Parents Info Night - May 16th


Parents, please join our director Carol Matzkind to learn more about our budding preschool and educational curriculum on Tuesday, May 16th from 6-6:45PM. 

Carol will be reviewing our 3's, 4's and Pre-K curriculum goals and new daily schedule. In addition, we'll be sharing our vision for chapel and holiday programs, parent teacher conferences and field trips. 

Carol will be happy to answer any questions. Childcare will not be provided, however kids are always welcome inside our doors! The event will take place at Little Lights Preschool, located at the First United Methodist Church, 1660 Arbor Way, Turlock, CA 95380. 

If you are unable to attend, but wish to be added to our e-newsletter list please email Event questions can be directed to Additional registration and tuition information can we be found on the Little Lights Preschool website.  

Please bring a friend! 


Little Lights Preschool Newsletter 4.26.17


Our darling preschool has been open for almost three months and we’ve been so blessed to welcome the community, meet new friends, grow and learn together. Our students have been hard at work learning shapes, colors, cooking, science projects and of course playing on the super-fun new outdoor play structure! Teachers Nicole Tucker and Nicole Gorostidi have been hard at work with the students, and it is truly a blessing to experience the growth of our Little Lights children. We are loving everyday and feel so lucky to have such a wonderful Little Lights community supporting us. Thank you!

Meet Our New Director, Carol Matzkind!

Carol Matzkind comes to us with a wealth of preschool experience and a very strong background in Christian preschool education. She worked with St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Modesto for more than twenty-five years. She was a teacher for her first five years and then took over as Director for the next twenty years. In March of 2016, Carol helped start Grace Academy Christian Preschool and became its Director, after St. Paul’s Episcopal Church had to close its preschool because of unrelated difficulties. Carol has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and has completed additional studies in Early Childhood Development. She is married, lives in Turlock and has three grown children. Carol can be reached by email at carol.matzkind@littlelightsturlock.orgWelcome Carol! 

Spring has sprung and Summer is just around the corner! Time for some fun! Our four-week camp starts May 30th and runs through June 30th for 3's, 4's and 5 year olds. Camp is the perfect way to become acquainted with our school! The curriculum will be an extension of our year-round “play based” curriculum, while including summertime fun activities with outdoor water activities, science experiments, cooking, daily art and music. Pricing per month is $380 for a 5-day half day and $225 for 3-day half day camp from 8:30AM-12:30PM. If you are looking for afternoon care it is available from 12:30-3:30PM. Be sure to reserve your spot ASAP! More details are on the website!

Are you interested in enrolling your child in a kindergarten preparation program this Fall? Starting this Fall semester Little Lights will be offering “Pre-K!” Pre-K will be a structured five-day per week curriculum. Both full and half day options are available. Students must turn 4 years old by September 1st, 2017 to be eligible for Pre-K. If this is something that is of interest to you and you have an age-appropriate child please be sure and contact Carol right away to reserve your spot!

Mommy & Me!

We are having so much fun making new friends – both mommies, daddies and kiddos every Friday from 9-10AM during our Mommy & Me class! Our next 9-week session starts on Friday, April 28th! Be sure to email to save your spot! 

Each class includes group play, an art project, story time and singing. The children’s ages range from 15 months up to 3 years. This is a wonderful opportunity for kiddos to become acquainted with our school atmosphere, while still enjoying the comforts of mom and dad. Grandparent, sitter or guardian welcome too! Please join us! First class is always free! Please click here to learn more.


Love Little Lights?
Interested in becoming a donor? 

We would not be able to complete this outreach mission without the generosity of our congregation and surrounding community. We are offering two ways to participate. The first is our Noah’s Ark inspired “Animal Wall Kingdom” Donor Wall, which will be painted soon! Generous donations will be acknowledged as part of our hallway décor with an animal painted and named in your honor. The second is our Helping Hand Donation. For every $100 received a hand will be painted in your honor. Click HERE to learn more!