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THE GIST

IN THE BEGINNING

Crystal began her career by working in Admissions at Brentwood School. It was during this experience that she saw a need for quality preschools in Los Angeles. She came home one day with an idea and drew floorplans on a napkin… literally. A year and a half later, in 2009, Cassidy Preschool opened in Santa Monica. Leaving Cassidy in 2013, the vision continued as Piper and opened in January 2014. We now have two campuses… Santa Monica and Los Angeles.

We’ve seen how friends become family and how a preschool is the perfect setting to make more. Whether it’s to grab a coffee, schedule a play date, or plan a vacation, community is at our core. As a new parent or a parent of many, Piper is a place to share worries, seek advice, and celebrate the wins. The decision to share these intimate years of your child’s life with us isn’t taken lightly. We’re humbled by your trust and can’t wait for your family to join ours.

THE PIPER PHILOSOPHY

Developmental or Academic, right? Yes, that’s the hot question… but only part of it. In terms of an educational philosophy, we created a blended approach. Beginning with an emergent curriculum, children are gradually exposed to components of traditional education as they progress through the school. We think, we re-think, we create, and we listen. We do what makes sense, and promise never to become complacent.

The Piper philosophy, however, extends beyond the curriculum. We love what we do, and put our hearts into every detail. Our administration consists of seven… three former parents, one current, one former teacher, an expert in our wide-spread community, and an all-star who had thirty years on us before we broke ground. As for our teachers, they are our village… the one it takes. And boy, are they amazing.

 

We also try to live by four very basic principles found in a book called The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. While it isn’t always easy, we expect it of ourselves and encourage it from others. These are the four principles that have carried us through some tough times… and made the good ones even better.

  • BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD

    Speak with integrity. Mean what you say, say what you mean, and don’t gossip. Secrets don’t make friends.

  • DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY

    Nothing others do is because of you, so try not to worry about things you can’t control. Let it ride, take the high road, and stay positive.

  • DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS

    Ask questions, dig a little deeper, and express what you really want. Communicate as clearly as possible… and check your ego at the door.

  • ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST

    No matter what you do, where you are, or who you know… just do your best. Do what’s right, and you’ll never be in the wrong.