Little House Preschool

Community Subscriber

Richmond, CA

To see Department of Social Services records on this facility, click on its DSS Facility License # below.

Home-Based Daycare/Preschool
DSS Facility License #
Patricia Lima
(510) 860-2168, text to book a phone chat or tour [at]
Richmond/El Cerrito border
Maximum Capacity:
Language(s) Spoken:
Ages Served:
24 months - 72 months
Monthly Cost:
7:45am - 5:30pm
Additional Services & Features:
Afternoon option,
Part-time available,
Pre-K program,
Subsidized program,
Special diet support,
Potty training support,
Special needs support
Editors' Notes:
  • July 2022: licensed capacity increased from 8 to 14
About the Program:

Play-based full inclusion preschool with 1:4 ratio. Head Teacher with Early Childhood Special Ed credential and highly trained staff. Enrichment by Early Childhood Occupational and Speech Therapists. Outdoor classrooms with focus on science, art and socio-emotional skills. Social thinking, social communication curriculum, yoga, individualized curriculum based on each child's strengths and areas for growth. Group units based on students' interests. Kinder prep for 4-year-olds supported by developmentally appropriate practices. Head teacher/director is former curriculum developer at Lawrence Hall of Science, with MA in Counseling and experience leading general education and special education preschool classrooms in private and public schools. Besides leading Little House, Patricia is currently also a part time Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant in private and government-funded preschools. 

**(Please note, students starting to attend the program before August 2024, qualify for current rates for year 2023/2024: $1350, $1850)

NEW RATES School Year 2024 / 2025 **

-Morning Part Time:  7:45 AM through 12:00 PM - $1,550 (monthly, 5x weekly)

-Full Time: 7:45 AM-through 5:30 PM- $2,000 (monthly, 5 x weekly)

-Afternoon/Afterschool- 12:00 PM through -5:30 PM- $1,350 (monthly, 5x weekly)

Parent Reviews

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Little House has been our daughter's home-away from-home since she was two years old, and is now 4. We are so grateful to have found Patricia. She cultivates a fun, flexible, and creative space that also brings routine and structure in a way that supports learning. Our daughter loves circle time, dance party, play in the garden, crafting and painting, and says nice things about each teacher. The teachers know my daughter really well, and they share funny and endearing one-on-one moments that happen throughout the day by text message and at pickup.  Patricia's years of experience and solid foundation in child development are apparent in how easily she offers suggestions for activities at home that match her interest and also have a learning component. We have so much piece of mind going to work everyday knowing that she is enjoying her day at Little House. If you're looking for a place that values kindness, curiosity, exploration and adaptability in a sweet small setting, I highly recommend Patricia's Little House Preschool. 

I am thrilled to share my glowing review of Little House Preschool, where our son has flourished under the exceptional guidance of the experienced Director (Patricia Lima) and dedicated teachers. From day one, it was evident that this preschool is a place where every child can thrive. Our son started at LHP when he was just 3 years old and speech delayed.

Under the leadership of Ms. Patricia, who brings years of expertise to the table, our son has not only learned but significantly increased his self-regulation skills, a testament to the school’s commitment to holistic development. Ms. Patricia's daily communication has been invaluable, keeping us informed not only of our son’s daily activities but also his developmental milestones and areas for growth. Her years of experience provided us with helpful tools and techniques to us with our son when at home too! There is a true partnership between us and the school.

The teachers at LHP are truly remarkable. They exhibit kindness, patience, and a deep understanding of each child’s unique needs. They truly got to know my son! The ideal teacher-to-student ratio has been particularly beneficial for our son, who has benefited greatly from the extra attention and support.

What sets Little House Preschool apart is its comprehensive program, which includes enriching sessions with licensed Speech and Occupational therapists. These group enrichment sessions, conducted weekly, have been instrumental in our son’s overall development. The enrichment teachers, who are highly skilled and nurturing, have formed a special bond with our son, further enhancing his preschool experience. We have seen a significant improvement in his speech and fine/gross motor skills while at LHP.

I wholeheartedly recommend Little House Preschool to any parent seeking a supportive and enriching environment for their child. The dedication of the staff, coupled with the well-rounded curriculum and personalized attention, makes this preschool truly exceptional. We couldn’t be happier with our decision to enroll our son here, and we are immensely grateful for the positive impact it has had on his growth and development. Little House Preschool is a special place!

My daughter has been attending Little House since Fall of 2021 and will be leaving this fall as she enters TK. I cannot speak highly enough about Patricia Lima and the rest of the teaching staff at Little House, including the Speech and OT therapists. My daughter loves going to school, has made great friends, and is well prepared to enter TK. 

Ms. Lima is incredibly communicative with the parents, sharing photos and updates regularly and keeping us very well informed about our daughter's development at school, and has been flexible with us as parents, as we juggle busy lives. She has also done a great job at fostering community amongst the parents. Our daughter now has regular playdates with her school friends. 

While I am very excited for my daughter to move to TK this fall, i must admit that i am sad to say goodbye to Little House. 

Our daughter is a current full time student at Little House Preschool and we are so, so happy to have found Patricia and her team of wonderful assistants & therapists. She is one of the younger students and is absolutely thriving as she learns alongside the bigger kids. 

We appreciate the careful attention and encouragement she gets from the adults - we are especially grateful for the expertise that Patricia & her team have, and how much this has benefitted our daughter. It's the kind of early education every kiddo should have access to. 

10/10 recommend!

My son was fortunate to be a student of Ms. Lima's and to be supported by her stellar team of classroom assistants and speech/OT therapists. He thrived under their care and support. Ms. Lima provides a wonderful structure that children learn to master quickly, and a variety of tailored activities with a good balance of free play in between. There are ample opportunities for social learning as well as early literacy and other building blocks for a successful start to kindergarten. I highly recommend!