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Heffalump Preschool

(Palo Alto, Est. 1974)


Where kids learn through play! 


Heffalump Preschool was established in 1974 with the love and support from our community. Our goal at Heffalump is to prepare children for the next stage of their lives through the development of motor abilities, thinking skills and healthy interactions with their peers. Our unique programs incorporate a variety of educational theories, while always keeping the child’s best interest in mind and allowing for hands-on, experiential learning. We are on a mission to provide every child quality care at affordable cost. Keep reading to learn more!

About Us

At Heffalump, we are dedicated to creating a nurturing and welcoming environment for all children. From language and literacy development to social skills and creative expression, the children at Heffalump are constantly being exposed to new activities and environments in which to thrive. We build on the strengths and interests of each child to help build a solid foundation where they can develop their future. Get in touch to learn more about us.

Kids Running

Outdoor Play

Here For You

About Us

Our Values

Heffalump School is committed to music as our passion and learning as our core goal, while incorporating art in our school rooms to inspire young minds to grow by meeting the early learning needs of all children from 2 years of age up to 1st grade, with hands-on, accessible, and comprehensive early learning system.


We believe in nature as our universal teacher and express our gratitude to its five elements: earth, air, water, sun, and space. In our garden, each child has his/her own pot where they take care of their plants and there are one or two big pots for mixed age. By observing nature, kids learn about colors, shapes, and the life cycle of plants.

At Heffalump, children enjoy creative hands-on projects: for example, we design alphabet, numbers, toys, etc. from clay, bake them, and hand paint them. We have also built our own puppet house where we regularly change wall colors painted by children (and sometimes conduct our puppet and theater show). Through basic principles of Yoga, our kids learn to look within for happiness and feel the rhythm of the breath to celebrate life. 

Kids Drawing

Art by Heart
Freestyle art and free play with colors with your own imagination.


Kids in Preschool

World Music
Music is all around us, we need awareness to feel, listen, and see.

Dance to the Beats

At Heffalump we recognize that twirling, spinning, and dancing is at the core of each child and provide comfortable space to express their joy.

Our Culture

We celebrate diversity - we believe that life on planet earth is about celebrations and joy, we encourage parents to share their festivities and culture and enrich our Heffalump family. We are blessed to have had children from Japan, Russia, China, Israel, India, Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, Spain, China, Germany, France, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, England. 

For their very special day (birthday!) we design special treats. It's our tradition at Heffalump to create “No Sugar Vegan Natural Fruit Cake”. Parents bring fruit and we (teachers and kids) design cakes from fruit. Kids' favorite one is a three-layered watermelon with strawberry candles, dipped in sugarless chocolate powder.

Our Values

Contact Us

3990 Ventura Court, Palo Alto, CA 94306

(415) 425-4340

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