St. Matthias Preschool

Teaching our Children Together for a Brighter Future at St. Matthias – A Place for Fun, A Place for Learning.

The St. Matthias Preschool is located at St. Matthias Catholic Church. Mailing address is 533 Canyon Road, Redwood City, CA 94062.


Contact Mary Ornellas, Our Preschool Director, for more information. St. Matthias Preschool phone number is 650-367-1320.

St. Matthias Preschool celebrates it’s 40th anniversary in 2017. We are licensed for children ages 2.6 to 5 years of age and is located in the parish school building which features large classrooms, a dining facility, child -sized bathrooms, meeting rooms and an office area.

A State of the Art Playground

The preschool outside play area offers the children a sand box, swings, climbing structures, a bike path, basketball area, block building area, synthetic lawn and more.


At St. Matthias Preschool, a safe and stimulating environment is created which offers the children the opportunity to thrive. Our curriculum enhances play, social/emotional learning, strong academics and incorporates Christian values. The children have a place to grow, learn and play as they are placed in groups by age and developmental level. Daily planned and free choice activities offer each child a day of adventure, exploring, and experimenting.

Included Activities:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Gardening/Nature
  • Storytelling
  • Playdough Fun
  • Sand Play
  • Block/Lego Building
  • Dramatic Play
  • Prayer
  • Water Play
  • Science
  • Cooking
  • Puzzles
  • Weekly Music Time with Professional Music Teacher
  • Math
  • Monthly Enrichment Activities

A Well Rounded Curriculum and Environment Conducive to Kindergarten Readiness

St. Matthias Preschool, a ministry of St. Matthias parish, operated under the parish Pastoral Staff and the San Francisco Archdiocesan Department of Catholic Schools. The Preschool also follows the guidelines set forth by the Department of Social Services. As a Catholic school, we aim to provide age appropriate faith formation as part of our parish faith formation programs.


The Preschool program offers a learning environment which promotes children’s social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual development through a planned curriculum and activities. The Preschool prepares children for Kindergarten and assists families with extended full day care.


The Preschool is tuition based to cover the cost of its programs and operations. The Administrator and Parish Finance Council of St. Matthias Church, in collaboration with the Director of the Preschool, have responsibility for the oversight of the financial and temporal management of the Preschool program. Preschool policies are developed in cooperation with the clergy and through a process of consultation with the parish staff (which includes the Preschool Director, Preschool Staff, Advisory Boards, Parish Council, Parish Finance Council and appropriate Archdiocesan offices.


The preschool is licensed under the Department of Social Services and follows their guidelines. Facility #410502005.