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Our Vision

Our History

Moonstone Preschool is a division of Moonstone Inc., whose deceptively simple principle, “Education through the Arts from the cradle to the grave,” can be seen in every aspect of our school. Moonstone Inc. was founded on the belief that learning is a lifelong process, stimulated by imagination and supported through inquiry and expressive communication.

Moonstone, Inc was formed in 1983 as a 501(c)3 arts organization when Larry Robin, an artist and third generation bookstore owner and Sandy Robin, an artist and early childhood educator, merged their separate activities with adults and children into a unified program with a single ethos and goal. Larry formed the Moonstone Arts Center, while Sandy founded Moonstone Preschool.

Moonstone Preschool has been at the heart of the Bella Vista/Hawthorne arts and education community and has gained a reputation as one of Philadelphia’s most sought-after and distinctive early education institutions. We look forward to continuing to provide the best in arts education for our young participants for many, many years to come.

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Our Future

Moonstone Preschool has garnered an unmatched reputation in the field of early childhood education through the arts. As we move into the future, we look forward to finding more ways to share our proven model with as many children and families as possible. We are delighted to share the following upcoming programs:

After Moon After School Program

We will be relaunching our After Moon After School Program for children Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Our After Moon group will explore the same themes as the preschool, but will delve deeper into visual and performing arts and incorporate science and technology into projects and activities.

The program will run throughout the school year, from 3:30pm to 6:00pm each day. Interested in the After Moon After School Program? Learn More ►

Little Free Libraries

A Little Free Library is a neighborhood book exchange where anyone passing by can take a book to read or leave a book for someone else to find. Little Free Libraries come in all shapes and sizes and are owned by “stewards” whose job is to re-stock books and maintain the library. Moonstone Preschool is excited to be the stewards of two new Little Free Libraries – one located in front of the school and the other at Hawthorne Park, located at 12th and Catharine Streets. Thanks to Stanev-Potts architects, a longtime Moonstone family, who have purchased and repurposed two pay phone hoods to become the first Little Free Libraries in our neighborhood. Besides sharing books with our neighbors, we plan on registering each library as a Geocaching site, which will bring treasure hunters, as well as readers, to our libraries!

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Help Us Stay Around for Another 30 Years…

Even with all of Moonstone’s accomplishments, there is still much to be done! To keep Moonstone flourishing, we need your help.
Here is an idea of how much your contribution means to us:

  • $100 provides the preschool with snack for a week
  • $300 purchases one month of art supplies for curriculum
  • $900 sponsors one month of tuition for a child in need
  • $1500 allows the arts center to organize programing, such as Ida B. Wells

Moonstone is very proud of its accomplishments over the past thirty years. Please help us remain such an important part of the educational community for another thirty years. As a 501(c)(3), all donations are tax deductible.

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