TIVOLI RAINBOW GARDEN PRESCHOOL was born out of a need for a bilingual (German/English) preschool program with a caring, gentle, and non-judgmental approach to raise and educate children.

In 2008, Ilka Sternberger created an immersion program for families who were looking for a home-like environment with a developmental, whole-child curriculum.  Her vision was to create a platform for German-speaking families to sustain their heritage within the next generation by teaching their children the German language and culture in a playful environment. And she successfully established her vision. She celebrated the 10-year anniversary of her Kindergarten last year.                                           

Our program is also open for English-speaking families, who want their children to learn the German language while being guided by the Waldorf philosophy, mindfulness and compassionate communication. 

Tivoli Rainbow Garden Preschool is located in beautiful Santa Monica, close to the ocean, away from traffic. 

Our belief is:
A child is born into a family and can only grow if it feels safe, connected and nurtured. Therefore, we made it our mission to nurture the child and the family life in our community.



We are accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year.

And we are open and have spaces available now! Please contact office@tivolikindergartenla.com to schedule a tour.

Have a quick look at our beautiful school.

The program is held outdoors and we adhere to the Pandemic Guidelines, such as daily health checks, frequent hand washing and mindful physical distancing.

We are exited to continue our outdoor Waldorf curriculum and are looking forward to welcome the children with love and care. 

Please contact us to schedule a tour. 
email: office@tivolikindergartenla.com



Quick News:

We have moved to the beautiful town of Culver City! Check us out there!

Ilka got featured in the June issue of California Germans!! Check out her interview with Cornelia Bartels!  https://californiagermans.com/ilka-sternberger-and-her-tivoli-rainbow-garden-preschool-celebrate-10th-anniversary/ 







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