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 open and have spaces available now!

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. 
phone:(310) 314-2617
email: office@tivolikindergartenla.com



Quick News:

Even in Covid-times, we are celebrating our traditional “Enchanted Halloween”

on Hollows Eve, October 31st, 2020 at 6:30PM.

The queen of fairies will enchant the children with her magic.


Moving On Celebration!

This year, we will be celebrating the end of 2019/2020 in the park.

All the children, who will move on to Kindergarten, in elementary school, will be honored and celebrated. We are looking forward to give them a good start by honoring their process in the last years.



Fasching celebration! 

Tuesday 25th of February 2020 at 4-5:30pm

Come and celebrate Fasching/Carnival with the Tivoli community here at Tivoli Rainbow Garden Preschool (http://tivolikindergartenla.com), everyone traditionally dresses up in happy costumes and masks and celebrates the end of the cold season and grim winter spirits.                                   We will dance the traditional Faschings-dances (Polonaise), and play Fasching games, and have Traditional Faschings-food.
It will be a lot of fun!
Please RSVP by February 21, 2020 to
Donation $20 per family (non Tivoli/Mama,Papa & Ich families) 












New “Mama und Ich” classes offered this spring 2020! 





















Summer Camp at Tivoli 2019!


















Continuing our afternoon program!

“Deutsch mit allen Sinnen”
Deutsch mal anders – lernen mit allen Sinnen!! Ein Sprachangebot für Schulkinder zwischen 5 und 7 Jahren. 

Learning through the senses – an opportunity to learn the German language differently!! Open to school-aged children between 5 and 7 years. 


Go-Fund-Me Fundraiser

Our wonderful, loving neighborhood Waldorf inspired Tivoli Rainbow Garden Preschool, recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary. Serving the local community of bilingual, German/English families, Tivoli was thriving! Suddenly and unexpectedly our well-loved building was sold, causing us to relocate to a more expensive neighborhood.  Rent for the new site costs $400 more per month. Understandably tuition cannot be increased until September 2019. Consequently our projected budget has a $9,000 deficit. We are seeking kind donations to cover relocation expenses, as well as building modifications to recreate our charming, safe environment for our  children and their families. Any amount you would like to contribiute now, to help is welcome.

Not being involved and able to participate in the children’s life is oftentimes difficult for family (Omas and Opas) and relatives abroad. This fundraiser gives everyone the opportunity to get involved and do something. Please share the link with all your loved ones, near and far, to give them the chance to contribute to help support our beautiful German/English community.
Please see link for more info

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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