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New preschool hosts grand opening ceremony

River Armms plays on the school’s playground. Photos Submitted
Sunshine Armstrong-Silverston (left to right), Diana Armstrong, Alan Armstrong and Bill Armstrong pose for a picture with Victoria Silverston and Gary Silverston.
Attendees prepare to cut the ribbon at Under the Oaks Preschool.
Pictured is a play set integrated with an oak tree at the newly opened Under the Oaks Preschool.
Staff Report
3:51 pm PDT March 24, 2014

On March 15, Malibu’s Under the Oaks Preschool celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony, pony rides and an enchanting day for children and families at its park-like setting. 

The preschool, built among oak and sycamore trees, is owned and operated by the Armstrong family for more than four decades. 

Founded in 1965 by Virginia Armstrong as the Carden Malibu private school, the school was later converted to a preschool by her daughter-in-law Diana Armstrong.

Diana ran the school for an additional six years as the “Malibu Country Preschool.”

The school was then leased to the Odyssey School for 10 years, followed by the New Roads school for an additional five years. 

When the lease expired last July, Diana’s daughter, Sunshine, decided she would follow her family’s tradition and run the family-owned school

“I’m so glad to see preschoolers have the opportunity to return to this beautiful, natural setting,” Diana said. “There’s nothing like it in Malibu, being out here enjoying nature is where children belong.”

Sunshine Armstrong-Silverston received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California at San Diego and is currently working on her doctorate degree in child psychology. 

She follows the philosophy of the Waldorf school. 

For more information, visit oakspreschool.com.