What is Vidyarambh

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Vidyarambh is the only Indian Cultural Immersion Preschool and After-school center in the Bay Area! We opened our first campus in Santa Clara  in August 2019. It offers a superior educational environment with bright, airy classrooms; beautiful playgrounds and activity centers. The indoor and outdoor areas are  furnished according to the NAEYC standards.

Having opened our doors to the first batch in 2015, with only five students at a small facility in West San Jose, we have over the years been humbled by the encouraging feedback on our innovative teaching methods and the growing demand for our unique, all-encompassing learning experience. Parents appreciate the strong connect that children develop with their roots and their ability to identify themselves with the intricate culture of India. Our preschool and after-school programs have helped nurture students into happy, responsible and curious individuals who are ready to explore and give back to the world around them.


Founder and Director: Sujatha Namboodiri

Sujatha Namboodiri is an alumna (1998) of IIT Kanpur with a Masters in Civil Engineering. She left her promising engineering profession and started Vidyarambh in early 2015 for her then three-year-old son. She hired a fully qualified teacher and worked alongside with her in the classroom. This gave her an opportunity to realize her passion and calling. She joined De Anza College as a part time student and started learning Child Development. Currently, she has a Site Supervisor Permit and Program Director Permit in Early Childhood Education. She is certified in WestEd’s Teaching Pyramid, which is a systematic approach that promotes social and emotional development in children. She is also trained in ‘SEEDS of early literacy’, a program that scaffolds the language development of young children.

Program Advisors:

Jayanti Tambe

Jayanti Tambe is a Professor of Early Child Education at De Anza College. Previously, she was the Executive Director of UCLA Early Care and Education. Jayanti has also served as the Interim Executive Director for Pacific Oaks Children’s School (POCS). She has also served as the director of the Rainbow School and Pepper Tree School at Stanford University. Jayanti has conducted workshops on Supporting Dual language Learners, Multicultural Storytelling, Stress in Young Children and Anti-Bias Curriculum at the NAEYC, PACE Conference, SECA Conference, University of Wisconsin and at Stanford University.

Shelley Gonzales

Shelley Gonzales is the executive director of a reputed preschool program in San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to this, she was the director of the laboratory school at West Valley College. She is also an adjunct instructor at West Valley and Mission colleges where she teaches curriculum courses, supervision and administration and the outdoor classroom courses. She has a masters degree in leadership of early childhood programs from Mills College.