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Published on July 11th, 2014 | by Isabelle Karamooz, Founder of FQM


A new French Preschool in Daly city

Francophone and Francophile parents in the Southwestern part of San Francisco, in Daly City, are lucky. The district will be hosting « La Maternelle. » It is a school that offers education in French for children from 3 to 5 years of age.


Photo by Virginie Arbusto

« La Maternelle » is the story of a mother who wanted to give her two year-old little girl an education in French. But, with the lack of options, she decided to open a kindergarten. A project for which Virginie Arbusto resumed her studies at City College in San Francisco to obtain her diploma in Child Development.

Implemented by Virginie and a teacher from Monaco, this school offers « a full immersion program that is the best way to learn a foreign language at a young age, » says Virginie Arbusto. The program offers academic teaching, without neglecting the teaching of language through artistic awareness. “Art, music, drawing, singing, gardening, free games, disguise, walks” will be part of the offered activities, she said.

« La Maternelle » seeks, at least, six children in order to open the class at the beginning of September and aims to grow in the future. “A young French woman, who is on training, needs to join me quickly,” said Virginie Arbusto. Registration is now open and Virginie is ready to welcome all children in her kindergarten.

For more information, visit the website of « La Maternelle » :


About the Author

is originally from Versailles, France. She always wanted to see the world, which she did starting at 17 when she had the fortunate opportunity to study abroad in Rhonda, Spain. She traveled the world from Hong Kong to Taiwan, from Ireland to Austria, to Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Monaco, and discovered the entire countries of Italy and Morocco. She really feels like a citizen of the world. She finally settled several years in Los Angeles where she worked at the French Consulate of Los Angeles. Passionate about the Arts and History, she earned a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of California Berkeley and studied for a Master program in education at the University of Southern California, then she went on to teach French to aspiring UNLV and CSN students in Nevada. She is the founder and Editor in chief of French Quarter Magazine, in which she writes, interviews people in a wide range of circumstances, pitches story ideas to writers and journalists, takes photos, and is currently writing her first translated work, which spans the life of Coco Chanel and is filled with adventure, intrigue, history and love.

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