Tide Pools- TIDE’s Preschool Program

Tide Pools- TIDE’s Preschool Program

TIDE Pools.

Run by Alison Abbott

The program will a bilingual program at incorporates learning through hands-on activities and play-based learning.  Read more about the program below


To register please complete this form

TIDE POOLS Registration Form


Meet Ali, our Preschool Director!


Laura Cascante- Main Teacher

Laura Cascante gained a degree in Preschool Education from the Universidad Estatal a Distancia UNED. She also studied Psychology at ULACIT in San José.  She moved to Tamarindo in the year 2000 and since then, has had many experiences in private educational work in the area.

In the year 2004 she founded Happy Days School, the first Daycare in the area of Tamarindo. Its success meant the school needed a bigger space just one year after opening its doors. She also founded CIFI, Centro Infantil de Formación Integral, with the help of families of the Tamarindo community , CIFI received kids from 2 to 6 years old. They learned a bilingual formation in an open preschool curriculum. 

She  has also worked in the Central Pacific of Costa Rica at projects that used alternative education methods such as Montessori and Waldorf.

She is currently engaged in environmental education workshops and loves to be involved in alternative methods of education, not just traditional ones.

Laura is a mom of three girls, a Reiki therapist and one of her biggest passions besides teaching is to experiment with alternative ways of healing and living.

This is her second year at TIDE, previously she took charge of the  first and second grade classes ; starting this new school year she will work with Alison Abbott at the opening of the new TIDE preschool.


Supply List

Preschool TIDE Academy Supplies

  1. Back pack :

             Extra set of clothes in a ziploc bag ( label the back )

             Disinfecting wipes or baby wipes

             Diapers (If needed)

             1 box of tissues

  1. 1 pack of plain pencils
  2. Package of colored construction paper or card stock
  3. Crayons
  4. 2 plastic folders
  5. Sharpener
  6. Eraser
  7. Glue stick
  8. Watercolor paint
  9. Color tape
  10. 4 ounces glue
  11. Scissors
  12. Package washable markers
  13. Lunchbag :

             Water bottle

              Healthy snack

  1. Paint smock


The following donations are welcome and appreciate- thank you !

  1. Ziploc bags
  2. Small paper plates
  3. Play –doh
  4. Paper towels / napkins
  5. Antibacterial hand sanitizer
  6. Cardboard boxes
  7. Toys