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Message from the Head

Message From The Head

At McGehee’s Little Gate we believe that children learn best through play. We are a co-educational, Reggio inspired preschool program for children, ages one to three years old. Our students come to school ready to explore, create, wonder, experiment and most importantly play.

For a quarter of a century Little Gate has been an innovative and progressive preschool that is constantly revisiting and challenging the best practices for our children and teachers. We believe strongly in faculty professional development and our teachers are dedicated, engaged and always learning alongside our youngest students. We immerse our children in 21st century skills by promoting and supporting problem solving, critical thinking, creative exploration, peer collaboration and communication in the classroom and on the playground.


Little Gate students engage in tinkering, art, music, French, gross motor play, and story play. They play outside daily in one of the most beautiful and interactive butterfly gardens in the city. “Little Gaters” ride bikes, make mud pies, climb the hills and bridges and engage in social play with friends. We maintain small class sizes with two lead teachers as well as several support and enrichment teachers.  

Thanks to the generosity of several major donors, we will open the doors to Mathilde Hall at 2318 St. Charles Avenue this fall and our students will learn in the beauty and wonder of this amazing and historic building. We hope our children and families feel the sense of community that we have so intentionally woven into our culture. We value each individual family as an important partner in cultivating the wonder, excitement and exploration or our children and their development.

We are so pleased you visited our website and hope that we have given you a glimpse into the magical world of Little Gate. Of course the best way to experience our philosophy and program is through the playful eyes of our children with a personal visit. We invite you to schedule a tour of our campus. Please call the Admission office at (504) 523-9911 to schedule your tour -- nothing compares to a visit to our extraordinary campus!

Betsy Dobson, Head of Little Gate

After many years of teaching in schools across the city, I have found a home at Little Gate where every child is given limitless opportunities to develop and discover the passions that make them unique.
McGehee's Little Gate
1538 Philip Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
504-523-9911
littlegate@mcgeheeschool.com
Little Gate is a co-ed pre-school open to all qualified boys and girls regardless of race, religion, national or ethnic origin.