About SOI

Building Exterior Evening_1321637577032 no stripes (2)About the School of Imagination

Founded in 2001, The School of Imagination and Happy Talkers is committed to bringing out the extraordinary in every child by offering groundbreaking early-childhood education programs, cutting-edge intervention services, and a full-inclusion preschool which empowers special needs children to excel along with their typical peers, giving all children the foundation for success in learning and life.

Story of School of Imagination

2001: Charlene Sigman, a Speech Pathologist and Educator, transforms her rented Pleasanton home into a childcare for all children – including those with autism and developmental delays. Happy Talkers is born.

2003: As word got out about the high quality and inclusive education being offered, 120 children were filling her home each week. With her family of four moved into the master bedroom, all other rooms were used to serve the children.  VIDEO

20042011: The quest for a permanent home begins. While shuttling between borrowed space in churches, office buildings and preschools, Charlene and her husband Mitch begin working with community and corporate leaders to create a state-of-the-art facility which meets the needs of all children. VIDEO

2008: The City of Dublin Mayor, Janet Lockhart, and the Sigmans began working with Albert Seeno III and his team from Discovery Homes. Together, they custom designed and built a school to meet the needs of all School of Imagination and Happy Talkers children. VIDEO

2011: Grand Opening of the state-of-the-art campus located in beautiful Schaefer Ranch, Dublin, CA. VIDEO

2016  – The region’s only inclusion preschool based on the Early State Denver Model (ESDM), a Time magazine “Top 10 Medical Breakthrough” for the treatment of autism, School of Imagination joins two-time Major League Baseball All-Star Stephen Vogt and celebrity friends to host the School of Imagination All-Star Benefit, helping the organization to become a national model and grow to impact nearly 700 children annually. VIDEO


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