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Shimmy Shimmy Co-Co-Op

Ordway & Posen
Albany, CA 94706

(510) 717-8446


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We are lucky to have a very low teacher-to-child ratio(1-to-5) , so it's easy to meet each child's individual needs. There is also frequent communication between the teacher and parents, so we are able to stay on the same page.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are a cooperative preschool of 10 families and 1 teacher that has been running for 7 years. We believe in setting up a safe and stimulating environment which encourages exploration, independence, and responsibility. We are clear with our expectations and thus set the children up for success (and find we rarely need to resort to "no" as answer.)

A Typical Day

Independent choice is encouraged so children may begin the day indoors or outdoors with freeplay and eat when they wish. Teacher-led activities, outings to the park or library would occur between 11AM and 1PM. The final hour of the day (1-2PM) we have a rest/quiet time, and snack as a group before pick-up at 2.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Because we are a co-op and parents are regularly working in the classroom, families are very connected with what's happening at school.

We also have a group email list and monthly meetings. Parents are encouraged to schedule conferences with the teacher.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

The teacher works closely with each individual family at the beginning of the year to determine what will work best for the child, for example, children may start with a shortened day, or parents may choose to spend time with the child visiting the school.