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Dandelion Cooperative Nursery School

941 The Alameda
Berkeley, CA 94707

(510) 526-1735


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Props to extend storytelling play
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Visual arts
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Tricycles
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Dandelion's curriculum is designed to stimulate a child's inquisitive nature. The curriculum areas engage children in active meaning making. They observe, explore and invent as they interact with materials and people. Children assess the results of their activities and grow in competence, confidence and a sense of belonging. From Dandelion Co-op Nursery School website

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our philosophy and curriculum are formed in response to the teachings of developmental and learning theorists (Piaget, Erikson and Vygotsky), who lead us to value play as the quintessential learning activity for young children. Play establishes a foundation for literacy, math concepts, physical knowledge and social/emotional competence. Children play for physical and emotional mastery of their world. - From Dandelion Co-op Nursery School website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school