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Los Gatos Parent Nursery School

15 Lyndon Avenue
Los Gatos, CA 95030

(408) 354-1433


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Co-op

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught "Los Gatos Parent Nursery School is nestled in a quiet Victorian-era neighborhood adjacent to downtown Los Gatos. The current school building was erected in 1968 by LGPNS parents. Within the facility are 1165 square feet of open, well-lighted classroom space. Inside the classroom area are a playhouse/dress-up area, puppet stage, art/craft area, an extensive library, animals, musical instruments, a doll house, blocks and a multitude of other manipulative. Our playground, affectionately deemed 'Kid's Kingdom' by the parents and volunteers who erected it in 1998, is a great source of pride for the school - and delight for the children. In fact, LGPNS children were active participants in the design and construction of the playground. Outdoor play at LGPNS runs the gamut: climbing, sliding, exploring, gardening, daydreaming, riding and 'gassing up' tricycles, strolling with 'babies,' building sand cities, reading, carpentry, playing ball, and even playing music on a set of outdoor chimes. Whether it be through exploring the spectacular castle structure, or pumping water through the cobbled water-play area, the 5400 square feet of playground space provides ample opportunity for children to discover and learn through play." Extracted from

From the Director:

"Each day at LGPNS is filled with a variety of activities designed to assist children's natural social, motor and cognitive development. To those ends, the curriculum includes large group activities (circle and sharing times), small group activities (snack and story times) as well as individually-directed activities (free choice and free play times). Activities through the course of the day are designed to exercise fine motor and large motor skills as well as social skills in the classroom and at play." Extracted from

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Los Gatos Parent Nursery School ('LGPNS') is a nonprofit parent cooperative preschool serving Los Gatos, CA and neighboring communities.

Since its founding in 1946, the school has provided a nurturing educational experience for 2-5 year-old children and an opportunity for parents to play an active role in their child's education.

Parents are involved in all aspects of the school, from helping in the classroom and attending adult education night meetings, to running day-to-day school operations and maintenance.

LGPNS provides a rich experience for children and their parents to share, and a wonderful first step in the lifelong process of learning. We offer a developmentally-oriented preschool experience in which children learn through play. Children develop in an atmosphere of encouragement and support where they are free to explore and discover. We emphasize socialization and free choice of activities. The rich curriculum includes arts and crafts, science, manipulative, reading, water play, music, animals, field trips, creative movement, cooking, gardening and sensory experiences.

The daily schedule affords exposure to large and small group activities as well as self-directed project participation and free play.

The school is run under the auspices of the Adult Education Division of the Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint High School District and Los Gatos/Saratoga Community Department of Education and Recreation, an organization that partially subsidizes our programs as adult education classes.

A Board of Directors comprised of parents oversees all school operations, and credentialed teachers guide both the children's classroom experience as well as the adult education program."

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A Typical Day

"Typical Daily Schedule

Morning Classes (2-3 day)
9:00-9:20 Circle Time
9:20-9:45 Free Choice
9:45-10:30 Free Play
10:30-10:50 Snack Time
11:00-11:30 Free Play
11:30-11:45 Story Time Activity Afternoon Class (4-day)
Circle Time 12:45-1:15
Free Choice 1:15-1:35
Free Play 1:35-2:15
Snack Time 2:15-2:35
Sharing 2:35-2:45
Free Play 2:45-3:15
Story Time 3:15-3:30"

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Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

"Parent involvement at Los Gatos Parent Nursery School entails participation in the classroom, adult education and assistance with school operations.

Through the experience at LGPNS, parents can gain...
1) a better understanding of their child by observing him/her in a group
2) stronger parenting skills
3) the experience of sharing with a community of parents in school

Parent requirements at-a-glance
- Participation in the classroom one day per week (per child enrolled)
- Attendance of at least one parent night class per month (9 classes out of 12)
- Active participation in a school committee
- Assistance with school fundraising event (selling 100 raffle tickets, $1 each)
- Six hours of school maintenance per year (3 hours per semester)

Adult education
Our programs are run under the auspices of the Los Gatos-Saratoga Department of Education and Recreation as adult education classes. Thus, by enrolling a child in the school, parents themselves are enrolled in our adult education program. The adult education program at LGPNS is comprised of two key elements: evening parenting classes and daytime classroom participation ('laboratory' experience) Evening parenting classes occur approximately once per month. The classes cover a wide variety of topics such as child development and parenting, first aid and safety, and child- and family-centered activities. A portion of each night meeting is also dedicated to important school business.

Classroom participation involves helping in your child's classroom one day per week. Under the guidance of a teacher, parents are actively involved in conducting all aspects of the school day."

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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