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Mill Valley Nursery School

51 Shell Road
Mill Valley, CA 94941

(415) 388-9174


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Mill Valley Nursery School is a place where parents and children come to develop and play in a nurturing environment. It is a family-oriented cooperative that has been a part of the Mill Valley community for over fifty years. At MVNS every parent is a teacher; with the support of our Director we learn and grow with our children.

The focus of the daily format is on the process of learning through play. Each day is built around a free choice of indoor and outdoor activities for our children. The educational experiences gained at MVNS will help children broaden their experience and become a more active participant in their world.

Excerpted from the preschool's 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year