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San Anselmo Cooperative Nursery School

24 Myrtle Lane
San Anselmo, CA 94960

(415) 454-5308


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"A co-operative nursery school provides a unique experience for families who wish to be involved in their children's education and learn alongside them. By sharing parenting issues, insights, joys and struggles, parents gain a sense of community with one another and a greater understanding of their own child's development. Through their participation parents create the kind of school they desire for their children. Their many talents, strengths and interests provide the energy that fuels the school. By relying on parent ingenuity, teamwork and labor, we keep fees low and the school available to a wide spectrum of people.
The goal of the preschool is to foster physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual growth in each child. We do not consider it the school's task to transmit a prescribed set of knowledge within a certain period of time. Rather, we provide a nurturing, secure environment that offers challenging, age-appropriate experiences from which children may choose. We then step back and allow the children to help each other, play together, converse, argue, explore, experiment, make friends, and simply learn to be in the world. Their individual paces are respected, their thoughts and feelings are honored, and their interests determine how their time is spent. To balance spontaneity with structure, we have a flexible daily routine which allows for a natural flow of events. We strive at all times to promote feelings of success, self-esteem and belonging.
Since we believe that learning to interact effectively with others is so important, we allow children every opportunity to practice social skills. Difficult exchanges between children are viewed as opportunities to guide them toward social competence.
Adults are involved in the learning process at the Co-op. We strive to keep the school environment positive by providing a safe forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas. Through this model of adult collaboration, we hope to bring young children and their families one of the richest and most rewarding experiences of their lives.
It is our intent that your child learns:
• the joy of expression through beautiful and messy materials
• how to interact with his/her peers
• that adults ae interested in his/her efforts, and
• that learning and fun are synonymous.
We are a non-profit, non-sectarian organization, owned and administered by the parents. We are licensed by the State of California, and affiliated with the local and state Councils of Parent Participation Nursery Schools. We welcome families of any race, creed, color, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin.
Excerpted from the preschool's website