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Laurelwood Co-op Preschool

955 Teal Drive
Santa Clara, CA 95051

(408) 241-8626


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Laurelwood is a Parent Co-op Preschool started in 1964. We have a highly skilled, loving teaching staff and supportive, involved parent community.

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 Crafts, Art, Music & Movement, Story Time, Field Trips, Cooking, Basic Math, Dramatic Play

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Laurelwood Parent Co-op Preschool has four 3 year old classes and four 4 year old classes. Each class has one teacher and 3 working parents each day. One of the best things about our preschool is the opportunity to work in the classroom with your child and their peers. Lifelong friendships are forged among students, parents, and teachers as we all work together to form a safe, supportive, and loving atmosphere for learning and growing.

A Typical Day

Four Year Old (PK) Class (sample)
8:30-8:50 - Arrival and Free Play
8:50-9:10 - Welcome Circle
9:10-9:40 - Table Work (Calendar, Counting, Letters)
9:40-9:55 - Free Play
9:55-10:10 - Second Circle (Songs, Stories, Poems)
10:10-10:30 - Snack
10:30-10:35 - Clean-up/Prepare for Recess
10:35-11:00 - Recess
11:00-11:30 - Closing Circle:stories, songs,
11:30 - Dismissal to Parents

Three Year Old (EC) Class (sample)
8:30-8:55 - Arrival and Free Play
8:55-9:15 - Welcome Circle
9:15-9:30 - Table Work (Calendar, Colors)
9:30-9:55 - Free Play
9:55-10:05 - Second Circle (Songs, Stories, Poems)
10:05-10:25 - Snack
10:25-10:50 - Recess
10:50-11:00 - Closing Circle: Good-bye Song & Dismissal

In addition to the regular schedule, the school has an art and music teacher who come in throughout the year. We also have a wonderful selection of field trips and visitors to the class to help introduce our students to the community around them.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Laurelwood uses newsletters, calendars, and notes at the sign-in book to communicate with parents, but the most important tool we use for communication are our class Shutterfly Sites. Each family is a member of their class site where they can access work schedules, calendars, important forms, upload photos for class memory books, and more.

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:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on