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Santa Clara Parents Nursery School

471 Monroe Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050

(408) 248-5131


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our Philosophy Santa Clara Parents Nursery School (SCPNS) is a parent participation nursery school where children learn through hands-on experience, and active play. We provide an environment that promotes children's physical, social, intellectual and creative development. It is our belief that parents and children both benefit from parental involvement in the first school years. The Santa Clara Parents Nursery School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Extracted from

A Typical Day

A typical day in our 3 year old class is as follows:

Children arrive at 9AM and are greeted by the teacher. They are given the first hour of their day to explore the many areas of the school (i.e. our outdoor play area, art room, pretend/fantasy room, or kitchen area where snacks are prepared by a parent). The Front Room of the school has manipulatives for the children to use either dealing with sorting, science, or themed with any holidays. Outside, we have a large sandbox, a sand/sensory table, or a hands-on project. The children then come in for snacktime where they are divided into groups of 6 and served a nutritious snack and have stories read to them by a parent. After snack, the children are free to participate in another art project, play outdoors, or in the school with trains, blocks, or dress-up clothes. The class closes with a circle time where the children hear a story, sing songs, and have a sharing time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

As members of a co-op, each family is responsible for some portion of the administrative duties required to operate and maintain the school. A well-run program requires coordination and dedication on the part of parents and teachers. As a parent, your responsibilities include: Working at the school one day each week Providing a cooking project on a rotating basis Attending the monthly Evening Meeting Participating in one all-school fundraiser Serving on a committee or as a Board Member Participating in the Weekend Maintenance Work Schedule all parents: one Saturday work party per year 3-& 4-year old program parents: one maintenance assignment per semester 2-year old program parents: one maintenance assignment per year Return all forms by the first day of school (forms will be mailed out during the summer) Extracted from

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
  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

As a co-op, parents are integral to the life of our school not only in its administration, but also in the relationships formed there. If a child is having separation anxiety, parents are welcome to stay for a period of time to ease their child's anxiety. Our teachers will help the child move from focusing on their parent and their departure to one of the activities available to them.