Our School

We believe in the developmental approach, i.e. letting the child learn at the level where he/she is now, using age-appropriate activities and preparing an environment that provides stimulating and challenging materials.

We believe in offering free choice of activities in a safe and nurturing environment. This enables the child to gain self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-control.

We believe in using positive reinforcement rather than negative statements or punishment.

We trust the child to educate himself/herself in an enriched environment. We view adults as the facilitators of such an environment. Adults will provide support, focused attention, physical proximity and verbal encouragement.

We believe parents are their children's first and most influential teachers, and the school exists to help parents develop their own skills in working with their children. The school and the parents exist in a true cooperative relationship.

Our Curriculum

The Cotati-Rohnert Park Co-op Nursery School offers a play-based learning environment to develop the child's social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. Our small class sizes and same age class groupings foster a caring, enriching, and happy environment, where children are celebrated, supported, and accepted. Each day different teacher-guided activities, such as art projects, music, water play, baking, and tactile discovery, are offered within a period of free-play giving children a choice of participating in a new activity or a familiar one. In our school, children can get messy, try new things, and get excited about learning.

The physical classroom includes dedicated areas and educational toys to encourage pretending, building, reading, counting, creating, solving, thinking, and movement. During outdoor playtime, children can run off their energy playing together in our school boat, fort, playhouses, swings, slides, sandbox, and other equipment. Circle time helps young children learn how to listen and participate in a group and prepares them for future, more structured settings.

We Offer Three Classes

Parent and Me (2 Year Old Class): Two days per week
Caterpillars (3 Year Old Class): Three days per week
Butterflies (4 Year Old Class): Four days per week

Sample Schedule of Activities (3 Year Old Class)

8:30 am Welcome and Arrival

8:45 - 9:30 Project and Indoor Play

9:30 - 9:45 Circle Time

9:45 - 10:00 Handwashing and Snack Time

10:00 - 10:50 Outdoor Play

10:50 - 11:00 Goodbye Circle

How We Differ

The Cotati-Rohnert Park Co-op Nursery School is a private, nonprofit organization managed and maintained by its member families. Parent participation is the hallmark of our school and is what makes this school different. Parents participate with their child-learning, playing, discovering, and growing together-in a safe, supportive environment. With guidance and support from our Director/Teacher, who is employed by CRPCNS, parents take an active role in the classroom. Parents keep the adult-to-child ratio low, help with daily classroom maintenance, and bring their own talents to the school for the enrichment of all.

Benefits of a Co-op

The cooperative school recognizes that parents are the primary educators of their children. It encourages mothers and fathers to share their interests and talents in the classroom, on a Board of Directors, or on committees. These direct parental efforts and involvement make the cooperative a unique educational opportunity. The children grow in mind, body and spirit as they are nurtured with acceptance and kindness by teachers and other parents.

Although a cooperative preschool will demand a great deal more time, effort and commitment from you as a parent, the benefits are extraordinary.

Lasting Friendships

Many of our families have graduated several children from our school over the years. Not only do children make special friends with one another, they also get to know other parents who work and play alongside them in the classroom. Our member parents often develop close and lasting friendships with other parents with whom they share the responsibilities and joys of running their children''s nursery school. Because families are so involved, this is a place where children feel secure, encouraged, and loved.

Benefits for the Parent

  • Gained confidence and enhanced parenting skills
  • Sharing of individual ideas and concerns about child rearing
  • Broadening their understanding of child development
  • Learning effective communication skills and child guidance strategies
  • Developing relationships with other families, teachers and children in the community

Benefits for the Child

  • A safe, stimulating environment to encourage natural love of learning
  • A developmentally appropriate environment that promotes their physical, social, emotional and cognitive development
  • Highly individualized attention and support as they learn to communicate and problem-solve with others
  • A gentle transition from home to school environment

Is a co-op preschool the right fit for your family?

These questions can help you decide. If you'd like to enroll your child at our school, we'll ask you to answer similar questions to help us get to know you and your child.

  • How important is it to you to be working in your child's classroom one day a week?
  • How comfortable is your child being dropped off at school when you do not stay?
  • How suitable a fit do you feel a play-based environment, where exploration and foundational motor skills are emphasized over "acedemics" is for your child?
  • How appropriate is an English-only learning environment for your family?
  • How receptive is your child to feedback, redirection and/or correction?
  • How open are you to suggestions/new methods of communication and correction/discipline?
  • How comfortable are you having other parents and teachers correct/dsicipline/manage your child?
  • How passionate are you about assisting in various fundraising opportunities for our non-profit co-op school?
  • How beneficial do you feel the school's mandatory monthly meetings will be for your communication needs with the school?
  • How important is it to you that you are fulfilling your monthly maintenence hours (3 hours per month) to ensure our school is clean and safe?
  • In general, how available is your family for events outside the school day (for example, familiy fun nights, holiday parties, end-of-year celebrations)?