Co-Op Life

General Program Information

The Castro Valley Parent Nursery School is a non-profit, parent participation preschool enrolling approximately 50 children ages 3 to 5 years.  Parents who “join” the Co-op are actually enrolled in a non-credit Castro Valley Adult School parent education class and laboratory. Please refer to the Commitments and Responsibilites section within this site for more information on these mandatory classes.

The preschool operates Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 11:30am (“AM session for 3 and 4 year olds) and from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm (“PM session” or pre-kindergarten for 4 and 5 year olds).  Holidays and vacations coincide with the Castro Valley Unified School District’s calendar.

All adult members will be subject to a background check (Megan’s Law) and must show proof of a current, negative TB test before acceptance into the school.

Five “parent teachers” are scheduled to work each day making the adult-child ratio at least one adult to five children (plus the director). All parents help at the preschool by working an assigned day each week under the guidance of a professional teacher-director. Parents are responsible for preparing a weekly art project, craft, science project or activity and rotate through five work areas on a five week cycle.

The school’s goal is to create a nurturing, safe, enriched, play-based environment that allows the preschool child to develop the social and emotional skills necessary for success in kindergarten and beyond.

As members of the Castro Valley Parent Nursery School, each family has Commitments and Responsibilities to fulfill.

Learn more about The School Facility.

Find out about Membership Benefits.

Arrange a Visit to the School.