St. Andrew Cooperative Preschool

/Preschool Program
Preschool Program 2017-09-05T13:58:47+00:00

In a cooperative preschool, the parents act as teaching assistants under the guidance of paid professional teachers.  Parents are also expected to take on certain duties as well as projects outside of their scheduled parent-teacher work day.   The parents contribute in the actual functioning, and thereby success of their child’s school.  This active participation may be one of the greatest advantages to a cooperative preschool like St. Andrew.
On average, parents are scheduled to work two to three days a month in the classroom.  They also participate in two school clean-up days and have one parent project.

We are excited to now be able to offer a non-coop option for families.  Tuition is adjusted accordingly.  Please see our current hours and tuition under Contact Info.

The Mission

The mission of this non-religious, play-based preschool is to provide recreational, physical, creative and educational activities for preschool children in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. At St. Andrew Preschool, the student teacher ratio is 5:1 (or better!) We also promote parental education regarding the intellectual and social growth and development of their children.

The philosophy of St. Andrew Preschool is that education though play acts as a foundation of a preschooler’s education. Play is important business. Your child will learn many of the most important things that they will ever learn during their preschool career. Your child will learn about getting along with other children and adults, protecting their rights, being sympathetic to other people’s feelings, and exerting inner control. Your child will experience these important life lessons through play and will learn them best with thoughtful and loving leadership.

St Andrew Coop Preschool drawing

Parent Commitments

Preschool boy

The parents make the school the special place that it is. Their involvement not only enriches their child’s education and their bond together, but by having parents “run” the school, it also keeps the tuition very affordable. Here is a list of the parent requirements:
1. Work in the classroom 2 – 3 times a month, and attend 5 evening parent meetings
2. Participate in two of three weekend clean-up days.
3. Work one 1 hour shift per event. (for example, the Harvest Festival)
4. Be responsible for one parent project

Contact Info

St. Andrew Cooperative Preschool
Lic # 440700592 

Director:  Katherine Gleaton
9850 Monroe Avenue
Aptos, CA 95003

Phone: (831) 688-7095
School Hours:  Monday – Wednesday – Friday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Tuition: $300 per month
                $480 per month ~ non-coop option
Preschool girl