About Us

Philosophy

Valley Parent Preschool’s curriculum is an emergent one, based on a developmental approach to learning.  Our program focuses on the whole child and provides opportunities for children to enhance their emotional, social, creative, physical and cognitive growth.

Children are natural learners, motivated by their own desire to understand their world through first-hand experiences. Our school is designed to provide an environment and activities that encourage curiosity and foster exploration.

We believe play is the primary method through which children learn.  As Dr. Pat Nourot explains, “Children learn best by doing what they do spontaneously, and what they do spontaneously is play.”  It is through play that children develop the skills that prepare them to be life long learners.

Our schedule allows for long periods of open play as well as more structured small group experiences. Regular activities include games, storytelling, singing, dancing, small and large motor activities, process oriented art, hands-on science experiments, cooking, gardening, building, creating and exploring.

Valley Parent is a cooperative school. We believe the family is the most influential teacher in a child’s life and we feel privileged to partner alongside you. Parent involvement is crucial to the success of our program and we look forward to working together.

History

Valley Parent Preschool opened in Alamo in 1962. Three years later we moved to the education wing of St. Timothy’s Church in Danville where we stayed for 30 years. Although Valley Parent was not affiliated with the church, we shared a common goal of service to the community.

In 1996, after much hard work and ambitious fundraising, we moved to our current property at 935 Camino Ramon. Over the past 50 years many wonderful directors, teachers and families have been a part of our program and helped us grow.  We look forward to the next 50 years!

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