What is the ratio of adult to child in each class?
Each class has approximately one adult to every three children. In addition to the teacher and assistant teacher, each class has a specific number of work parents assigned.
How often does a parent have to work in class?
A parent should be prepared to work in the classroom approximately one day per week per child.
Occasionally you will need to attend class with your child on a day other than your regular work day (when field trips or other special activities require the presence of extra adults).
How does a parent participate in class?
You participate in the preschool class by attending your child’s class as a work
parent. In the 2s/3s class, specific jobs are assigned to you on the schedule. Jobs
may include: snack person, inside art helper, outside sensory/art helper, outside
large motor/sand area helper, or floater. In the 3s/4s class, only the snack parent is
assigned, and others selected by work parents on a first-come, first-served basis as
you arrive. In the Pre-K class, there is no snack parent, and all jobs are selected by
work parents on a first-come, first-served basis when you arrive on your work day.
Apart from working in class, what other commitments are there?
You will help run the school by working on a committee (such as Curriculum,
Fundraising, or Facilities) or by serving on the Board of Directors. You will also help
support the program through facility maintenance, special assignments, and
fundraising. Please refer to LAPP’s Basic Membership Participation Requirements
form in your Application packet for more details.
Do I need to attend meetings?
Yes, by enrolling your child in our program, you also become a student, spending
laboratory time in the classroom with your child and lecture time meeting separately
with your adult classmates. The monthly Class Meeting (where the teacher and
work parents meet) is held during the day, while your child is at school. The General
Membership Meetings are all-parent evening meetings (with one or both parents
attending) consisting of parent education lectures. Typically one is scheduled in the
Fall, and one in the Spring.
How is LAPP different from other co-ops in the area?
Los Altos Parent Preschool has been in the community for over 60 years. We have a lovely large facility, with both an indoor classroom and an outdoor play area (known as the “outdoor classroom” or the “OC”) designed, built and maintained by our members. We also enjoy the use of an adjacent playground during our school hours. We believe that parents are drawn to the co-op system because they want to take a meaningful role in their child’s education. At LAPP, parents help to design the curriculum, working with the staff to make sure that choices are developmentally appropriate and enticing for the children. Parents oversee the actual operation, everyday decision-making, and long-term planning for the school, with support and information provided by the teachers.
Can a single-parent family participate?
Absolutely. LAPP is a wonderful community, and we strive to make it a place for all families to participate.
Can a grandparent be the in-class work “parent”?
Yes. We have several families where schedules dictate that neither parent can be in the class, but a grandparent can. We are happy to work with you.
Does my child need to be potty trained?
Children are not required to be potty trained. Staff and work parents will help children with changes of diapers and/or clothing as needed and will make every effort to help individual children who are learning to use the potty.
I have twins, how often will I be required to work and is there a tuition discount?
Families with multiple children enrolled at LAPP will be required to fulfill all LAPP
work, meeting, fundraising and special co-op hours on a per child basis. Maintenance is done on a per family basis. Some portion of these requirements may be waived for all families with multiples at the discretion of the board. There will be a 10% tuition discount for the second child enrolled.
What if I want to preview a class?
Please contact the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 650-947-9371 to arrange a visit.
What is the “Flex Option”?
In an effort to make our program more accessible to all sorts of family dynamics, we introduced an option to pay an increased tuition in exchange for reducing your work obligation in a committee position by approximately 30 hours per year. It can also be used to reduce the amount of work required by a family with twins or multiple enrolled children..
Who provides school snacks?
All snacks are provided by parents. Pre-K parents pack lunch-boxes for their children. In the younger classes, the snacks are provided by the parent assigned to snack duty. A standard snack consists of crackers, fruit and cheese. Snack duty comes around for a parent roughly every 6-8 weeks depending on the class. We are a nut-free school and will make various accommodations for other food allergies.
What is a major maintenance day?
As part of the co-op duties, a parent must help clean the school on one of the school's three scheduled maintenance days.
Does LAPP offer childcare for younger siblings?
No, some families participate in some kind of co-op childcare exchange for their younger children.
Is LAPP licensed?
How long have the teachers been at LAPP and what are their teaching credentials?
Co-director and Teacher of the Pre-K class Kerry Moore has been working with
preschoolers for over 25 years. She holds a BA degree, plus an internationally
recognized Montessori credential and a California Adult Education Clear Credential.
The 2017-2018 school year will be her nineteenth at LAPP.
Teacher Autumn Vandiver teaches the 3s/4s class and has been working in the
field of early childhood education for the past eleven years. In that time, she has
developed a variety of health and fitness programs for preschool families throughout
the Bay Area, worked with coaches to bring developmentally appropriate practices
into existing programs, and written multiple articles on parenting and early childhood
for local publications. Additionally she was an LAPP parent with her own child, and
served on the Board as the SCVC representative. She continued to be involved in
the classroom as an aide and substitute in the years between being a work parent
and a teacher. Autumn is working toward a bachelor's degree in early childhood
education. The 2017-1018 school year will be her seventh full year as a teacher at
Co-director and Teacher Jean Gasperini teachers our 2s/3s class. She has also
had many years of involvement with LAPP, starting in the early 1980’s as a parent,
participating on the Board, as a substitute teacher (including one full school year
teaching the 3’s class) as an aide, and has taught in the last 12 summer programs.
In addition to a BS and MS in special education, Jean completed the program Early
Intervention for Children with Special Needs at Santa Clara University. She is a
licensed preschool teacher and has a CA teaching credential which includes Adult
Education. The 2017-2018 school year will be Jean’s twelfth full year as a teacher
Does LAPP have a wait list?
Priority is given to returning and alumni families. Registration then opens to the public at Open House, typically held the last Saturday in January. If more applications are received then there are openings in a class, a wait list is generated, in line with the priorities.
What if a family wants to enroll multiple children at LAPP?
LAPP offers a 10% discount for the second child enrolled.
How many children are enrolled at LAPP?
School capacity is 64 children across 3 classes.
How do I enroll?
Start by attending the Open House the last Saturday in January or by calling the school for a visit: (650) 947-9371. You can also email us at email@example.com. Once you have visited our school, we will send you a link to the application. The admissions process is explained in further detail on the Admissions page.
How can one learn more about LAPP?
PRE KINDERGARTEN - SPECIFIC FAQS
Who should consider the Pre K class?
The class is designed for children who will be entering Kindergarten the following year.
Children entering the class in the fall of 2017 should turn five between September 2, 2017,
and September 1, 2018. The class is more structured than the morning classes and the
activities offered to the children are more advanced and more “cognitive” in nature.
I’m concerned about the afternoon timeframe. How can I pick up my older child(ren) from school? What about naps?
Children who have napped in the afternoon until attending the Pre K usually adapt quite quickly. They may need a quiet, restful morning on school days in order to have the best possible experience in the afternoon.
Many families have negotiated the afternoon pick-up of older children successfully. Families have swapped with other class members to pick children up on their workday, have had friends drop their older children off at LAPP for the remainder of the afternoon, and have even made arrangements with other work parents to cover for them while they go to pick up their older child and return. As long as coverage is provided for the class, there is quite a bit of flexibility available.
What is the Pre K curriculum?
The curriculum is a natural progression from the curriculum offered in the morning classes. For the most part, children choose their activities freely. Several adult-directed projects are offered each day in addition to child-led free play. The adult-led projects tend to be more “academic” than those offered in the morning, with somewhat fewer art projects and more math/literacy/science activities.
Kerry Moore, the Pre-K teacher, was trained as a Montessori teacher, and uses a lot of Montessori learning games and activities in the class, adapted do fit the co-op classroom. She also likes to focus on developing children’s leadership skills, through encouraging them to speak or sing in front of the group, participate in acting out stories, and help make decisions about how the class runs.
Geography and music appreciation/enrichment are offered once a week, often linked (for instance when the children were learning about North America, they also listened to Native American music).