YWCA Family Cooperative Preschool offers a safe, nurturing, sensory-rich environment where parents share in their child’s first school experience outside of the home. Teachers, parents, and children can work, play, learn, and grow together as family and as a supportive community for each other.

Promoting individual interests and offering a rich environment for exploration and discovery, we support the growing physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs of the whole child.

We believe that a creative, developmentally appropriate, child-directed learning environment—supported by family—can create a positive attitude towards future learning.

The diverse, cooperative parent community is there to support not only their child, but other children and families in the school.

YFCP provides parents an opportunity to learn more about child development, their own child, themselves, and each other in a friendly, supportive, community environment.

YWCA Family Cooperative Preschool Santa Monica, CA

In addition to the co-operative model that we embrace, we are a non-academic, non-judgmental environment, dedicated to supporting the individual developmental needs of children. Our bottom line is helping to keep children emotionally and physically safe. We see conflicts as opportunities for growth. The non-structured approach allows for a certain level of freedom in which children can practice and test out their new skills.

A non-judgmental approach allows another being to experience life for him/her, with guidance, not control.  It maintains the stance that people are positively motivated to learn and grow and that everyone has their own unique style within a common foundation. A non-judgmental approach helps a child build an intrinsic sense of self, a world in which development is understood and celebrated, mistakes are allowed, feelings are validated, and connecting with others is supported.  Our job as parents and teachers is to connect with our children; to learn what children are communicating through their behavior, and to support their feelings and needs and to help them gain tools to appropriately express themselves.