My oldest son attended Grace for two years, and my middle son is in his second year there now. My youngest son will start next year. Grace Cooperative is a terrific preschool -- it's all about "learning through play," which is the most appropriate way for preschoolers to learn. The teachers take the time to get to know each child, and having parents working alongside teachers in the classroom not only reduces the adult:student ratio -- providing for lots of individualized attention -- but also allows parents to see how and what their children are learning. One of the best features of Grace, though, is the incredible sense of community that's fostered there. Multiple school events (marching in the Twilight Parade, picnics, Pumpkin Day, Family Feast day) allow ample opportunities for parents (and children) to connect with each other, and our whole family has gained several strong friendships as a result. Certainly, co-ops are not for everyone; not all parents have the time (or inclination) to work in classrooms. However, for those committed to a cooperative model, I highly recommend Grace Cooperative Preschool.
I have two boys who are Grace Cooperative alum and two more who just started this year. This is not just a preschool, but a community. Parents and educators work together to make the classroom both fun and educational. As a wise politician once wrote, "it takes a village..."; well that's what GCP is! With events outside of the classroom, both on campus and off, GCP has become a social center and a touchstone for the education and the social development of my children as well as my wife and myself. We're fiercely loyal to the people who make this place a go. I'd recommend Grace Cooperative Preschool to anyone who is willing to put into the community as much as they hope to get out of it.
Our two sons attended Grace and our family loved it there. There is a nice sense of community, warm and caring families and teachers, and a play based program that allowed the boys to learn, but still be kids. We recommend Grace to anyone that is able to commit time to the school since it is a cooperative school. Our children were academically, socially, and emotionally prepared for elementary school.
What a wonderful preschool. I was lucky enough to spend four years as a parent at this school with two of my sons. Grace's "Learning Through Play" philosophy allowed my sons to flourish. With open ended play enriched by storytime, art, cooking, music, and science, I have seen the children at Grace develop into well rounded individuals who love learning and who have the social-emotional skills they need to succeed in the larger world. With a lovely garden, a new "natural playground" and a welcoming atmosphere, Grace is really an incredible first school experience.
Grace Cooperative Preschool in Walnut Creek, CA is the epitome of its name, a beautiful collaborative of supportive, accommodating, helpful and sharing teachers, parents, families and children. Two of my grandsons have participated at Grace for the past six years and two more will enter this fall. Participants receive ten-fold more than they give in effort. My grandchildren are joyous in their learning, sharing, creating and expressions. Not only do they learn, grow and thrive in the nurturing grace of Grace Cooperative Preschool, their entire extended family thrives. Their parents enjoy the families they work with, as do three sets of grandparents and several aunts and uncles who all attend the events
Our oldest child enrolled at Grace in 2007, and we soon learned what an amazing school it is and what a great opportunity a cooperative preschool provides for families. Fast forward to 2009, and it was our second child's turn to start preschool, and enrolling him at Grace was a no-brainer. Now, in 2013, it's our youngest children's turn to start their school experience, and we are so excited to be going back to Grace one more time! What makes this school amazing are the teachers and the community feel. The director and teaching staff are caring and take the time to get to know the children and their families. They are also extremely knowledgeable, and their curriculum is engaging for students and parents. Because it is a co-op, the parents are an active part of helping to run the school, and there are a wide variety of jobs to choose from, whether you like to help maintain the backyard play space, run the annual school fundraiser, or assist with art supplies or the school garden. All are welcome at Grace, and it's a wonderful way to participate in your child's educational experience as well as to be a part of a fun and supportive family community. Our children have thrived here!
We love Grace Cooperative Preschool! Our first child was at Grace for three years, including the awesome KinderPrep program. We were thrilled when our second child started school at Grace last year. He loves it, and so does our entire family. I especially love the backyard- such a fun, natural place for the kids to explore and connect. The teachers are so wonderful- knowledgable, down to earth and kind, with lots of experience with kids. It's a co-op, so parents help to run the school. This helps families really connect to each other, and forms a great community. We have felt so lucky to be a part of this community and school.