Established in 1949, Parents Nursery School (PNS) is a non-profit, cooperative nursery school located in the heart of the Silicon Valley.

We serve a diverse collection of families in Palo Alto and surrounding communities.


Parents Nursery School is child-centered, with an extremely low child-to-adult ratio. We provide children and their families a nurturing, developmentally appropriate, play-based curriculum. Our students develop in all areas including creativity, cooperation, peaceful conflict resolution, positive communication, fine and gross motor skills and kindergarten readiness.


Walking through the gate into our spacious and woodsy yard, you’ll know you have entered a special place. You are walking into a place where children are busy with the work and play of childhood, where parents learn just as much at school each day as their children do, and where families connect in a close community.


Parents Nursery School offers parents an opportunity to learn about parenting issues and to actively participate in their child’s education. We offer part-time, play-based preschool programs for children ages 2-5 and their families. Our Parent Observation program is for children age 2 by September 1. Our Mixed Age classes are for children age 3 by March 31st of the school year he/she is enrolled.  The 4/5s program is reserved for children who will be heading to kindergarten the following year.


A cooperative preschool is organized and administered by the parents and is operated under the direction of trained teachers.  Its success depends on the collaborative efforts of all members.  A co-op operates most effectively when parents and the teachers pool their efforts and resources to the best advantage of the children. Parents and teachers work together to teach to (or meet) the developmental needs of each child.

Why Parent Education?

Parents are an integral part of the school. They work together with the teachers/directors of the school to handle the administrative tasks that keep our school running smoothly. Each family shares in the business operation of the school, thus making it a truly cooperative venture. At our evening classes we discuss school business and education topics designed to help us both as parents and as parent-teachers in the classroom. We usually meet one to two times a month at 7 pm on a weekday evening.

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We all love when our kids get to explore their creative sides. At PNS there’s always many possibilities to be creative. Every day ...

At Parents Nursery School we always try to celebrate every special event. For Valentine’s Day all the activities had a love theme ...