Sunnymont-Westside Parent Co-op Nursery School is hiring!
to Aug 1

Sunnymont-Westside Parent Co-op Nursery School is hiring!

One of our amazing Parent Co-Op Preschools is looking for a new team member for the fall of 2016!

Sunnymont-Westside Parent Co-op Nursery School, located in San Jose, is looking for a teacher/parent educator to lead their “1 Day” Toddler Class on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30pm to 2:30pm.

Please apply if you feel this would be a good fit or feel free to share with someone you feel would be a good fit!

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to Mar 16

Common Ground Speaker Series - March 15th & 16th, 2016

John Ratey, MD

The Brain-Fitness Connection: Achieving Optimal Physical and Mental Health

Harvard psychiatrist and best selling author John Ratey redefines the concept of peak performance with research that illustrates how exercise sparks the growth of new brain cells and leads to greater physical and mental well-being. He presents persuasive evidence that certain forms of exercise may be the best defense we have against ADHD, substance abuse, mood swings and the effects of aging. Ratey has published nine books including the groundbreaking Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, the ADD-ADHD series Driven to Distraction and Go Wild. Ratey shows us how to put the brain-fitness connection to use to reduce feelings of stress, sharpen our focus and improve our mood.

Tues, Mar 15, 2016, 7pm

St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School

16 Baldwin Avenue

San Mateo

(650) 342-5436


Wed, Mar 16, 2016, 9am

Trinity School 

2650 Sand Hill Road

Menlo Park

(650) 854-0288


Wed, Mar 16, 2016, 7pm

Bellarmine College Preparatory School

960 W Hedding Street

San Jose

(408) 294-9224


Parents, faculty and staff from 29 member schools can attend Common Ground events free of charge. Guests not affiliated with a member school may attend for a $20 fee at the door.


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7:00 PM19:00

SCVC Speaker Night - Feb 9th 2016

SCVC is delighted to host an evening with Heather Shumaker, award-winning author of several books on parenting and early childhood development. 

Heather will be speaking on the topics covered in her book It’s OK Not to Share…And Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids (Tarcher/ Penguin 2012), and also sharing from her soon-to-be-released 2nd book  It's OK to Go Up the Slide (Tarcher/Penguin, publication date March 2016).This event is sponsored by SCVC and is free to all member families, alumni and staff of our 14 member preschools. For a full list of those schools, visit "Our Preschools"page on SCVC's website

Please RSVP by clicking on this link:

Tickets are allocated by school. Seating is limited so if you find you can not attend, please return and cancel your order or notify the event organizer.

Event Details: 

Date: Tuesday, 9th February 2016 at 7PM
Location: Explorer Preschool
Lincoln Glen Church, Main Sanctuary
2700 Bookish Avenue, San Jose, CA 

6:30pm -7:00 pm - Social networking time with tea and cookies in the lobby

7:00pm - 8:45 pm - Heather Shumaker will speak

8:45 pm onwards -  Explorer Preschool families will exit for a business meeting next door. All others are welcome to stay and socialize for a little longer after the event. 


More about Heather: Ms. Shumaker is an advocate for free, unstructured play in homes and schools, and a nationally recognized writer and speaker. Her publications include articles in magazines, newspapers and other national news such as: New York Post, Organic Gardening, Parenting, Pregnancy, Huffington Post among others. You can visit her at

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We hope you can make it!

Santa Clara Valley Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This event is for adult parents, grandparents, caregivers and educators. However, those with nursing infants are welcome to bring babies in carriers. Bring your id to the event so that we can match you to your registration information. 

Where should we park?

Parking is available on Booksin Avenue alongside the church property, or in the northern most parking lot. When parking in the north lot, follow the sidewalk across the small field and around to the right to the main sanctuary entrance. Greeters will be on hand to point people in the right direction. Consider bringing a small flashlight as the pathway can be dark at night. 

What can/can't I bring to the event?

There will be tea, coffee and cookies available in the lobby. Food and drinks are not allowed in the main room (the sanctuary). However, you may bring outside food (especially for those who don't have time for dinner); just make sure it stays in the lobby. 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Feel free to contact SCVC's President, Kasia Murdoch or by cell 510-710-0479. You can also use the "CONTACT ORGANIZER" button on this site. 

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, all tickets are transferrable. If you know you can not attend, please cancel your ticket or alert the event organizer, as ticket quantities are limited and the event may sell out. Or you may pass your ticket along to a friend; just have them tell us at the check-in desk. 

Can I update my registration information?

You may update your registration information anytime by logging into Eventbrite. 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not need to bring your ticket to the event if we have your name. We will have a list of ticket holder names and tickets at check-in. 

What is the refund policy?

No refund needed as the event is free to SCVC Member Preschool families, staff, alumni and their guests. 

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Yes, tickets are transferrable. Please inform us at check-in of your name and school affiliation and whose ticket you are using. Or alter that information online prior to coming. 


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to Feb 3

Common Ground Speaker Series - February 2nd & 3rd , 2016

Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD

The Science of Happiness: Creating a Meaningful Life

Sonja Lyubomirsky, best-selling author and professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, draws from over two decades of rigorous scientific research to present a pragmatic approach to realizing our happiness potential and explains how small, simple activities can transform us into flourishing, contented individuals. Lyubomirskywhose books include The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn’t, What Shouldn’t Make You Happy but Does and The How of Happiness received her BA from Harvard University and her PhD in social psychology from Stanford University. She dismantles myths that happiness will be attained once we hit the culturally confirmed markers of success and offers concrete, researched-based solutions for increasing and sustaining happiness.


Tues, Feb 2, 2016, 7pm

Crystal Springs Uplands School

400 Uplands Drive


(650) 342-4175


Wed, Feb 3, 2016, 9am

The Harker School, Middle School Campus

3800 Blackford Ave

San Jose

(408) 248-2510


Parents, faculty and staff from 29 member schools can attend Common Ground events free of charge. Guests not affiliated with a member school may attend for a $20 fee at the door.


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7:00 PM19:00

SCVC Networking Evening

The Santa Clara Valley Council of CCPPNS is hosting a fabulous evening of networking for SCVC member preschools on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (Veteran's Day) from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm at Explorer Parent Participation Preschool, Upstairs in ROOM 11, (at Lincoln Glen Church) 2700 Booksin Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125. Dinner will be provided.

Parking: Park on Booksin Avenue and walk in on plaza between church buildings or park in the North Parking Lot and follow the path across the grassy field to Explorer's Gate

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3:30 PM15:30

Common Ground Speaker Series - February 4th, 2016

Elisha Goldstein, PhD

Mindfulness Training: A Workshop for Parents, Educators and Children, 4th Grade and Up

Elisha Goldstein, PhD, is a psychologist, author and internationally acclaimed speaker on mindfulness-based stress reduction. Co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in West Los Angeles, he is the author of five books, including the recently released, Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, and the best-selling The Now Effect: How This Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life.  He has authored numerous articles about mindfulness and is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. Goldstein introduces us to the practice of CALM (Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness) a program for teens he developed with his wife Dr. Stefanie Goldstein. Don’t miss this unique opportunity for you and your children to learn practical strategies to calm anxious minds, transform negative emotions and facilitate greater self acceptance and peace.

Thurs, Feb 4, 2016, 7pm

Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School

450 San Antonio Road

Palo Alto

(650) 494-8200

Parents, faculty and staff from 29 member schools can attend Common Ground events free of charge. Guests not affiliated with a member school may attend for a $20 fee at the door.

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to Jan 15

Common Ground Speaker Series- January 14, 2016

Mental Health Panel: Positive Responses to Our Children's Distress Signals

Denise Pope, Ph.D. leads a panel discussion about strategies for promoting positive emotional health during adolescence with Stanford physicians Shashank Joshi, M.D. and Neville Golden, M.D. The panel will discuss the negative impact of childhood stress on physical and mental health and how to distinguish between normal adolescent stress and symptoms of mental illness.

Shashank Joshi, M.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Stanford School of Medicine and a nationally recognized leader in suicide prevention and school mental health policy. Joshi serves as Director of School Mental Health Services, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. His many awards include Outstanding Seminar Series, Stanford School of Medicine and the Honorary Service Award for Suicide Prevention and Health Promotion, Palo Alto Unified School District and California State Assembly.

Neville Golden, M.D., Division Chief, Adolescent Medicine at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, received his medical degree from Cape Town Medical School and has been in practice for over 40 years. Golden is Director of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Training Program and was awarded the Marron and Mary Elizabeth Kendrick Professor in Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Denise Pope is the author of Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed-Out, Materialistic and Miseducated Students and the recently released Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids which provides a concrete framework to reduce stress while engaging students in real learning. A Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education, Pope is a three-time recipient of the Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award. She is co-founder of Challenge Success, a research and intervention project that aims to reduce pressure and champion a broader vision of success for children and adolescents.

Date: Thurs, Jan 14, 2016, 7pm

Location: Sacred Heart Prepatory, 150 Valparaiso Ave, Atherton

Phone: (650) 322-1866


Parents, faculty and staff from 29 member schools can attend Common Ground events free of charge. Guests not affiliated with a member school may attend for a $20 fee at the door.


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to Oct 31

Job Posting: LAPP Hiring Assistant Teacher

Los Altos Parent Preschool is currently accepting application for Assistant Teacher

Minimum Qualifications:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be able to meet licensing requirements as a full ECE teacher (able to supervise 12 children, and other “staff,” which includes parent volunteers) 
  • have earned a minimum of 12 semester ECE units as required by State Community Care Licensing, including Child Growth and Development, Child Family and Community, and curriculum classes

Preferred Qualification:

  • Experience with families and preschool children, especially in a co-op setting


    • Implement planned activities with the children each work day under the direct supervision of the Lead Teacher, to whom s/he is responsible.  
    • Assist work parents, provide enrichment activities, participate in group times and be available to spend one-on-one time with children as needed.  
    • Report directly to the Lead Teacher in charge of the class and fulfill other duties as requested by the teacher.  
    • Attend Other Parent Days, Official Play Days, school family events and staff meetings as requested.  
  • May attend other school events, such as the Board Retreat, if requested.  Attendance at other events will be arranged on an event-by-event basis. 

Working Conditions:

  • The Teacher will work M-F from 8:45-11:45 during the school year (early September to early June).  

Note: This position may be shared by two people if the situation warrants.  If you are interested in working only Tuesday/Thursday (2s/3s class) or only Monday/Wednesday/Friday (3s/4s class), please note your preferred days in your cover letter.

  • Additional hours during summer school or working with enrichment classes may be available.
  • S/He may also be paid for attendance at 2 Other Parent Days (1.5 hours each, on Saturdays), and 2 Official Play Days (usually in August, 2 hours each) per year.  
  • S/He will also be paid for attending 10 staff meetings (2 hours each) throughout the year, and for family events such as Stories under the Stars, Spring Sing, Open House, etc.  Six hours per year will be paid for attendance at other school events. Some events will be in the early evenings.  

Send cover letter and resume to:

Lisa Henry, Board President

Los Altos Parent Preschool

201 Covington Ave

Los Altos, CA 94024

For more information about our program, please see our website



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to Aug 27

Saratoga Parent Nursery School has openings!

Saratoga Parent Nursery School is reopening in a few weeks and we still have openings in our classes!

The classes are Mommy & Me/Daddy & Me style with no required school or class jobs.

We have a Monday afternoon class for 12-24 months, along with Wednesday mornings and Saturday mornings for 24-36 months.

Saratoga Parents Nursery School
20490 Williams Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070

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to Aug 31

Cupertino Co-op Nursery School has openings for 2015-16 School Year

Hi Parents!
Know anyone who needs a co-op school?

CCNS has a few spots open up in both our M-W-Th and T-Th-F PM classes for next school year (2015-16). If you or anyone you know is interested in enrolling, please have them contact our VP at for more information and to schedule a tour.

These open spots won't last for long so contact us today!
Please share..

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to Mar 21


A Conference For Parents

Downtown San Jose Hilton

Join parents and educators from all over the state for a fun and inspiring two-day event. We’ll gather for stimulating workshops and featured speakers focusing on child development and early-learning. Come hone your parenting skills and add to your "bag of tricks" for educating and raising happy, responsible and self-confident children in this high tech world we live in. “Unplug & Play — A Conference for Parents” will equip and inspire parents and educators to be aware of and purposeful in how we manage and use electronics.

Learn More

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10:00 AM10:00

SJPPNS Open House

San Jose Parent Participating Nursery School Open House

San Jose Parents Participating Nursery School is a great co-op located at 2180 Radio Avenue in Willow Glen, next to Lincoln Glen Park.  Each class is directed by a credentialed teacher/director, experienced in early childhood education and development. Required parent participation ensures a high adult to child ratio, as well as low monthly tuitions. 

What I love about our school is that you learn right along with your children while working in the classroom, attending weekly conferences, and participating in evening meetings. There are also several fun family events throughout the year that give you a chance to get to know the other families at the school and build a sense of community.

For more information, please check out our website at or contact our Membership Chair, Alison Donahue at

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11:00 AM11:00

santa saturday

Santa Saturday

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Game & Raffle Tickets Available at the Door 
or get a GREAT deal NOW with our special presale packages!

Email or 

Almaden Parents' Preschool
5805 Cahalan Avenue
San Jose CA 95123
408-225-7211 ~

Dear Members, Alumni, Family, & Friends,
Mark your calendars-SANTA SATURDAY is coming up this weekend! Bring the family & friends for a visit with Santa Claus and have a photo taken to remember the 2014 holidays. Children will enjoy creating holiday masterpieces and purchasing (secret) gifts for their family & friends at Santa's Secret Store! There will also be great Raffle Prizes AND Silent Auction items. Please support APPS in our biggest fundraiser of the year! Bring your family, your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, and anyone with young children and let's all enjoy the magic of the season at APPS.

Visit with our professional Santa (his beard is REAL!) and take a high quality photo in front of our theater-quality painted holiday backdrop! Emailed picture will be delivered to your Inbox within 48 hours of the event and a personalized letter from Santa will be delivered to your home before Christmas. Skip the Mall lines!
-Visit with Santa only: NO CHARGE 
- Emailed Photo: $5 each
- Personalized Letter: $5 each

Enjoy Pizza, fresh fruit, rice krispie treat & drink, followed by an afternoon full of activities and holiday joy! Lunch: $5 each

- Raffle Tickets: $1 per ticket 
- ITEMS INCLUDE: Disneyland Passes, Cancun Tickets, Boy and Girl Razor Scooters, Wine Tasting, Exploratorium, Gilroy Garden & Zoo Tickets, Kid's Baskets with toys and MORE!!

- Children can shop in "secret" for family, friends and pets for items priced between $.50 and $8. Items will be wrapped after purchase by volunteers in the store so they can be kept secret. 
NEW THIS YEAR: Gourmet Chocolate Gift Packs

Canvas Artwork from the children will be on sale for $5. 
Assorted Arts & Crafts: 1 ticket 
-Snowman Craft
-Sand Art
SPECIAL GAMES & CRAFTS 2+tickets each
-Crazy Hair & Face Painting 
-Cookie Decorating 
GAMES(Everyone Wins!) 1 ticket
- Ice Fishing
- Candy Cane Hockey
- Buried Treasure
- Lollipop Pull
- Reindeer Throw
- Balloon Stomp

Cash, PayPal, & Checks to APPS accepted.

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