Preschool in Los Angeles, CA 90026
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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WHO WE ARE
Hilltop Nursery School is a parent-participation cooperative Preschool founded in 1951. Parents and staff have worked hard to meet the changing needs of the family and to provide quality, professional early childhood education within a diverse urban environment.
A cooperative nursery school is “owned” by the community of families it serves. Parents are involved in all aspects of their child’s education, from participating in the classroom, hiring staff and serving on the board of directors, to organizing fund-raising activities for the school. This participation demands commitment from every family, but there are many rewards! Co-op members benefit by being part of an extended family and feeling secure about where and by whom their child is being taught.
Co-op members benefit by being part of an extended family. For children, the benefits of a cooperative school are even greater. With family members involved, the transitions from home life to school life is easier, a child’s self esteem is boosted and both parent and child develop a dynamic learning relationship that carries over into the future.
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At Hilltop, learning is fun! We have a “free-choice”, play-based, emergent curriculum, in which children are allowed to choose from a wide variety of activities, all designed to help them develop life’s basic growing skills: self-esteem, self-expression, and a curiosity for the world around them. We offer creative experiences in art, music, movement, science and nature, communication and language, and physical education. Our goal is to provide children their first glimpse of the world in a safe environment where the hard work of growing up and solving problems can be learned through personal experiences.
By inviting parents to share their own skills at Hilltop, we all learn from each other. Parents gain new insights into child-raising issues from other parents, school staff, and guest speakers. Because we have families from many different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, we learn to accept and respect other cultures and lifestyles. Overall, Hilltop teaches an awareness of community while respecting the uniqueness of each individual child. To us, that’s a great responsibility, and it’s one we’ve handled exceptionally well for more than 50 years.