Our Philosophy

Goals and Objectives

Children can only realize their fullest potential if they are able to develop a positive self-image. At Cupertino Cooperative Nursery School (CCNS) we believe children thrive in our environment, where there are confident people who like, understand and respect them, and a safe, stimulating and supportive environment for them in which to learn and grow.
We believe that play is the most effective means available to young children to accomplish integration and growth. Our goal is to provide the time, space, materials and guidance needed by children to optimize their play experience.

We offer preschoolers...

  • A relaxed environment in which they can learn to cooperate, share, and form friendships with peers.
  • Caring adults. Our average child to adult ratio is 3:1. That ensures there is abundant individual attention for each child.
  • Abundant creative play and movement exploration opportunities to develop physical and mental skills. (Sand, mud, and water, painting and cooking, arts and crafts, carpentry, puzzles and games.)
  • An introduction to more formalized learning. Our preschoolers begin to explore the worlds of science, music, and drama, of colors, numbers, letters, and shapes.
  • Field trips. Frequent field trips to diverse and exciting places, such as a farm, bakery, planetarium, museum, and even a ride on a train, familiarize the preschoolers with a larger world

We offer parents...

  • A safe environment in which they, too, may learn and grow in their understanding of children and may enhance their parenting skills.
  • Ongoing help and support in raising children.
  • Opportunities to share their leadership and business skills, as well as their innate talents, in the day to day running of the school.
  • A place to develop lasting friendships with people who share diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Our Teachers

Michelle Edgecumbe

Director and AM Teacher

Michelle came to Cupertino Co-op Nursery School in 1995 as a participating parent. CCNS offered her the opportunity to be part of her children’s first school experience. “As a very inexperienced parent, CCNS provided the guidance and support I needed to make me feel like a successful parent.” CCNS has also provided the opportunity to make and maintain wonderful friendships that will last a lifetime.

Coming back with her last child Michelle was offered the opportunity to become the Director and AM teacher. “How lucky I am to be back in an environment that allows me to share the joys of childhood with so many wonderful and gifted individuals.”

Michelle grew up in Los Altos, attended local schools and received a degree in Education as well as a teaching credential from California State University at Fresno. Michelle has taught Kindergarten and First Grade in the Santa Clara Unified School District for eight years. She is currently serving as the President of the California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools.   Michelle and husband Eric have 3 children.

Jennie Ivazian

AM Teacher

Jennie first came to Cupertino Co-op as a work parent in the program in 2010. Both of her daughters have attended CCNS’s AM and PM programs. Jennie found the community that Cupertino Co-op provided for both her and her children to be invaluable. Being involved in her children’s school experiences from a young age has proven to be rewarding and enriching as both a mom and an educator. It is for this reason that  Having taught kindergarten through second grade and also 7th grade, Jennie is excited to enter the world of preschool as a teacher. Jennie jumped at the chance to join the wonderful teaching staff at CCNS. She is also currently serving the California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools in the position of Finance North.  

Jennie was born and raised in Fresno and lived in San Luis Obispo, Goleta and Ventura before settling in Sunnyvale with her husband. She considers the bay area an amazing place to live and raise a family with so many wonderful places nearby.
When she’s not volunteering in her children’s elementary classrooms she enjoys gardening (perfecting the art of not overwatering), scrapbooking, endlessly rearranging the furniture in her house, and spending lazy days with her husband and two daughters on the beach in Capitola.   

Monica McCabe

PM Teacher

Monica is a parent alumna of the school. Her 3 children all attended CCNS. Monica and her husband, Larry, both really valued and enjoyed the CCNS preschool experience. They both served on the board of CCNS for 3 years. Monica graduated from Santa Clara University. She has continued to be active in her children's education: volunteering in the classroom as a school art docent, serving as PTA president, and being a Brownie Girl Scout co-leader. "Returning to teach at CCNS is a dream come true." She and her husband are both native San Franciscans, and have been married for 19 years.

Jeanette Kruskamp

PM Teacher

Jeanette joined CCNS at the beginning of 2004. She has taught at another co-op school for eight years as teacher co-director. When her children were born, she realized how important the first years of a child's life are. This is when she entered the studies of Early Childhood Education. She believes in providing a nurturing, hands-on environment in order for children to grow and develop in their five selves. She also believes that Early Childhood Education can make a difference and that parents are a significant part of their child's life.  

Our History

Cupertino Cooperative Nursery School has been helping families and the community since its inception in March 1953 by a group of parents searching for a new way to begin their children’s education. They began with morning sessions and a weekly night meeting for parents at the Cupertino Youth Center. In 1955, CCNS was included in the Adult Education program of the Fremont Union High School District. It has been at the present site for over 25 years. The school is affiliated with the Santa Clara Valley Council of Parent Participation Preschools (SCVC) and the California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools (CCPPNS). The multi-room school and large backyard area afford a wonderful environment for learning and social development.


Through the years, Cupertino Co-op has witnessed a lot of changes, but its spirit has remained constant. Technology has affected our surroundings and the pace of life, yet Cupertino Co-op has remained an oasis for our children. Much of this stability is due to our Directors and teachers who have served our school for long periods of time. Since the founding of CCNS 50+ years ago, we have had only 4 directors. 


Cupertino Co-op was the first childcare center in Sunnyvale to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).