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“At first, when we looked into CCNS, the level of commitment required by the families stumped me. However, I was amazed by the variety of activities, and how happy the kids appeared. I had visited other preschools but there seemed to be something absent. A news reporter featured me on the front cover of the San Jose Mercury news asking me how the pressures were to ‘choose’ a preschool. At the time, I wasn’t even considering the idea – then realized that times have changed. Children are growing up younger and need the assistance to mature in a social but nurturing environment. CCNS isn’t just about the ‘whole’ child - I love CCNS because it is about the ‘whole family’ and it involves its ‘whole community.’”
“I can't imagine if we hadn't signed up for CCNS! All of the work my husband and I have put into it thus far has been so rewarding, because I know all of the other parents are working hard for the school. It's a truly cooperative environment. You get out of it what you put into it.
My daughter, hesitant to go to a new place at first, has transitioned so well and I have watched CCNS become HER school. I have no doubt that CCNS will hold a treasured, special place in her childhood memories. In fact, I was a little saddened to think that my son (now 7) did not have all of the opportunities that Sarafina has had in the mere 8 weeks she's been attending! For example, he does not have a "memory book" (one of the projects parents must complete and share at the end of the year) of his own to look back on. Sarafina already has so much to put in her memory book. Choosing the right school makes all the difference! We are already so thankful for what CCNS has given back to us. (Thank you, Lori!)”
“I had recently moved to Sunnyvale and knew hardly anyone in the community. Then I started at CCNS with my daughter, and instantly felt welcomed into a warm and friendly environment. The friends I've made at CCNS will stay with me for a lifetime.”
“My first impression of CCNS was a lasting one...I stopped in unannounced (as I firmly believe one should do in order to get a "true picture" of a prospective preschool). I was immediately greeted by Director Michelle Edgecumbe, welcomed by her fabulous smile and then invited into the Music Room for Circle Time. I was invited to stay as long as I wanted and encouraged to ask questions of any of the parents. I think I made up my mind that CCNS was the school for my children before I even stepped outside into the backyard...and then I saw that backyard! The decision was made then and there! And unlike my negative experience visiting other preschools where I was told to "make an appointment to visit" or "visits only take place at Open House", my positive experience visiting CCNS encouraged me rather than turned me away. You know what they say about first impressions...I certainly wasn't disappointed!”
“Our experience at CCNS was one of enrichment and joy as we watched our daughter go through the many wonderful experiences offered at the school. Seeing our daughter collect her first egg from the barn, riding the bikes in an endless circle and making tile patterns on the carpet with Teacher Lori was great to watch. We learned by doing with field trips, cooking projects, art and science experiments. We also developed a sense of community when the children shared snack together, played games and came with their families to the many school activities from camping to the snow day, all taking place in the play yard of the school. It was like having a second home.
We loved our experience at CCNS and have no regrets. Yes, the time volunteering can be overwhelming at times and yet we could always find support in this wonderful community when we need it. We hope you have as much fun as we did.”
-Andrea, Robert and Maya Sabatino
“CCNS is an amazing experience…for both the child and the parent. Through the play-based curriculum, my son has learned how to make choices for himself, live with consequences and negotiate the social and structural demands of school. As a young reader, my son was able to develop that talent, work on areas that were more difficult to him and, most of all, gain a love of learning. As a parent working in the classroom, I have gained a broader perspective on child development, learned new parenting skills and have made life-long friends. The thing that sets CCNS apart is the dedication and commitment of its director, teachers and parents. It is a very well run school that doesn’t lose sight of creating an inclusive, tight-knit community. CCNS is a very special place and I feel lucky to have been part of it.”
“Our children thrived in the safe yet highly stimulating learn-thru-play environment of the Cupertino Co-op Nursery School. Above and beyond the rich experiences our three boys enjoyed as they developed and matured through their preschool years, choosing CCNS helped us become better parents. The co-op preschool model is explicitly designed to develop the parent's skills and confidence though weekly participation and parent education and CCNS provides a strong parental support system of other parents, staff, and outside resources and experts.”
-The Morales Family, CCNS 2001-2008
“When I found out from the CCNS website about the responsibilities of a CCNS family, I was worried. The responsibilities are overwhelming. A few of my other Mom friends signed up and so did I. My rationale is that first, there may not be a spot for us, and second, we can still turn it down if we got accepted. We submitted our application in October 2006, almost a year before the school year starts. We got a spot. I was overwhelmed, but, after much agonizing, we decided to try it out.
I am so glad we did. Now, about half way through the school year, I have everything good to say about the school. The teachers are amazing. They are not only the children's teacher, they are also the parents' teachers, at least to me. They are patient and help everyone to be successful in their jobs. They consider us as partners in school, which I think, is very important. We all have a vested interest and this is what motivates us, at least I can say that for myself.
Teacher Michelle, the director of the program, is one individual with so much energy and love for the children. You have to meet her to understand what I mean. Not enough words can sufficiently describe her. Her passion for the school makes me feel so privileged to be part of the school. I feel safe and this makes me feel secure leaving my precious son in the care of these teachers.
The parents are also a group of people I have grown to respect. I realize that, like me, they just want the best environment for their children to learn and develop in. We help each other with our responsibilities and support each other. Most of the parents I've met, put in so much effort to make the school a better place for everyone. I learned as much about parenting from the night seminars, teachers, and other parents. I know Nathan learns as much from these other parents too as he is exposed to families from different backgrounds. I am so glad to be a part of this community.”
“I'll always remember the day we discovered the school. My son and I were driving by and saw the sign for the Open House. We decided to stop in. We were introduced to the warmest most welcoming lady, Michelle. As we followed her around, a little boy walked by and she got down to his level and showed him that his shoe was untied. "How does your mommy do it? With one knot or two?" The little boy just blinked back at her. She then checked the other shoe and tied it accordingly and he was off! I was immediately impressed with the special individual care he received...and since joining the school see that every child receives that kind of attention, love and care. Both my children now attend and love it so much that playing "school" at home is their favorite activity! Once you join, it's like becoming part of a wonderful family that not only helps your child grow developmentally, but helps you grow as a parent. I've learned a lot from their adult education program as it's given me more tools to use in my parenting. I would not hesitate to recommend this school to anyone. It is a true gem.”