Play is our work.

The Menlo-Atherton Cooperative Nursery School is a play-based preschool where parent participation allows children and families to learn and grow together.

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In these times of so much pressure and expectations on our young children, I am grateful for the firm belief in the power of play.
The whole experience of being there with my child is priceless for me. I also love that I have met so many like-minded parents!
An incredibly powerful learning experience… I am a much better parent now than I was before I started participating at the co-op.

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6 Reasons Kids Don’t Help Around the House—and What You Can Do About It Aha! Parenting

According to a Time/CNN poll, two-thirds of American parents think their children are spoiled. Research suggests that kids who have household responsibilities are more likely to help others outside the home.

Delaying Kindergarten May Bring Mental Health Benefits for Kids

Postponing kindergarten may help children develop more emotional self-regulation, as they benefit from prolonged exposure to a play-based curriculum.

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