Montclair Community Play Center (MCPC) is a play-based parent’s cooperative preschool in Oakland, CA.
Each year since 1933, our beloved play-based school has created community with 25 diverse families, working together to facilitate our children's development in all areas. Working in community, we create a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment, in which our children can learn to resolve conflict, build self-esteem and value diversity. Our campus is located in Montclair and nestled among beautiful redwood trees. Our space includes a nature area with chickens, two large outdoor play spaces, an all-weather outdoor art space, a large playroom, a stand-alone learning annex and a snack room.
Why choose a co-op preschool?
At no other time in your child's life will you have the opportunity to be so involved and influential in your child's education. You will experience your child's joy of discovery, power of independence, and pride of accomplishment. As MCPC parents, we have experienced the rewards of a cooperative preschool, and know that we have truly provided an excellent learning opportunity for our children. And though participation in a cooperative preschool can be demanding, we find the rewards of parent education and the time spent interacting with our children are well worth the effort.
Our programs are based on four key principles:
Developmental Model of Learning
Emphasizes free-choice play and hands-on experience that satisfies children's needs, interests and abilities.
Daily interaction supports learning for both parent and child. To promote parental involvement, we offer parent education on a variety of child-rearing topics throughout the year.
Focus on Conflict Resolution
Parents and children learn the skills they need to resolve conflict both at school and home.
CELEBRATING DIFFERENCES, RECOGNIZING COMMONALITIES
All programs and activities integrate diversity and inclusion as a key pillar. Our anti-bias orientation allows children to explore the differences and similarities between people, in a safe and open environment.