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Our Learning Environments

Our engaging indoor and outdoor classrooms are full of provocations: areas intentionally designed for exploration, and learning opportunities that intrigue and delight children. Each unique environment is separate from the other developmental groups, allowing it to be appropriately safe, yet challenging. 

NAEYC Accreditation

The CEC’s Cooperative Preschool at Caltech is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). From guidelines for teacher preparation through safety standards, NAEYC Accreditation ensures that programs are safe, well prepared, and intentional about ensuring children's success.

Our Cooperative Preschool program is also licensed by the state of California as a community care center under Title 22 - license #198016427.


Our Site at Caltech & Our Teachers

Located in a pair of beautiful craftsman bungalows just one block from the Caltech campus in Pasadena at 250 and 256 South Michigan St., the Cooperative Preschool at Caltech serves Caltech and JPL families, including families from the surrounding community.

Our experienced teachers are child development professionals specializing in early childhood education. Our excellent ratio of adults to children permits individual attention, differentiated curriculum based on children’s emerging skills, and strong relationships among children, teachers, and families.

Program schedule options:

Mornings 8:30 am - 11:30 am

  • 5 days per week: Monday - Friday

  • 3 days per week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

  • 2 days per week: Tuesday and Thursday

Tuition assistance

Visit us here for information about Tuition Assistance.

*The Cooperative Preschool at Caltech has an enrollment fee of $25.00 and a health and safety fee of $35.00.

2018-2019 Monthly Tuition Rates


Full Time



Caltech & JPL Families




Commmunity Families




Tuition Deposit

The Cooperative Preschool at Caltech has a deposit of $100.00Tuition deposits will be refunded upon leaving the program. In order to obtain full credit for your tuition deposit, you must provide one month's notice of intent to leave the program. Upon departure from the CEC, you may also donate your deposit to the CEC as your child takes flight into school!