Cooperative Preschool at Caltech

The Child Educational Center’s (CEC) Cooperative Preschool at Caltech serves all community families, including those from Caltech and JPL, with children from two and half through five years old. The Cooperative Preschool is a part-time morning (8:30-11:30 am) program, beginning in September and running through mid-July.

Our program offers curriculum that is stimulating and challenging to preschool children, as well as nurturing and supportive of each child's unique needs and learning style. Outdoor play and exploration is an integral component of each day, encouraging children to develop knowledge and love of the natural world. The daily schedule provides for activities specifically geared to the various developmental levels of children in the program, as well as opportunities for children to interact, teach, and learn from one another.

As a cooperative, parents regularly participate as assistant teachers under the guidance of professional CEC educators. This combination of professional teachers and parent volunteers creates a ratio of 1 adult to every 4 children or better. Enrollment is open throughout the year on a space-available basis.

The Cooperative Preschool at Caltech is located at 250 and 256 South Michigan St, 1 block from the Caltech campus in Pasadena.