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We are a parent participation, co-operative, play-based developmental preschool for children ages 2½ to 5 years. Located in Belmont, and founded in 1961, we are a community of children, parents and teachers working together with the common goal of stronger, healthier families.

We believe that the well being of children, their senses of self, their values and their perspectives on the world are all greatly shaped by those charged with their care.

NOW ENROLLING for the Fall 2017 School year. Visit us during our April Open House or email our team to find a time to visit our school and apply (

COMING UP: Open House Monday April 3rd 10am-12pm. Come visit our beautiful school, meet staff and talk to current CPNS families.

NEW FOR FALL 2017: Evening parent education classes will only ONCE per month (down from twice per month). Ask us about why parent education is important to our school and how it can help your family.

Please keep the following in mind if you are considering our school:

  • We are a play-based, child-directed preschool
  • We are a co-op preschool where parents participate in class on a weekly basis
  • We are a Parent Education school, with ONE parent class per month
  • We have a nursery available for younger siblings on a parent's co-op day
  • We run on a traditional school year calendar (Sept-May) although we enroll new students through January, space permitting
  • Children do not need to be potty trained to attend CPNS
  • We are a close community of families who enjoy learning, growing and having fun together!

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The mission of CPNS is to offer a varied and exciting environment where children learn through play while moving freely about the school choosing their activities; each child is valued and respected for his or her own developmental needs; and adults develop positive and healthy parenting skills through class participation and ongoing parent education.

"Both my children thrived while they attended CPNS. The wonderful teachers, the amazing outside space, and the wide variety of things to do and discover inside made it an ideal preschool. The parent education component of the program was also invaluable to me and my family. I firmly believe CPNS made me a better parent and thoroughly prepared my children for grade school."Janet Hart, CPNS Parent, 1998-2004
"I had a terrific time at CPNS. I splashed in the water and played in the sand, rode bikes fast around the yard, made cookies for my birthday and ate delicious snacks. And at summer school... all we did was play, play, play! Best of all I made super friends like Marissa. I still remember I had a lot of fun at CPNS."Kevin, CPNS Alum at 9 years old

What's Next?

Shop for books, help our school and help our community partners! Visit CPNS Shopping Page on – 6% of your purchase will also be donated to our school.

Would you like to donate to our school? There are two ways!

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  • Carlmont Parents Nursery School
  • 751 Alameda de las Pulgas
  • Belmont, CA 94002
  • 650-593-4155
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