The Sherman Oaks Cooperative Preschool has been welcoming children and parents since 1955. We are a unique program that offers both indoor spaces and a large outdoor classroom. We provide a developmentally appropriate program that is supported by an emergent curriculum. Our daily routine fosters the social, emotional, cognitive, large/fine motor and language development of each child. We emphasize positive communication and the use of problem solving tools. Our goal is to build a foundation to support social and intellectual competence both at school and at home.

"Our image of the child is rich in potential, strong, powerful, competent and most of all connected to adults and other children" 

"The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and richer their experiences"

   -Loris Malaquzzi  


Our Philosophy

"...The teacher's task is first to nourish and assist, to watch, encourage, guide, induce, rather than to interfere, prescribe or restrict"  -Maria Montessori

"What we see changes what we know. What we know changes what we see"  -Jean Piaget

For the child

  • A safe, caring environment

  • Curiosity and exploration are encouraged

  • Self-esteem is enhanced

  • Students play and socialize with children and adults in a 1:4 adult to student setting

  • Assistance with transition from home to school environment

  • Learn at a developmentally appropriate rate

For the parent

  • Opportunity to increase understanding of children

  • Place to learn and teach

  • Supportive atmosphere where experiences are shared with other parents

  • A voice in the school’s decisions and policy making


People like us...

SOCP is a one of a kind preschool. There are plenty of (free) play opportunities or kids. Teacher Tammy is anamazing Teacher who builds a lasting relationship with each child. My oldest who graduated last year still talks about “TT” all the time and frequently mentions how much she learned in preschool.
I have often described this school as magical, and I truly believe it is!
— Rebecca Allen - 2012-2014
There is so much love, kindness and support from all the families that have been involved and it attracts a great crowd of people. I highly recommend this school if you’re looking to be involved in your child’s first educational experience.
— Marc Blackwell - 2012-2016 - Present

The Sherman Oaks Cooperative Preschool is located in the Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Park. We are on the west side of the park and north of the tennis courts in a fully-fenced 14,000 square-foot outdoor facility. The entrance is at the “L” on Addison Street.

VNSO Park:
14265 W. Addison Street
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Give us a call! 818-464-8935