Sherman Oaks Cooperative Preschool Story
Since 1955, Sherman Oaks Cooperative Preschool (SOCP) has been a vibrant parent-participation preschool, serving up to 24 children and their parents each school year. It has grown over the years and continues evolving to meet the changing needs of member families and to reflect best practices in early childhood education.
SOCP is a non-profit, non-sectarian, democratic organization where each family shares in the planning and operation of the school. Parents participate in the program on a rotating basis, serving as volunteer assistants to professional staff. This enables parents to learn and develop skills, alongside the students, while building community with other families. Children benefit from witnessing their parents’ commitment to education, thus helping to form their own positive relationship to education.
Teacher Alex joins us after a 5-year stint working in Kindergarten and TK in LAUSD. He brings enthusiasm for teaching young children, lots of positive energy and an understanding of the next step after preschool.
Teacher Tammy is back after a short hiatus. She brings her gentle warmth and kindness, love of children, understanding of child development and extensive experience working at SOCP.
Karen Biers, who has been serving as consultant and director of SOCP since January. She brings 20+ years of experience in a cooperative preschool environment and has a Masters of Social Work degree.
Teacher Tash heads up our growing Parent and Me program. She brings an abundance of joy and experience working with young families, as well as a huge creative streak. Tash also substitutes in the preschool.
Ages 2 years 6 months - 5 years
Parent and Me
Ages 18 Months - 36 Months
Ages 3 years - 6 years