The Petaluma Parent Nursery School (PPNS) is a component of Petaluma City Schools and Petaluma Adult School and is celebrating over 72 years as a co-op nursery school. We present a non-academic, child centered program with: long periods of uninterrupted free time, few restrictions on exploration, lots of outdoor time with parents acting as facilitators. Through hands-on experiences children learn about visual art, language arts, science, cooking, drama, gardening and physical motor skills.

Who We Are

We are a parent participation nursery school program for children 2.5-5 years of age. Our program is part of the Petaluma Adult School in the Petaluma district and is directed by a credentialed teacher who enjoys teaching both the children and the adults. Our program is unique in the way it strengthens families by building self esteem in children and adults through the education that we as parents receive both in bi-monthly parent education class and in the administration of the nursery school program.


The Petaluma Parent Nursery School was started in 1947 as families in our community were making the transition from focusing on World War II, to the needs of their home communities in the United States. Imagine the feeling of entering a time of peace and building strong foundations for the future of our children, instead of focusing on the frightening and unsure present and future of war!

As families in the Bay Area turned to the needs of their young children, nursery schools were created where parents played a vital role in their children's first school experience. Today, we continue to honor the value of parents in education and the role of adult education to empower parents to become their best selves.


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