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Come visit us in lovely Pismo Beach: 1091 Bello Street on the corner of Bello and Wadsworth.
Call us: 805.773.2095

Fall Enrollment Dates:

Current member enrollment for 2016/2017: March 21 - 25
Alumni Member enrollment: April 4 - 8
Interest List early enrollment opportunity: April 11 - 15
Open House for Fall enrollees and interested families: April 22, 10 a.m. - noon

Established in 1952, Happy  Time Cooperative Preschool is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, non-discriminating  organization financed entirely by monthly tuition and fundraising  activities. The school is licensed by  the State of California as a child care facility and complies with all  licensing requirements for parent participation schools. Happy Time Cooperative  Preschool is conveniently located near many cities, including Nipomo, Oceano, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, Shell Beach, Avila Beach, and San Luis Obispo.
License  # 401700158

What is a Parent Cooperative Preschool?

A cooperative preschool  offers parents the opportunity to be fully involved with their child's early  education experience. Our school brings the family together to plan and experience school events, fundraisers and social events, as well as volunteer in the classroom. Parent education is also a valuable part of the program.

What are the Parent Responsibilities at Happy Time?

Family responsibilities  include the maintenance of the school and materials by signing up for a "School  Helper Job" each year. These tasks take approximately one hour per month. In addition, each family gives ten hours per year of volunteer time, including a mandatory shift at one of the two fundraisers. There are several ways to donate the remaining eight hours: volunteering at fundraisers, events, taking on school projects or serving on a committee. Parents who volunteer in the classroom receive a tuition discount. 

Our  Classes

Tuesday/Thursday 9 a.m. - noon 
for children who are 3 years  of age by September 1st of the school year.

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
for children who are 4 years of age by September 1st of the school year.

Happy Time's Program and Curriculum

We offer a developmental and play based program that is designed to meet the needs of children aged 3 (by  September 1st) through 5 years. There are periods of time set aside for child-selected activities as well as teacher directed experiences. There are opportunities for indoor and outdoor activities, individual, small and large  group activities, fantasy and play, creative expression, language development, large and fine motor skill development. Our Director/Teacher designs the theme based curriculum and provides the materials and activities that are age and developmentally appropriate. The parents in the classroom act as support staff. With the parents working, there is a ratio of one adult to five children, giving each child the opportunity to receive adult assistance when it is needed.

Come and visit!

We invite you to visit us and find out what makes Happy Time Cooperative Preschool such an enriching place for preschoolers and their parents. Bring your child along, and let him or her experience our secure, nurturing environment that provides numerous opportunities for exploration, play, and learning in a variety of ways and activities. For more information contact us.