The Mountain View Parent Nursery School and Parent Observation programs put their plan to relocate on hold for a year to allow suitable time to prepare the new site.
The programs, administered by the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Adult School, will use the time to ready the schools’ new site at Foothill Covenant Church, across the street from Mountain View High School. The program currently is housed between the Mountain View and Alta Vista high school campuses.
“We have been working continuously and making progress (for the move), but we have realized what a huge project it is to turn a dirt lot into the school we want it to be,” said Catherine Rohloff, co-president of the program’s board.
The nursery school, which has served children 15 months old through five years and their families since 1969, works with parents and encourages their involvement in their children’s growth and development, providing a place where they can learn together. The cooperative program requires that parents contribute time and energy to every aspect of the curriculum to create a positive early-childhood experience.
Rohloff said she is impressed with how alumni families came together to support the school’s fundraising efforts. The programs’ goal is $380,000, and supporters raised more than $200,000 in approximately seven weeks. Rohloff hopes to reach the fundraising goal so that they can concentrate on preparing the new campus.
“We don’t have professional fundraisers running the show,” she said. “We are doing this all through volunteers. We’ve been so moved by how the Mountain View and Los Altos communities have come forward. All these families from the past 20 years have come back to help move this school. We are seeing all these people come back and show how appreciative they are of our program.”
Plans for the new campus include a sensory-rich environment that reflects the natural world and embraces the best practices of early childhood education.
“Children are intrinsically drawn to nature, so the Mountain View Parent Nursery and Parent Observation programs use the natural world as a wonderful resource to support hands-on learning, cultivate an appreciation of the environment and help children develop an aesthetic awareness of the beauty around us,” the programs’ website states.
The school’s core program centers on playtime and supports long periods of uninterrupted play, allowing children time to discover and explore, develop a sense of independence, engage in imaginative play and begin to build social intelligence and problem-solving skills. Rohloff said the new site is designed to incorporate indoor and outdoor spaces.
It’s not unusual to see children exploring paint, water, sand, blocks, play dough or clay during school hours.
“Using nature-based curriculum woven together with a project approach, children engage at their level when they are ready,” the website states. “Positive support and encouragement help children connect with peers and adults in this uniquely co-op environment.”
To donate and for more information, visit mvpns.roundtablelive.org/donate.
Parent Observation and Mountain View Parent Nursery School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier