Join our Play-Based, Child-Led Co-op!
This Early Intervention Program was designed to meet the needs of children ages 18 months – 4 years old and their parents/caregivers. Our 1:3 ratio and parent participation ensures that your child is well-supported by us and you.
9am-12pm in San Ramon
Sliding Scale and RCEB coverage Available
Ages 18 months – 4 years old
If you are interested in being a part of your child’s learning experience, love the play-based, child-led approach , and are looking for an inclusive program for your child to learn and grow… this group is for you!
Note: This program is currently only offered at our San Ramon location.
Children will be given the freedom to explore the classroom and play with inviting materials. They will engage in impactful sensory experiences, learn to work alongside peers, problem solve, and build independence in everyday activities. Children are provided opportunities to prepare their own snacks, care for their environment, and be a part of a community.
Observation and reflection is central in Early Intervention; teachers and parents will participate in observing children to find strengths, interests, and needs. These observations will tailor the child’s learning journey. Activities that meet each child’s individual needs will be offered. Children will be encouraged to gather for activities such as music and story time, while practicing interacting with their peers.
Our co-op program asks parents/caregivers to participate in a portion of their child’s morning in the space. Parents must stay on-site when they are not participating in the classroom. While in the classroom, parents have the opportunity to learn about their child’s developmental needs and progress as they explore and engage in prepared activities with their child. Parent to Parent support is a highly valued aspect of this program, too!
Each family will receive a monthly home visit with our Infant Development Specialist as well as ongoing developmental reports with goals and recommendations.
Our Daily Routine
Morning greeting and transition
Developmentally Prepared Individual Activities
Music, Storytime, etc.
Gross motor/open play in play space
Frequently Asked Questions
How many months do we need to commit?
We ask that you are able to make a minimum 3-month commitment when joining. Our experience shows that children are able to successfully develop a routine best over a three month period.
Can my child join if they are delayed or disabled?
This program is inclusive, meaning we welcome both neurodivergent/disabled and neurotypical children.
Does my child have to be potty trained/independent?
Can I leave SPL while my child is attending?
Parents must stay on-site whether or not they are participating in the classroom. We ask that parents are open to learning and practicing while in the classroom with the children.
What are the goals of this program?
To enable families to provide care for their child using all the resources available to them.
Individuals learn positive social skills and form sustaining social relationships.
Individuals learn the skills needed to be as independent as possible.
Can I join for free?
This program is covered through Regional Center of the East Bay’s Early Intervention program for ages 18 months to 3 years old. Please contact your case manager if you are interested in joining us!
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Our Origin Story
Children learn through play and exploration of their environment. Mentor teachers, administration, and specialists have taught me so much about the method, however, the children have taught me the most about the philosophy.
After having my own, I learned more about respect for the child through all aspects of life. From respecting an infant’s focus on their reflection in a mirror, to a toddler’s need for autonomy when dressing, to a preschooler’s need for choice when choosing activities, I have been able to see the importance of what is means to truly respect a child.
Children are spontaneous, but they love predictability and routine. Montessori education provides that for my children. I am able to prepare the environment for them to explore freely and to introduce lessons throughout our day as they come up.
The beauty of the prepared adult and the prepared environment is that, through observation, the adult can meet each child where they are at in their developmental, emotional, and sensory needs.
My oldest is an excited, curious, and creative five year old. He was a sensory seeker at an early age. He loves deeply and he is determined to figure out how the world works. When it came time to enroll him in school, I was cautious due to the stigma around Autism. He had spent a lot of time at home with me and his siblings during the pandemic.
He had limited large group experiences, but we knew he was capable. Unfortunately, a month into the school year it did not work out. I searched for small schools that provide respectful, child-directed education and was unsuccessful.
As a parent, I was confused and discouraged, but I ultimately knew returning to homeschooling was the best decision for us. I quickly discovered he wasn’t the only child this was happening to, and sadly, he won’t be the last.
There are many reasons that our neurodivergent children are not being supported in schools.
This led me to want to create a space for my neurodivergent and neurotypical children, to experience an inclusive and respectful environment.
This program will provide a space
where caregivers and children can come together and learn through observation, experience, and acceptance.
Montessori Parent & Coach