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Join our Play-Based, Child-Led Co-op!

This Early Intervention Program was designed to meet the needs of children ages 18 months – 3 years old and their parents/caregivers. Our 1:3 ratio and parent participation ensures that your child is well-supported by us and you.

Meets 2x/Week

9am-12pm in San Ramon

$950/Mo.

Sliding Scale and RCEB coverage Available

Multiple Cohorts

Ages 18 months – 3 years old

1:3 Ratio

Including teacher + assistants
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

9-9:30am

Morning greeting and transition

9:30-10:10am

Developmentally Prepared Individual Activities

10:10-10:35am

Group Gathering

Music, Storytime, etc.

10:35-11:05am

Snack Time

11:05-12pm

Gross motor/open play in play space

Parent Q&A and Community Socialization

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?

We cannot provide bathroom support to your child. We can take them to the restroom if they are independently using the bathroom only.

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?

  1. To enable families to provide care for their child using all the resources available to them. 

  2. Individuals learn positive social skills and form sustaining social relationships.

  3. 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!

Register for Transitional Inclusive Co-op

About Our Staff

Karen has been with Spirited Play Labs since the very beginning.

As an Infant Development Specialist, she has facilitated a variety of groups, has worked closely with the staff and is currently the Director of Early Intervention.

Karen has a strong developmental background combined with extensive educational and professional experience in Early Childhood Special Education. She has worked with young children and families in Early Intervention for over 25 years.

In addition to her work at SPL, Karen has a private practice where she works as a Parent Coach offering DIR/Floortime therapy. Along with Lindsay, Karen co-created the Early Intervention program at SPL as a way to serve more families in our community.

Hanna has been a dedicated team member of Spirited Play Labs since September 2022.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, East Bay, coupled with certification in ICDL’s DIR/Floortime 101, Hanna brings a wealth of knowledge and deep understanding to her role as the Early Intervention Teacher for the Inclusive Co-op Program.

Her dedication to the neurodivergent community spans over three years, which has allowed her to sharpen her skills to better serve her community.

Hanna is excited to contribute to the development of the Early Intervention Program at SPL, as it reflects her deep-rooted passion to collaborate with underserved communities.

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