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Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is based on the principles outlined by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC.) We are a child-centered, developmentally appropriate, anti-bias program that focuses on the whole child. We value the imagination and creativity of each child and the individuality of every family enrolled in our program.

Our Mission

Los Altos Parent Preschool is a community of parents and educators committed to providing an enriching environment for our children through parent education, parent involvement and mutual support. We foster imagination and individuality in each child. We understand that children, parents and staff are growing, and that the process of growth involves mistakes. Individuals will be treated with respect, compassion, acceptance and encouragement as they work toward their goals.

Our History

LAPP began in 1954 when a group of mothers formed a high quality co-operative preschool to serve the growing community. The parents wished to share responsibility for the administration, maintenance, and working program of the school. They formed LAPP as a non-profit corporation to furnish housing, equipment, supplies, and part of the Teacher/Directors' salaries.

The Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District (School District) agreed to supervise the program and share payment for staff salaries. As part of the School District's Adult Education Department, the preschool became the laboratory for a parent education class. The Los Altos United Methodist Church granted the use of their facilities.

In 1998, the School Board leased land to LAPP at the west end of Los Altos High School. Through major fund-raising efforts and community and member donations, the preschool purchased a portable classroom module and furnished the play yard.

In the summer of 2011, the membership and alumni of LAPP moved the school to its new home at the Covington Elementary School campus, beginning a new partnership with the Los Altos School District. LAPP remains a part of the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District's Adult Education Program. California Adult Education standards and the co-operative preschool philosophy require LAPP parents to serve as active members and staff assistants. In 2014, LAPP will celebrate sixty years in the Los Altos community with a series of events for members, alumni and the general public.