Rancho Co-op Nursery School

Where Children and Families Grow Together

A non-profit organization dedicated to seeing the preschool child blossom and the family bloom.

In collaboration with LARAP



Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the 2017/2018 school year is $2,790. It can be paid in one lump sum due on the 1st of September, or in nine monthly installments of $310, due on the 1st of each month. Tution is considered late after the 10th of each month and a late fee will be added. A $50 non-refundable application fee is due with all applications. A security deposit of $425, a $100 site fee and a $50 insurance fee is due with admission paperwork. This deposit can be refunded upon graduation, or upon complete withdrawal from the program as outlined in the handbook. There is a 10% discount for enrolled siblings. 

Tour and Application

We tour one family at a time. We feel that this is the best way for us to understand the needs of each family and for each family to really grasp what being a Rancho family looks like. We do not tour children who are under two years of age. Tours take place Tuesday-Thursday, October-May. We ask that you bring your child with you, and that you plan to stay from 9:45-11:45. Applications are available after the tour. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee. 

To schedule a tour please call 310.558.9378. The voicemail is checked once a week and you will be contacted as soon as the tour schedule for the next month has been opened. 

Bench Time

During the first two weeks of school for any child each working parent stays at school  for a period that we call bench time. During these two weeks, the parent learns the rhythm of the school day and begins preparing for volunteering in the classroom, while the child is given an opportunity to confidently separate from the parent. At the director's discretion, the parent leaves for longer and longer periods of time each day, working towards a smooth morning drop off and afternoon pick up. 

Membership Obligations

A parent or gardian is required to volunteer for one workday per week, per enrolled child. This shift is scheduled at the beginning of the year and will remain the same day of the week. Workday shifts begin at 9:15 and end when the last child is signed out.  Since this position requires hands-on classroom participation, the working parent is required to have a negative TB test and pass a Department of Justice background check via fingerprinting. In addition to a weekly workday, family jobs are assigned at the beginning of the year. These range from simple tasks, like being responsible for the laundry, to more time intensive jobs, like yearbook or fresh snack. The classroom is cleaned and sterilized monthly on a Saturday or a Sunday. Each family is responsible for two clean up shifts per year. Each family is responsible for one move-in shift in early September and one move-out shift in late May. Attendance is required at quarterly general meetings. These usually take place in the evenings. As a Rancho family you are also responsible for reading and understanding the Rancho Handbook.