Los Altos Parent Preschool celebrates 60 years

Los Altos Parent Preschool (LAPP) will celebrate 60 years of educating children with a series of events in 2014, including an open house this Saturday, Jan. 25.

A parent-participation preschool where parents play as big a role as teachers, LAPP's co-op approach to child education began in 1954 when a group of mothers formed the school. Parents serve as a central part of the preschool by helping with curricular programs, administration and maintenance.

"The school provides a community for entire families," says Lara Sandora, president of the preschool's board. "(LAPP is) a chance to see 'up close' how their child reacts in a school setting."

LAPP parent participants are required to assist accredited educators at the preschool at least once every week, sharing in all aspects of running the school while engaging with children.

Classes are offered for children from 2.5 to 5 years old, with the school year starting in early fall and ending late spring. Applications for the upcoming fall 2014 session are now available and close at the end of this month, but mid-school year enrollment is also possible.

"Over the past few years we have seen a shift in the timing of enrollment ... which has allowed us to enroll students from families who may be new to the area as soon as they arrive," says Sandora.

For interested families, an open house will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The open house will take place at the LAPP campus, located at 201 Covington Rd. Children are welcome. More information is avalable at or by emailing


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Posted by sdp
a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 23, 2014 at 5:52 pm

I sent both my kids to LAPP and it was truly a great experience that I will always treasure.

LAPP has a wonderful staff and such a supportive community. It was a great gateway to
elementary school for our family.

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Posted by Lily Li
a resident of another community
on Jan 25, 2014 at 6:12 pm

In my opinion, LAPP is the best parent participation preschool in the Santa Clara county. I don't say this lightly because I have personally been to all the PP preschool tours in South Bay and even attended 5 parent participation programs before settling down exclusively on LAPP. It is a truly unique and enlightening experience that not only enriches the life of my daughter but also that of mine.

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