The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.
— Loris Malaguzzi

A place to learn & grow

For over forty-five years, Sequoia Parents Nursery School has provided a small cooperative, play-based preschool for children ages 15 months through 5 years old. Under the guidance of credentialed teachers, parents participate in operating this non-profit school for the benefit of their young children.

Located in San Carlos, SPNS is a vibrant community where children, parents and teachers are fully involved in an interactive process of learning and growing together. The school provides enriching preschool programs, daytime parent education meetings, community events, and field trips. SPNS curriculum is designed around the premise that play is the work of children, and it is through play that children learn and grow.


Sequoia Parents Nursery School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, special needs, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression in administration of its employment policies, educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and/or other school administered programs.


SPNS is affiliated with the California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools (CCPPNS), the San Mateo Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools, and Sequoia Adult Education. The school is a 501(c)(3) organization, Tax ID#23-7426267.