Co-op preschool gears up for events

Photos submitted - Recent events and activities at Atascadero Cooperative Preschool included a field trip to the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum, pictured here

ATASCADERO — With a digital millennium culture that demands constant status updates and around-the-clock activities, it's important to stay grounded and set out on the right foot.

Atascadero Cooperative Preschool, in where else, Atascadero has been operating a unique, family-centered environment since 1963 and they’ve adapted with each generation of toddler, board member Meagan Branin said.

There’s a link to tradition though as their board of trustees are all community members with long-standing connections to the school, some even having attended many years ago.

“I live in Paso Robles but we just love the school and want to do everything we can for it,” Branin added, “that should tell you something about the environment we provide.”

Founded by a group of parents looking for more active daily anticipation in early childhood education than was common at the time, the school continues as a nonprofit cooperative with a combination of tuition fees and volunteer hours.

That does make it difficult for households with two working parents Branin admits, but they do have links to homeschooling programs which can at least help with tuition.

That alone doesn't pay all of their bills though, especially in years like this one where enrollment is lower than usual.

The organization recently had one of their most popular fundraisers for the year, the Polar Express pajama party at Galaxy Theater in December and is now gearing up for a Pizza party fundraiser on Feb. 20 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at  Blaze Pizza in Paso Robles.

An electronic flyer can be found on their Facebook page, @atascooppreschool, for the establishment to donate 20 percent of the meal’s proceeds to the preschool.

For a more hands-on educational experience, open to the public as well, Science Day will again be held on May 4 from 10 a.m. to noon
Some of the activities included will be (safe) Volcano eruptions, a “dinosaur” fossil dig, slime making, bottle-rocket science, exploration of bubble formation, and more.
Tickets will be available through the school at 8935 Amapoa Ave. and online in the weeks ahead.

Prices for attendance at the school range from $160-$230 per month for toddlers and $240-$350 for pre-K, depending on parental availability and involvement.

Full information on structure and events is available via email at [email protected] or by calling 805-466-2427.

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