Welcome to the Watsonville Cooperative Preschool!  We are a non-profit, parent-participation preschool that is a program of Watsonville/Aptos Adult Education, located in the Linscott Charter School building at 220 Elm St., Watsonville.

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We are a parent cooperative, which means our parent members participate directly in running the preschool by making decisions, serving in leadership positions, support jobs, raising money, and working in the classroom.  Parent members are registered students of the Watsonville-Aptos Adult School and attend night meetings and seminars to further their understanding and knowledge about their children and parenting skills.  Parents serve the children as active listeners, observers, facilitators of play and conflict resolution.

For our children, we are committed to offering a wide range of developmentally appropriate activities and nurturing the "whole" child.  We support social and emotional growth by facilitating and modeling problem solving skills.  Children discover and learn through play and social contact with others.   Children are free to explore a variety of materials and build skills through paint, clay, collage, water, sand, musical instruments, blocks, manipulatives, carpentry, outdoor equipment, gardening, cooking, and dramatic play.  We work toward building a solid foundation in language arts, pre-math, and science.

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Contact Us

Watsonville Cooperative Preschool is open from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. daily, when in session. Please call (831) 761-6647 and leave a message if there is no answer. Please direct questions about Watsonville/Aptos Adult Education programs to their main office at (831) 786-2160

Our Classroom

The preschool is loaded with stimulating opportunities. The activities are all designed to provide for the natural development of basic skills that a child needs to learn by the age of 5 years. The uniqueness of this program is the emphasis placed on parent education as well as a developmental approach to education for the children.

The different areas of the classroom are:

  • Playdough/Sensory Materials:
    a transition area; emotional release and tension reduction; concept learning - properties of elements, form, measure.
  • Manipulatives:
    develop fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination; development of concepts such as classification, seriation, and other pre-math and pre-literacy skills.
  • Art:
    creative expression, discovery and exploration; a process (rather than product) involving choice; fine motor development, language development, cooperation, respect and self-esteem
  • Blocks:
    fundamental math and science principles; considerations of shape, form, balance, symmetry, composition; cooperative play, language development, creativity
  • Music:
    self-expression, creativity; language and movement; pre-math concepts such as seriation, patterning; sound discrimination
  • Dramatic Play:
    understanding the world they live in, relationships, roles, social interactions, problem solving; working through difficult parts of their experience, exploring power, empathy, emotional relief; creativity and imagination, symbolic representation; self-initiated play from within the child




The outside yard area helps with the development of large motor skills, social skills and dramatic play.  The yard includes a play structure, garden boxes, a grass area where obstacle courses, balance beams, mats, etc. can be set up.  There's also an area for children to ride tricycles.  Activities that are set-up on a regular basis include painting easels, a dry pour table (seeds, grain, flour, cornstarch, etc.), a water table, and an aluminum climbing structure.