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Common Questions about our Program

What is a co-op preschool?

A co-op preschool, also known as a parent participation cooperative, is a preschool that is operated by the parents in hand with the teacher/director. Parents assist the teacher in the classroom as scheduled and take on other tasks to help run the school. This family-centered format greatly benefits the children and the parents as it fosters a positive community environment for enriched learning.

We belong to the Orange County Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools. You can read their definition here.

What classes are offered?

We offer two classes here at Li'l Cottonwood:

Junior Class

  • Ages 3-4 years (under 3 at the discretion of the teacher)

  • Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • Times: 8:30 - 11:30 am (additional childcare time is not available)

Senior Class

  • Ages 4-5 years (under 4 at the discretion of the teacher)

  • Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

  • Times: 8:30 - 11:30 am (additional childcare time is not available)

Note: Li'l Cottonwood Preschool generally follows the Los Alamitos Unified School District academic calendar for holidays. Click here for our 2023-2024 school calendar.

What are the student requirements?

We love our students! Once offered an available spot at our school, we have these student requirements:

  • Potty trained 

  • Pre-admission physical and TB test

  • Current immunizations required by the State of California

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What is the curriculum and daily schedule like?

We strive to develop relationships for children and parents, akin to a large family environment. Our curriculum emphasizes the development of the whole child through activities that help the child grow physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially. It is our objective to create a warm, friendly, and safe atmosphere that fosters positive attitudes and development. 


Students will have many opportunities to learn through play indoors and outdoors. We offer art stations, books, music, blocks, manipulatives, dramatic play, sensory experiences, and science activities. Our daily session includes group activities, indoor and outdoor playtime, snack time, interactive learning, and time for personal choices as well. 

Here is an example of a day at Li'l Cottonwood:

8:15 - Arrive, sign in, and use the bathroom (parents are required to stay until class starts)

8:30 - Class starts

8:35 - Group time, music, movement, choosing helpers, storytime

9:10 - Wash hands, transition to snack time

9:25 - Books and puzzles

9:35 - Calendar and weather helpers

9:45 - Outside time (large and small motor activities)

10:15 - Song leader, share time, shining stars

10:30 - Activity centers

11:15 - Clean-up time

11:25 - Quiet music, rest time, good-byes

11:30 - Dismissal (parents must arrive on time and sign their child out)

Curriculum & Schedule
What are the parent requirements?

Parent involvement is what makes our program so unique. While our program does require a time commitment from parents, it is a genuinely rewarding experience for both parents and children.


Parents are required to:

  • Assist in the classroom 1-2 times per month.

    • When it is your day to work, you will arrive at 8:00 am to help set up and stay until approx. 11:45 am to help clean up. 

    • Vaccination proof is required for TB, TDap, MMR, and the Flu Shot

  • Hold a volunteer job within the school for the entire school year

  • Attend a parent meeting once a month (it is an evening meeting and parents only)

  • Participate in fundraisers

How much does it cost?

Our co-op model helps offset the cost of tuition through parent participation and fundraising. Here are the tuition and fees:

Tuition (for the 2024-2025 school year)

  • Juniors (Tues/Thurs) - $225 Monthly

  • Seniors (Mon/Wed/Fri) - $255 Monthly

Note: The first month's tuition is due upon enrollment to hold your child's spot. After that, tuition is due on the 1st of each month. A $10 late fee will be assessed after the one-week grace period from the due date.

One-time Annual Fees (for the 2024-2025 school year)

  • $75 registration fee

  • $100 curriculum & supply fee

  • $11 fee for OCCPPNS membership

  • $2.95 fee for Student Accident Insurance

Note: The $75 registration fee is also due upon enrollment to hold your child's spot.

Other Fees:

  • Occasional field trip costs

  • Optional t-shirt purchase

Tuition and fees are subject to change upon Board approval.

Where are you located?

We are located in the safe and friendly community of Rossmoor at:


Montecito Center

12341 Montecito Road

Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 324

Los Alamitos, CA 90720

We proudly serve families from the surrounding communities including Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, and Westminster.

I have more questions - how can I get them answered?

We know choosing the right preschool is a big decision and we are here to help answer any questions you may have!


Please feel free to contact us at:

Call or Text:

(562) 430-7761


We look forward to hearing from you! In the meantime, you can follow us on Social media: 

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