Sunset Cooperative Nursery School is structured on half-day sessions, five days a week. An extended care (8am-9am & 4pm-5pm) and lunch program (12pm-1pm) are available on a limited basis. The maximum number of children in each session is 34, and the usual adult to child ratio is 1:5. The fall semester is roughly September to December and the spring is January to June. Summer school is available on a limited basis.


$3750/year; $375/month for 10 months; Deposit: $375.00

A.M. Session 9 am - 12 pm, M - F $3,750/school year or $375/mo for 10 months
P.M. Session 1 pm - 4 pm, M - F $3,750/school year or $375/mo for 10 months
Fees: Amount per year
Deposit (upon registration only): $335.00
Insurance: $90.00
Earthquake Kit: $5.00
Photographs: $10


Workday (1 day per week): A family member must participate in an assigned workday each week. The family provides a healthy snack approximately once every six weeks.

Evening Meetings (2 per month): There is mandatory Parent Education meeting once a month and a mandatory monthly Business Meeting.
Committees: The operation of the school is divided among four committees: Housekeeping, Fundraising, Operations and Maintenance. All families sign up for a job with one of these committees. This job may consist of weekly/monthly duties, or it may revolve around one particular event.
Fundraising: There are fundraising events throughout the school year. Each family is required to raise a minimum of $400 per school year, which can be achieved by participating in these fundraisers and/or through purchasing 'scrip'.
Families with (2) children must raise $600.00.


Sunset Cooperative Nursery School is open to all children between the ages of two and five and they need not be toilet trained. Your child must be eligible for enrollment in the following school year (2017-2018) in order to begin the application process. Here are the steps:

Attend an Open House: We welcome you to our Sunset Cooperative Nursery School Open House. There you will meet with our director and parents to learn about our school's philosophy. We will answer any questions you may have. You may also sign yourself and your child up for a tour of our school later in the school year. The Open House events are for grownups only, with the exception of babes in arms. Sign up for an Open House below:

Sunset Cooperative Nursery Open Houses for the 2018-19 school year:

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM 

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Take a tour: On the tour, you will experience a day in the life of a Sunset student and have an opportunity to get to meet all of the teachers and ask all the questions you can think of.
Application Form & Non-Refundable Fee: If you would like to continue the application process after having toured the school, return a completed application form along with the $30 non-refundable processing fee* by deadline given. The non-refundable fee is used to defray the cost of processing the application. The fee is required in order to continue the application process. Please note the fee is not an indication of acceptance.

Keep in Touch: Let us know you are still interested as the year goes by, check-in with one of our membership chairpersons. Write a letter explaining your reasons for wanting to join a cooperative. We love to hear from you.
A Meeting with the Director: During the spring semester we will begin the "interview" process by setting up meetings with the Director, determined by position in the waiting pool and the requirements (e.g. child's age, gender, target enrollment date) of the space that is available.

Application Acceptance: Once all meetings have been completed, we will contact applicants to  discuss membership.
Please note:  Sunset Cooperative Nursery School is full for the 2016-2017 school year.  It is very unlikely to get your child accepted to Sunset mid-year. This application process is for the 2018-2019 school year.

Megan's Law
All family names through the California Department of Justice Megan's Law database.

Wait Pool
Applications are recorded as they are received. The waiting pool is defined by several factors: date of receipt of application, age, gender and presence of siblings and/or returning families and AM or PM availability.

Your child must be eligible for enrollment in the following school year (2018-19)

Our Immunization policy at Sunset. Please read.

Thank you so much for your interest in Sunset Cooperative Nursery School. Please contact: Admissions if you have other questions.

Please note:  Sunset Cooperative Nursery School is full for the 2017-18 school year.
This application process is for the 2018-19 school year.