Building bright futures

Founded in 1963, San Diego Cooperative Preschool is committed to a child-centered approach to play-based learning—providing indoor and outdoor free play areas with hands-on activities designed to spark imaginations, encourage independence, and nurture kindness. We see children as unique individuals and respect and respond to their individual needs.


Our Mission

Providing the highest quality care…

We lead with a supportive community of children, parents, and highly skilled teachers and staff. Everything we do must create for our children a vision of a future in which each child plays an integral part as a doer, leader, and nurturer. We strive to encourage children to develop life-long, heart-felt values and to be sensitive to each other, their environment, and the world at large.

Our Program

From art and science to cooking and Spanish…

Our program allows children to learn and explore based on individual interests, guided by a dedicated staff of early childhood educators. Parents and families are deeply involved in the community—assisting teachers in and outside of the classroom, and fundraising to ensure the future success of our school.


Our Staff

Staff knowledgeable in the field of child development provide appropriate developmental experiences and opportunities for each child through careful planning and observations of their group of children.



Stephanie Larson, Director

Lorraine Schmalenberger, Office Administrator

Support Teachers

Caroline Garcia, Spanish Teacher

Karina Flores

Infant Teachers

Victoria Leahy, Lead

Jodie Gabriel, Assistant

Toddler Teachers

Ljiljana Jotanovic, Lead

India Creef-Blizzard, Assistant

Preschool 1 teachers

Shelby Smith, Lead

Katie Segura, Assistant

Preschool 2 Teachers

Andrea Leal, Lead

Peggy Ledbetter, Assistant

Pre-K Teachers

Lisa Fahrnkopf, Lead

Erica Nager, Assistant