Welcome to Building Blocks!
Building Blocks Cooperative Preschool's mission is to provide a welcoming and nurturing environment where children, their families, and their teachers build community through play.
Building Blocks (BB) was established in 1991 for the Santa Cruz Mountain community and continues to be run by parent volunteers to this day. BB is owned by the Loma Prieta Community Foundation and is operated under the auspices of Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation.
BB offers a hybrid parent cooperative program in which parents can choose whether to assist regularly in the classroom. All parents serve in a designated family job and contribute to maintaining BB's facilities.
Through the collaboration of parents and teachers, BB students are able to develop their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills in a safe and caring setting.
BB strives to make preschool possible for every child in our mountain community. Our program is designed to meet the developmental needs of each child. We offer varied activities that encourage growth in all areas such as language, fine and large motor skills, creative expression, social-emotional development, and sensory-motor development. We believe that children and adults learn best through active, hands-on discovery. We also believe that play is the child’s best medium as it is the way they make sense of themselves and the world.
The program incorporates free play along with purposeful activities designed and guided by teachers and parents. The flow of teaching and learning is mutual and dynamic. We aim to stimulate the children's natural curiosity, support them in learning how to interact with others, assist them in effectively expressing themselves, and encourage them to try new experiences. These efforts will provide them with what they need to succeed in everyday life as well as in their future formal education. The heart of our program consists of truly listening to both children and adults. By doing so, we honor their thinking, creativity, and growth.