Welcome to The Garden


The Garden Cooperative Nursery School follows a non-violent, empathetic approach in interacting with children to create a safe, nurturing and caring environment.


We provide a social interactive curriculum, designed to support young children in language and social development, revolving around a diverse range of developmentally appropriate learning activities.


Our primary goal is to promote a child’s self-value and gradual social independence by guiding their own evolving ability to discover inner strengths, solve problems and make decisions.

About The Garden

What We Offer

We offer a mixed age program for children 2-5

Our program is outdoor and play-based

The curriculum is child-led and emergent

The Garden is a parent cooperative–parents have a weekly workday and family job

Our program is half-day– 9am-12:30pm

Our emphasis is on social emotional development

Our Philosophy


Our child development philosophy follows the theories of Jean Piaget and Erik Erikson. Over 50 years ago Jean Piaget, a Swiss developmental psychologist, established what is generally recognized as the foundation for current theory on children’s cognitive development. Several points are central to our philosophy:

• Observation is central to understanding children and identifying their level of development.
• In developing cognitive skills, children progress through stages and build upon their achievements in each previous stage.
• Experimentation and confirmation through repetition are central to the learning process.
• The process of each child’s development is unique to each child and dependent upon his or her mastery of each developmental step.


Meet our Staff

Teacher/Director: Lisa Anand & Teacher: Cristina Drake

Lisa Anand joined the Garden Coop Nursery School community as a parent in 2007.  While playing and getting to know all the kids on the yard, her passion for working with young children was born. After her younger son graduated in 2012 she earned her certificate in Early Childhood Education and became a teacher at The Garden. She is thrilled to have been named the Director of The Garden in 2014.  Lisa acquired a BA in French from UCLA and spent a year teaching in France after college. In addition to her work at The Garden, she has also spent the last five years at the Regional Center as the Toy Loan and Play Program Coordinator facilitating play groups for parents and their children with special needs, and coordinating related workshops.  Lisa believes that the preschool years are some of the most amazing and rewarding, but also tiring and challenging for parents and is honored to share this journey with the families at our school, and offer them whatever support and counsel she can as we all grow, learn and have fun together.

Cristina Drake was born and raised in California. She attended UC Santa Cruz where she studied cultural anthropology and art history. After college she spent some time living in Vancouver, New York and London, working in the film industry.  In 2010 Cristina was married and moved back to California with her new husband, Joe. Soon after she began studying early childhood education at UCLA extension and in 2012 got a job at The Garden Cooperative Nursery School. She is deeply committed to the philosophy of nonviolent communication and has embraced The Garden School culture. Cristina now lives in Silverlake with her husband and cat. She spends her time going for walks, reading, cooking, going on road trips and camping.




A group of parents work with our teachers to generate a wide range of experiences and discovery based learning opportunities. We follow an emergent and child-led model to encourage children’s natural curiosity and foster a love of learning.


“If it hasn’t been in the Hand, the Body and the Heart…it can’t be in the Brain.” –Bev Bos


Our program is entirely play-based and child-led. Our yard provides ample opportunity for dramatic play, gross and fine motor activities, creative expression and discovery in a multi-age setting.


The art projects are process rather than product oriented so that children may explore different mediums and express themselves freely.

Musical instruments are available throughout the day and a few days a week our Director, Lisa, leads a Music Together enrichment during circle.

Our program includes a large variety of sensory activities for kids to explore.




Download Application

Applications for Fall 2017 enrollment are due by Friday, January 27, 2017.

The Garden Nursery School serves children ages two through five (at least 2 by Sept 1st of the entering school year).  The majority of enrollment is for September, although occasionally a spot may become available during the year. Please download the above application for further information about our program.

We are currently full for the 2015-2016 school year. However, we are always accepting applications for our waiting pool in the event a spot becomes available. Please contact our Membership chair for further information at peeps@thegarden.la

How to Apply

Attend a Tour/Open House (see dates below).  Contact our Membership Chair to reserve a spot.
Complete an application and submit the application fee.
Arrange a school visit day.

2016-2017 Open House/Tour Dates:

Friday, October 14, 2016 at 2pm
Friday, November 18, 2016 at 2pm
Friday, January 13, 2017 at 2pm

2015-2016 Tuition

Tuition Fees (Paid Sept. – July, 11 months)

$364 per month for 5 days per week
$319 per month for 4 days per week
$277 per month for 3 days per week

Partial scholarships are available.

Tuition for siblings will be discounted 10% during the time both children are in attendance.

Please contact Michelle Jacoby, Membership chair, with any questions

phone: 323-258-4525

email: peeps@thegarden.la



School Calendar & Hours

School is in session from September through June and usually follows the holiday schedule of the Los Angeles Unified School district. We also run a 4-week summer session in July.

School hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  There is an Afternoon Enrichment program from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., available for up to twice a week to children over three and a half years of age, if deemed developmentally ready by the Teacher/Director.

Contact Us


The Garden Nursery School
3602 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90065

For Enrollment and Admission information: peeps@thegarden.la

Fundraising information: chaching@thegarden.la