About Us

Rustic Canyon Parents Nursery School was first organized in 1950 and was given use of the facility before it became a park. The school was organized by a group of local parents to provide a participation experience for themselves and their children. Now, in collaboration with Los Angeles City Parks and Recreation, Rustic Canyon Park provides the facilities for the school. This school was incorporated in 1956 as a nonprofit educational corporation that is licensed by the State of California. Now, more than sixty years later, that tradition still lies at the heart of all we do. By choosing a cooperative preschool, parents make a commitment to participate in their child’s preschool program. This involvement will prove invaluable to our children as it is carried on throughout the elementary levels of education and beyond.



  • RCNS is a magical, special and sui generis place where both the children and the adults come together and grow in extraordinary ways.

    Melanie Galuten

  • Our daughter came to our family, through adoption, and to the Rustic Canyon family at virtually the same time (within one month!).  As a 4 year old with eyes wide with uncertainty and a tender heart in need of love, she could not have found a better home!

    Carolyn Charles

  • After experiencing 11 different schools on 3 different continents with our kids, we look back at RCNS as our sweetest most cherished school experience. It enriched not just the lives of our children individually but our family as a whole in so many invaluable ways. Thank you Eve and Jennifer and the RCNS family for the precious gift of our years with you.

    Lauren Maffitt