About Us

We are Piper.  We grow families.  We create community.  We love what we do, and put our heart and soul into every detail.

Crystal, our co-founder, started as part of the admissions team at Brentwood School.  It was during this experience that she saw a need for quality preschools in West LA.  She came home one day with an idea and drew up plans on a napkin.  A year and a half later, in 2009, Cassidy Preschool opened in Santa Monica. Leaving Cassidy in 2013, the vision continued as Piper opened in January 2014.

Not being from LA, we’ve seen how friends become family and how a preschool setting is the perfect way to make new ones.   Whether it’s to grab a coffee, schedule a play date, or plan a vacation, a sense of community is at our core.

Since 2009, we’ve met some of our closest friends through running a preschool.  What’s truly amazing is how the community becomes so much larger than we could ever imagine.  From the planned meals for families and teachers in need, to school parties, to local charity support, down to the hugs and high-fives in the hallway, it always feels like home.

As a new mom or dad, you have a place to share worries and seek advice.  As a working parent, you’re able to entrust others with unwavering confidence.  The decision you make to allow us to share in this amazing stage of your child’s life isn’t taken lightly, as your family will help to build the foundation of a great community within Piper.  We can’t wait for your family to join ours.

We also try to live by four very basic principles found in a book called The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.  While it isn’t always easy, we expect it of ourselves and encourage it from our staff. It’s a good reminder of how life should be lived, how others should be treated, and how to be your best self. These are the four principles that have carried us through some tough times… and made the good ones even better.

BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD
Speak with integrity.  Speak only the truth.  Say only what you mean, avoid gossip, and don’t talk negatively about others.

DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY
Brutal… but has an amazing pay-off.  Nothing others do is because of you.  What others say or do is a projection of their own reality.  Don’t worry about things you can’t control.  Let it ride, take the high road, and stay positive.

DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS
Easy, right?  Nope.  We all do it.  Find the courage to ask questions, dig a little deeper, and be able to express what you really want.  Communicate with others as clearly as possible so you can avoid misunderstandings.  Check your ego at the door.

ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST
Under all circumstances, simply do your best.  No matter what you do, where you are in life, or who you know… just do your best. Do what’s right, and you’ll never be in the wrong.

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