Founded in October 1954, TelHi Co-op provides a healthy, safe, and stimulating environment in which children can develop socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually.




A cooperative nursery school is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, democratic organization where each family shares in the planning and operation of the school. Parents participate in the program on a rotating basis, serving as assistants to a professional nursery school teacher and staff. The efforts of parents and their direct involvement during the school day make parent participation nursery schools a unique educational endeavor. At our school, all of the administrative functions, maintenance, and fundraising are performed by the parent members rather than by paid staff members. Our school is a state-licensed child-care facility and a non-profit 501c3 corporation.




Some of the benefits of participating in a Cooperative Nursery School include:

  • Each child gains the ability to relate to and communicate with other children, as well as adults.

  • Each child experiences a variety of play equipment, expressive materials, and media, resulting in a positive attitude towards learning.

  • Each child also gains self-esteem. Parents gain an opportunity to learn and develop with their child as well as an increased awareness of the role of education in developing an effective and satisfying family life.

  • The community gains children who are learning respect for others, and families with a sense of community responsibility.

  • As a result of parent participation, we have lower costs. Our current tuition is $530/month


Margaret Thrupp 

School Director + Senior Class

Margaret has been with TelHi since 2015. Previously, she worked in several coops in the city, including 11 years at Playmates in the Sunset district. She is passionate about the co-op model, which allows the possibility for wonderfully unique programming and offers a rich diversity of culture and experience in the classroom.

Margaret is from Sydney, Australia, where she studied music and education, and worked as both a music teacher and a performing musician, including working in the Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra. She moved to San Francisco in 1992 and went on to study early childhood education at City College of San Francisco. She completed her MA in Elementary Education (Performing Arts) at SFSU in 2005.


Margaret enjoys teaching preschool children because they are smarter than anyone realizes and have such funny and original things to say. She likes to do many things with her class, including messy science projects, open-ended art, writing stories and letters, exploring the patterns in numbers, singing songs, and reading good books. But best of all she likes to talk with her students, because you never know what they will say.

Melanie Lombardi

Junior Class

Melanie has been teaching for over 7 years including being the director of TelHi Co-op from 2012-2015. The Co-op is a special place for her and her family since all 3 of her girls attended it. She left the Co-op to pursue another passion of hers- real estate. After working for 3 years as a Realtor, she decided to go back to teaching, which she realized was where her heart really was. She has enjoyed being back in the classroom ever since.

Melanie is originally from Santa Barbara but was raised in the Bay Area. She got her BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in art from SFSU. While studying, she took a job at a preschool and enjoyed working with kids of that age. She decided to go back to school in Early Childhood Education and holds her Director’s Permit.

Melanie loves traveling, going on hikes and to the beach with her family. She loves gardening and is growing what she can in her alley garden in the city. Whether they are playing sports themselves or watching it on the television, her and her family are into being active. While her family was at the Co-op they made lifelong friends and still get together with them today for camping, picnics, and birthdays. That is one of many specials things that Melanie loves about the Co-op- it brings a sense of community together in a big city!

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Helen Wills Clubhouse

1401 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94109