Our History

Humpty Dumpty Preschool began as an idea in the minds of three awesome women - Jan Doxtader, Emma Gibson and Dorothy Dickenson in 1967. Together they visited other area nursery schools to get help in establishing a cooperative nursery school in Eaton Rapids. After a short-term trial in the spring of 1968, the doors of Humpty Dumpty Preschool were formally opened in October of 1967. At that time classes were held in the Methodist Church.

Humpty Dumpty Preschool moved from the church to the Bay Window School in 1973 were the classes are still being held today. The building was built in the 1880's and it remains one of the nation's few one-room schoolhouses still operating as an educational institution. In 1990, the building was registered as a historical site in the state of Michigan and a grant from the Michigan State Housing Authority was used to restore and renovate the building to almost it's original appearance.

Humpty Dumpty Preschool continues to be the only cooperative preschool in Eaton Rapids and offers a program that gives parents and their children an opportunity to share, learn and explore together. The preschool promotes a teacher/parent team approach to education and is financed, administered and maintained by the parents.

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