Why Preschool?

Preschool offers children their first opportunity for important, continuous relationships outside of home and family with other children their own age and with adults other than their parents. It offers a variety of early social contacts, a sense of belonging to a group, a sharing of experiences and a chance to be self-sufficient and independent. Preschool provides an environment that meets the needs of the child at his/her particular stage of development.

What is a Cooperative Preschool?

A cooperative preschool is a group of families organized to provide their children with the finest of preschool experiences. A cooperative preschool offers a developmental program for groups of children ages three to five. Each child must be toilet trained. A cooperative preschool is a non-profit educational and developmental program for young children administered and maintained by the parents and licensed by the State of Michigan.

Is a Cooperative Preschool Educational?

Yes! The preschool addresses all areas of the child's development, laying the foundation for later academic achievement:

  • Creative thinking and problem solving skills
  • Language development
  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Social and emotional development
  • Decision making

What do children do in the classes?

The class format is similar for each group: Class begins with “circle time” when the group comes together on the carpet for greeting, attendance, songs and the calendar. The teacher explains the planned activities for the day. The children then have self-selection time when they take part in the day’s activities. These activities may include painting, play dough, arts & crafts, puzzles, or writing. At the end of self-selection time, the class cleans up, comes together on the carpet for a story, and then has snack. After snack, the class participates in group activities such as music, dance and other gross motor activities. This is usually followed by free time outside or in the play area.

What are the benefits for my child?

  • A safe, secure learning environment
  • An atmosphere which encourages curiosity and creativity
  • Learning opportunities appropriate to your child's developmental needs
  • Exposure to a variety of child-scaled equipment and materials not available at home
  • Guidance by a trained teacher
  • Interaction with other children and adults
  • Freedom and time to be an individual
  • Increased confidence and self-worth without fear of failure

What are the benefits for me?

  • Support during the joyous, yet sometimes trying time of being a parent

  • Involvement in decisions affecting your child's first school experience
  • Guided observations of children in a group setting
  • Close interaction with the teacher and other parents
  • Access to experts through conferences, meetings and written materials
  • Increased self-confidence in your role as a parent
  • An opportunity for personal growth

What is expected of me as a parent?

When your child is enrolled in the preschool, you will become a member of the co-op. You will be expected to attend two general meetings of the co-op. At these meetings, you will sign up for workdays when you will assist in the classroom. On average, you will work two to four days per month. In addition, you will be expected to serve on a committee (such as maintenance, graduation, bulletin boards, etc.) or to serve on the Board. Parents are also asked to contribute their time, talents and ideas to maintain and improve the growth and success of the preschool. 

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