Philosophy

Family Cooperative Preschool is a high quality early childhood program providing a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children. Children learn through play, interactions with peers and adults, and through the active exploration of nature and materials. The preschool offers a creative, flexible program designed to meet children’s individual developmental needs. Our program is geared towards building self-esteem, confidence, curiosity, responsibility and respect for one another. Extensive use of the outdoors and nature is an integral part of the curriculum. Children spend a significant amount of time outdoors on most days throughout the school year.

At Family Co-op, we:

  • Nurture the child’s physical development, well-being, and creative expression.
  • Cultivate the abilities to solve problems, think independently, make choices and develop a positive attitude toward learning.
  • Promote outdoor play and exploration through the use of the adjoining playground and the neighboring fields and woods.
  • Support inter-generational relationships, not only with the families who participate but also through the school’s ongoing involvement with the neighboring residences for senior citizens.
  • Encourage children to recognize similarities in one another and appreciate differences.
  • Enhance oral language skills through interactions with others.
  • Build the foundation for learning to read and write through daily exploration of the school’s environment.
  • Introduce math concepts every day as children engage in a variety of activities.
  • Foster active science exploration with resources that are available indoors and outdoors.