Why Us?

The Co-op Preschool day is designed to allow the children time to explore and create, allowing them the opportunity to discover things on their own and with their teachers. Our goal is to develop children into life-long lovers of learning.

We provide a wide range of play areas and activities that allow children to direct their own free play. Freedom of choice enhances the complete development of the child and encourages curiosity. Children are encouraged to be independent in order to foster feelings of self-worth and confidence. They are also encouraged to express their feelings, both positive and negative in words. Through group activities, children learn to respect each other, control their bodies and develop good listening skills.

In everything we do, we try to follow the “Foundations to the Indiana Academic Standards for Young Children from Birth to Age 5″ (Indiana Foundations) and also recommendations from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The NAEYC’s “Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8″ warns against overly “academic” preschool programs. Click here to read more about our guidelines.

Still not convinced? Well… then we encourage you to read the following.

Don’t take our word for it. Additional information can be found through the following resources.

  • How to Choose a Preschool
    – a Dr. Spock article that writes: “Finding a preschool that’s right for your child will make his days pleasurable and stimulating, and give you peace of mind. This article suggests a step-by-step process for finding an excellent preschool for your child…” read more
  • What to Observe When Visiting a Preschool
    – a Dr. Spock article that writes: “Visiting in person is one of the best ways to learn about a preschool. Most schools are pleased to have prospective parents visit. If you feel that you are not welcome at the school, that should make you think twice about whether it’s the right school for you. Your visit probably will consist of a tour of the school and an interview with the director or principal. You might also ask if you could observe in a classroom. This would be particularly helpful if there is a specific class that your child would be entering…” read more