"It takes a village to raise a child"-- African proverb
Started over 50 years ago, the NSC Cooperative Preschool Program offers a warm and gentle introduction to school and community life for young children and their families. Adults and children learn together, grow together, and actively build a community together.
For children, “co-op” is a safe and nurturing place in which to explore and have fun. Social, emotional and intellectual skills are learned through cooperative and creative play. For parents, it’s a place to improve parenting skills, help shape their child’s first school environment, and form lasting friendships.
For kids and parents alike, co-op builds self-confidence and competence. But most of all, co-op is fun!
“My friends are always amazed at how calm, capable, entertaining and in control I am with groups of young children -- especially since I have only one of my own. It certainly doesn’t come naturally -- I have four years of co-op to thank!” -- parent of a Pre-K child
“My co-op experience really prepared me to take on a leadership role at my son’s elementary school. It gave me a jump start in so many ways: like knowing how to conduct a small group project and otherwise be an asset (instead of a pain!) to the teacher as a classroom volunteer. Having already worked within one school system, I’m eager and confident to get involved in policy making for this one, too.” -- parent of a Kindergartner Next... How a co-op works
Open registration is the process whereby new families register their children for co-op spaces. It is held early in the year for fall entry.