Our 2020-2021 Preschool Classes

The 20-21 school year is a challenging one. After cancelling school mid-March of 2020 we convened a board committee to look at our options for September 2020. We are so lucky to have so much outdoor space - and so decided to do an 'outdoor school' school year. We purchased coverings, used tents - parents built tables and even a sink!!  It is going really well and so nice to be able to be in school!


3-4's Class  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-12:00

(with an option to stay until 2:45 Tuesdays)
Two teachers - Jen and Joslyn

One parent helper daily
14 in person 
maximum (16 in a regular year)

Tuition: $136/m

Tuition for T long day and Th until 12 - $194/m

4-5's Class   
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00-12:00

(with an option to stay until 2:45 Monday and Wednesdays)
Two teachers - Jen and Joslyn

One parent helper daily
14 in-person maximum (16 in a regular year)

Tuition morning only: $227/m

Tuition for mornings plus M/W afternoons: $347/m


3-4-5's Class 
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays from 12:30-2:45
Two teachers - Jen and Joslyn

One parent helper daily
14 in-person maximum (16 in a regular year)

Tuition: $176/m

Supplemental Kindergarten/1st Class

Thursdays and Fridays from 12:30-3:00

(with an option to stay until 2:45 Tuesdays)
Two teachers - Joslyn and Jennifer

14 children (maximum) (16 in a regular year)

Tuition: $136/m

Remote Class

A choice for families that are not comfortable for in-person school or who are under quarantine or out sick

Multiple class options a week (collaborative drawing, sculpture, story making, read aloud, music interpretation . . . )

Tuition: $60/m


2-3s class information listed on Parent/Child classes page

1-2s class information listed on Parent/Child classes page

Program Goals for preschool children at The Cooperative Preschool
​Take risks and try new things – cognitively, physically, socially, emotionally and creatively
  • Share ideas, theories and perspectives through a variety of symbolic languages

  • Learn to respect themselves and others as individuals and value diversity of thought, culture and personality

  • Continue to develop a variety of skills to support growth and development across the curriculum

  • Ability to play, work, and learn with a variety of personalities and form meaningful relationships

  • Be persistent and be intentional

  • To be curious, love learning and enjoy being a part of a community

Typical Schedule (in a non-pandemic year)

     30-60 minutes - Arrive at School - Outside Play and Projects

     15 minutes - Circle Time​

     20 minutes - Snack Time​

     60 - Indoor Play and Project Time​

     10 minutes - Closing Circle​

      5 minutes - Community Circle (Parents, Teachers and Children) and Goodbye​

(this is a loose schedule as we move with the children. Sometimes projects go back outside as interest dictates.)


Play in the Preschool Classroom

We allow two large blocks of time when children have choices about what interests them, who they want to play with and where they want to be. This time allows the children to be in control of themselves and their choices. Some children will paint, work in the sensory table, build a castle, fly to mars in their space ship, write a letter, listen to some music, chat with a friend or read a book. Another child may spend most of the hour planning a tea party, inviting friends, setting the table, negotiation roles, planning their event and cooking the food. Another child might spend the majority of their time working with a teacher in the science area researching, drawing and talking about whales. We value this time so much because the children have the opportunity to structure their own time and activities, and create their own educational experiences. While respecting their choices and interests, we encourage the children to try new areas, to hear what others are interested in and working on and to share their ideas with the community. We learn a lot about who they are and how they interact. We learn how we can best support and extend their interests, questions and curiosities.

One of our Newsletter articles:
"What Should Preschool look like? What Does Learning Look Like?

Please give us a call or send us an email if you have any questions about the school:

208-342-7479 (but email is best)

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The Cooperative Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or ethnic background of children or families in its admissions, scholarship or hiring opportunities.