What is a Cooperative Preschool?
Cooperative preschools are wonderful places to share firsthand in your child’s initial school experience! A cooperative preschool allows you, as a parent, to be intimately involved with your child’s education. Seeing you participating in the classroom allows your child to see how much you value his or her education. A cooperative preschool is a safe, secure, and gradual transition, for both parents and children, between staying at home and formal schooling. It also provides an opportunity to meet like-minded parents and to form lasting friendships and support networks. It is a tight-knit, nurturing community which offers parents a sense of camaraderie and parent/teacher partnerships unlike any other preschool experience.
A Co-op preschool is owned and maintained by the parents of the children enrolled, therefore keeping the costs lower than many other preschools. Co-ops operate as non-profits, and the business operations of the school are run and maintained by a board of directors – the parents. Parents also assist teachers in the classroom on a rotating basis and hold various roles of assistance to the school and to the board, thus making it truly a cooperative venture. The cooperative philosophy is based on these very important components: parental involvement, developmentally appropriate programs, and social, emotional, and cognitive skill-building by learning through play.
Preschool programs are more successful when parents participate. This remains true throughout a child’s education and is one of the most consistent predictors of school success and achievement beyond preschool.
The History of Apple House
At one time, the land on which St. Augustine (Episcopal Church, Danville, IN) is located was all apple orchards. As the gentleman who owned the land got older, he had his right hand man cut down the trees until there were only two trees from the original orchard left. Upon his death, the land was willed to the Episcopal Church. When the church took over, they remodeled the “apple house” building where the picked apples were stored to be used for Sunday school classes. In the early 1980’s St. Augustine’s decided they wanted to utilize the building during the week for some use by the community. They sent out 500 letters, receiving 2 back, one from a group of mothers wanting to start a preschool co-op.
In 1983 Apple House Preschool Co-op, Inc. was started. Apple House moved to Avon Christian Church in 1992 and was housed there for 13 years. We moved again to Grace Fellowship Church in 2005 and then Parkside Church of the Nazarene. We are now located at The Journey Church in Avon.