Play is a child's way of learning. Children learn by playing, doing, watching, and feeling; by being free to experiment and try out materials and equipment without adult ideas and standards imposed on them. For preschool children, the process of learning is much more important than the product. Good equipment that is carefully supervised and a well-planned program stimulate this learning process. Only limited formal instruction is necessary or desirable at this age. DCP gives children an opportunity to use and experiment with equipment and materials that individual families may not have at home. With help and encouragement when necessary, the children grow in their abilities and skills. Each success brings the satisfaction and accomplishment necessary for them to feel good about themselves.
Preschool is a beginning step in learning to live with become part of a group. With understanding and careful guidance on the part of adults, children gradually become aware of the rights and feelings of others as well as a growing consciousness of their own rights. This is how children grow socially.
DCP offers a unique opportunity for children to know and work with adults other than their parents, as well as for the adults to know and understand other children. Children feel and learn from the good spirit that develops from people working together, sharing responsibilities and experiences. As you and your child share together in these opportunities, there comes a sense of belonging. From this sense of belonging comes the real joy of working together toward a common goal: that of becoming a more competent parent with a happy and secure child.
In short, for parents, a cooperative preschool gives you the opportunity to:
Participate in your child's learning experiences (volunteer opportunities are available for families in the drop off Pre-K class)
Learn about the developmental stages appropriate to your child's age
Brainstorm solutions for current parenting issues with the teacher and other parents
For your child, it's an opportunity to:
Choose from a rich variety of daily activities including art, imaginative play, music, outdoor play, science, circle and story times
Participate in all school field trips, special events and fundraising activities
Experiment with materials and equipment without adult ideas and standards being imposed on them
Work together, sharing responsibilities and experiences as part of a group
Know and work with adults other than their parents
Duvall Cooperative Preschool admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic or other school administered programs.
Duvall Cooperative Preschool is a non-profit school, run by our teachers and our parents. Our board of trustees is comprised of parents with children enrolled in our programs. What sets up apart from other cooperative preschools, is that because we are not associated with a local community college, we have flexibility in planning our class programs, fundraising options, and overall organization of our school.
Most cooperative preschools only offer classes where parents are in the classroom full-time, or on a rotating basis. We do have standard co-op style programs available, however we now provide a drop off Pre-K class as well. This variety of programs allows families to determine what works best for them. All families at DCP support our school by participating in annual fundraisers, school jobs, and coming together as a community for social events throughout the school year. Check out the Member Responsibilities Page for more details.