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About Us

Our School

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."
- Fred Rogers

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Philosophy

Kent Meridian Cooperative Preschool brings parents and caregivers into the classroom to collaborate with the students as they learn. 

For the children, we implement a play-based curriculum where every activity is carefully selected to encourage learning through play. This approach is the result of a conscious decision to focus on social skill development for preschool-aged students, rather than a solitary focus on academic skills. 

A cooperative preschool is just as much about the parents and caregivers as it is about the children, providing a parenting community and network. While working in the classroom, caregivers are able to see the play-based model in action. In addition, Kent Meridian Cooperative Preschool offers Parent Education sessions where the focus is on age appropriate developmental milestones children may be at, and how to parent through them utilizing the positive parenting method.

The Cooperative
Preschool Model

At Kent Meridian Cooperative Preschool, we strive to provide an immersive educational experience for both children and their caregivers. For every class at Kent Meridian, caregivers are expected to volunteer in the classroom once a week. This allows us to provide an adult-to-student ratio that is appropriate to preschool-aged children, while keeping the cost of tuition accessible for our families. 

 

Please visit our Classes page for more information on caregiver commitment for each of our classes, and feel free to visit our FAQ for more information on how a cooperative preschool works.

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