West Side Preschool Co-Op

What are benefits of a Co-Op?

Parents will have the opportunity to see your child in a setting different from most others.

You will both learn from the teacher, curriculum, and the experience, all while making friends! We appreciate the variety of helpers our families provide- Moms, Dads and Grandparents.   They all enrich your child’s experience.

Because we are a co-op, our classes have a higher adult to child ratio than most early childhood programs.  

Each class session will have our lead teacher, aide and 3-4 helping family members.  This makes it possible for us to offer your child a wide variety of activities and experiences with adult guidance.  One of the most important pre-reading activities for a child is conversation. When adults converse with children, their vocabulary, verbal skills and understanding of ideas and concepts increase.

Our high adult to child ratio also allows for more frequent and positive social interactions and growth.

All parents welcome!

What Happens at West Side Preschool Doesn’t Stay at West Side Preschool


The songs sung, the rhymes chanted, the feelings of friendship-it doesn’t stay at school-it goes home.

Learning doesn’t end after a child leaves the classroom. When we enjoy what we experience we want to share it! Children want to repeat the songs learned, they want to act out a story that entertained and they want to share the struggles and triumphs of their day. Children want to include loved ones in the feelings held at preschool. Those feelings can be carried in their heart for a lifetime!

We hold a strong tradition in relationships! We value parental interaction with the teachers, the staff, the kids. We love to share our joy for play, our love of learning, and our passion for friendship. We hope you feel it and we hope it goes home with you.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou


Save those bows and ribbons this holiday season!

We can reuse your bows in our projects!

Save bows that are in good condition and drop them off in our recycling bin
by the front door of preschool.
Ribbons are a great way to practice cutting with scissors! You can practice at home or bring some in to add to our ribbon cutting stash!  

Leaves are Nature’s Invitation to Play!

Take Advantage of Nature’s Seasonal Fun with these Leafy Ideas!

Cat and Mouse Path Game

Rake leaves to one side forming a path with no leaves. Children can help create the path or give directions on where to make connections. Put away the rake and choose one person to be the cat for chasing the mouse/mice along the path. No straying off the path! After a few times re-evaluate the path and make adjustments.

Transfer and dumping station

Use trucks, buckets and scoops to move the leaves from all over the yard to one spot. Children have a natural desire to fill and spill! The more differing size containers to fill the better!

Create an outdoor leaf kitchen

Add a small table, cooking utensils, pots and pans and allow children to pretend to be a chef!

Autumn leaves are falling down!

Take an old pillow case outside to place leaves onto. Have two or more hold onto the pillow case corners and toss the leaves into the air!

What is your family’s favorite way to play in the leaves?

By Krista McElroy