Why We Love Our School
The School is Ours
The cooperative school environment means we have a vested interest in our children and their education. As parents, we take an active role in the classroom which allows us the opportunity to observe our child first hand. Since parents sit on the board of directors, we collectively steer the school in the direction we feel is most beneficial for our students, teachers and membership.
Health and Safety is a Priority
Keeping our children healthy is a top priority of the Preschool. We maintain a strict health policy and stress the importance of cleanliness. From regular hand washing to frequent classroom cleaning throughout the day, the Preschool maintains a daily regiment of cleanliness.
Maintaining the Highest Standards
The Somers Cooperative Preschool is licensed by the State of Connecticut and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (see press release). We are committed to providing a high-quality program for young children and their families.
A Long History in the Community
The Somers Cooperative Preschool was founded in 1968 and has grown in size over its many years of existence. More than 1,000 children have attended the Preschool from Somers, Enfield, Ellington, Stafford and other towns in the surrounding area.
Forming Lasting Friendships
Many friendships and bonds are formed at the Preschool, not only between the students but also among parents. Taking an active role in your child’s education means you’re working alongside other parents who are all striving toward a common goal, providing the best education for their children. Whether it’s during working in the classroom, serving on the Board, or attending school functions, you will meet wonderful people and most likely forge many friendships.
Developmentally Appropriate Activities
Our daily activities promote a balanced program of social, educational, emotional and physical development of each individual child. The daily schedule includes circle time, small group activity time, learning centers and free play time, story time, music and finally playground time.
Positive Learning Environment
Our classrooms proudly display the student’s projects and feature play and educational centers for the children to explore. Painting easels, clay, reading loft, computer station, sand/water table, puzzles, doll corner, blocks and more, are areas that the children are encouraged to use during free play.
We feel it is very important for our children to spend time playing outside. Kids have lots of energy and this time allows them to have fun while building muscles and developing their social and gross motor skills. Our secure playground features bikes, swings, playscapes, a sandbox and other outdoor toys. Wintertime the children are bundled up and particularly love sledding when snow is available. Only during extreme weather conditions is outdoor play cancelled.
Our teachers provide a nurturing environment where children are comfortable to be themselves as they explore and learn about the world around them.