Christian Cooperative Preschool
Christian Cooperative Preschool

Our Mission

The primary goal of Christian Cooperative Preschool is to provide a warm, caring place for children and their families.
We strive to:
  • Provide children with opportunities to interact with other children in a setting conducive to the development of positive social relationships.
  • Provide children with opportunities for meaningful play that is based on individual needs, interests and abilities that will build a foundation for future academic skills.
  • Provide a stimulating environment that will appeal to children's natural curiosity to learn.
  • Develop in each child a sense of independence, self-worth and respect for others.
  • Provide families with opportunities to meet and work with other families and teachers who share a common concern for the interests and needs of young children.
  • Provide a wide variety of activities within an atmosphere where cooperative play is encouraged. Curriculum areas of art, science, cooking, movement, dramatic play, music, language and fine motor activities provide each child with opportunities to trust their own feelings about what is learned, heard, seen and done and begin sharing these experiences with others.

Our Philosophy - Learning Through Play

It is often through play that children learn to make sense of the world around them. At CCP, we understand this. While children play, they develop physical coordination, emotional maturity, social skills to interact with other children, and self-confidence to try new experiences and explore new environments.

All classrooms follow the 'Massachusetts Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences' and follow the Reading Public Schools direction regarding enrollment ages for the classrooms. Below is a small sampling of curriculum that children will learn and practice through many different formats. Children will learn:

  1. Colors, shapes and sizes.
  2. Letter sounds.
  3. Positional words.
  4. Left to right progression of words.
  5. Rhyming.
  6. Patterning and tallying.
  7. Self help skills.

Class overviews are listed below.

Infant & Toddler Room 

  • The focus of this class is socialization, language development and separation from parent/caregiver.
  • We enroll 7 children in this class.
  • The class also has spaces available for Sibling School Day.  (For younger siblings of enrolled children who need caring for on their parent's volunteer days.  There is a small fee for this service.)
  • Children may enroll in this class beginning at 6 weeks.
  • This class has 1 teacher and 2 parent helper/aides.
  • Class meets 2 days/week. Choose M/W or T/TH.
Two Year Old Room
  • The focus of this class is socialization, language development, separation from parent/caregiver, cooperative play, turn taking and gross and fine motor development.
  • We enroll 9 in this class.
  • Children must be 2 on or before August 31 to enroll.
  • This class has 1 teacher and 2 parent helpers/aides.
  • Class meets 2 days/week. Choose M/W or T/TH.
  • Lunch bunch may be available for children who have turned three while in the two year old class with teacher recommendation.  See the Programs & Rates tab for more information.
Three Year Old Room
  • The focus of this class is socialization, language development, math readiness, cooperative play, turn taking, gross and fine motor development, stretching children's attention spans, and following directions.
  • We enroll 14 in this class.
  • Children must be 3 on or before August 31 to enroll.
  • This class has 1 teacher and 2 parent helpers/aides.
  • Option to choose 2 days/week (M/W or T/TH), 3 days/week (M/W/F or T/TH/F) or more school days if space allows.
  • Friday spaces are filled on a 'first come, first served' basis and is comprised of a mixture of M/W and T/TH students.
  • These children have the option to attend Lunch Bunch. See the Programs & Rates tab for more information.

Pre-K Room

  • The focus of this class is socialization, reading readiness, math readiness, cooperative play, turn taking, gross and fine motor development, stretching children's attention spans, and following directions.
  • We enroll 16 in this class.
  • Children must be 4 on or before August 31 to enroll.
  • This class has 1 teacher and 2 parent helpers/aides      .
  • Option to choose 3 (M/W/F or T/TH/F), 4 (M-TH) or 5 (M-F) days as space allows.
  • These children have the option to attend Lunch Bunch. See the Programs & Rates tab for more information.

Our Cooperative

At CCP, parents have the opportunity to partner together with teachers to participate in their child's first school experience. Parents assist in a classroom on a rotating basis (approximately one time per month) and participate in the classroom activities planned by the teacher. Parents are also asked to participate on a committee of their choice.

In addition to the parent/teacher partnership, being part of a coop helps build community and lifelong friendships.

Why Choose a Cooperative Preschool?

  • Coops bring families with young children together around issues of education, parenting, community and care.
  • Coops allow parents the opportunity to be involved in their child's early learning and social development.
  • Parents are committed to partnering with teachers to make the preschool experience the best it can be.

See what other parents say about their CCP experience under the "Testimonial" tab.

Opt-Out Option:

In its perpetual mission to accommodate the changing needs of its families, CCP realizes that not all parents are able to fulfill the cooperative commitment to the program—whether due to employment obligations, the need to care for a family member during CCP time, or just the need for time for oneself. While not wanting to abandon the cooperative premise on which the program was founded and which makes CCP truely unique, we will continue to be a cooperative program. However CCP will begin offering an Opt-Out tuition rate* for those parents who are unable to fulfull their cooperative commitment. Please call CCP's Director, Eileen McTaggart, at 781-944-0612 for more information.

* The Opt-Out rate will be slightly higher than the standard Co-op rate to cover paid vs. volunteer classroom aides in order to maintain our outstanding child-to-adult ratios.

A parent volunteer reading to the 2 year old class.

CCP is a half day program offering classes from September to June for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

Contact Us Today!

CCP

6 Salem St
Reading, MA 01867


Phone:781-944-0612

E-mail: ccpdirector@oldsouthumc.org

 

Hours: M-F 9AM-12PM,

            September - June

 

Limited director hours July & August

 

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CCP Staff

Director:  

Eileen McTaggart

Teachers:

Maura Adams

Jessica Aiello

Michelle Coffill

Cindy Petrucci

Business Manager:  Jeanne Spignese

Our teachers are certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education Care and participate in ongoing professional development. The faculty is certified in First Aid and CPR.  

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