A PLACE TO GROW
We are now accepting pre-registrations for the 2016-2017 school year. Please go to register to download the 2016-2017 pre-registration form. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact our membership officer.
Getting Started at WCP (Includes information about important dates, what to send to preschool with your child and how to deal with separation)
Labour Day: September 5th
2016-2017 Fundraisers: To be announced
September 6th: Preschool opens
September 7th: Annual General Meeting at 6pm
September 8th: Preview Day
September 9th: Light duty parent training for returning duty parents
September 12th – 16th: First week of classes
We are a non-profit co-operative preschool run for the children, by the parents. We are proud to have 2 caring and highly experienced teachers (one RECE and one Ontario Certified Teacher) who plan and implement our programs with the needs and interests of our children in mind. We offer families the opportunity to play a vital role in their child’s education by participating in the classroom once a month if they wish.
Waterloo Co-Operative Preschool has no religious association and we are fortunate to have a warm and welcoming classroom, large outdoor area, indoor gymnasium and several other rooms we may use. We know you will love our preschool as much as we do!
We welcome you and your child to join us for an early learning adventure! Our philosophy is to provide a “place to grow” in a safe and fun environment where children are treated with dignity, respect and care. Our teachers offer a program including both structured and free play elements that are designed to enrich your child socially, emotionally and intellectually.
Waterloo Co-Operative Preschool is a parent co-operative where families work together to manage the successful operation of our school. Being part of a parent co-op is a very rewarding experience. Our preschool provides the opportunity to be involved with your child’s early education in a way that works with your schedule, budget and lifestyle. All of the members pool their resources to create a successful program. We, as the parents, are the assistant teachers, the administrators, the fundraisers, the maintenance crew, and the organizers. Together, the families of Waterloo Co-Op have been running successful programs for over 45 years!
At our preschool, you may choose to be either participating or non-participating. Participating means you will help out in the classroom once a month as a teacher’s assistant in return for a reduction in tuition fees. Non-participating means you do not have to help out in the classroom.
For a reduction in the monthly tuition fee, parents can participate in the classroom as a teacher’s assistant. This includes assisting with snack preparation, setting up/cleaning up, and interacting with the class during the program. Parents can expect to be scheduled for classroom duty once a month, plus one back-up duty day.
If you choose this option, you must be available to be scheduled as a duty parent for at least half of the number of your child’s classes in any given month. Duty parents are required to arrive 15 mintues before class begins and are asked to stay 15 minutes after class ends. As part of Ministry Regulations, duty parents are not able to bring other children to school on their duty day.
This option accommodates parents who are not able to come into the classroom. The full tuition fee is payable for this option.
As per the co-operative philosophy, all families participate on a committee or on the Board of Directors, regardless of classroom participation choice. For the 2014-15 preschool year we are offering families the opportunity to opt-out of committee work for a yearly fee of $350 (equivalent to $35/month, payable at the start of the preschool year). If you have more than one child attending the preschool, you are only asked to participate in one committee or Board of Director role. Committee and Board of Director Membership are a great way to get invovled and make a difference in your child’s school!
Are you interested in being more involved with the preschool? Maybe looking to supplement your resume? Consider sitting on our Board of Directors!
Board of Director Positions may include:
All members of the Board of Directors are required to participate in monthly Executive meetings that are typically held at the preschool.
If you have a special skill or job that would help the preschool (eg. painter, electrician etc.) or be of interest to the children (eg. police officer, musician etc.), we’d love to talk with you to see if we can work together. Arrangements can often be made in exchange for committee duty or fundraising.
We’ve been so pleased with how both our kids – our shy, please-don’t-leave-me daughter, and our bouncy I’m-off-to-the-sandbox son – have flourished at the pre-school with the teachers.Roberta J.
My daughter was already comfortable with Waterloo Co-Op Preschool because her older brother went there, but the first day when I took her to class, she could barely believe that it was finally her turn. I enjoy seeing her have so much fun in the classroom and seeing her little personality develop. This preschool is a truly special place.Sarah’s Mom
Our daughter Hannah attended Waterloo Coop Preschool as an alternative to full-day JK. Being a December baby, the full days would have definitely been too much for her. In one short year, Hannah went from being a timid preschooler to an eager and more confident child, ready to take on Kindergarten. Waterloo Coop Preschool provided her with the skills and confidence she needed to excel in Kindergarten and she has found even more confidence in the fact that in SK, they studied the same Jolly Phonics program she learned in Preschool. Thank you!Hannah’s mom
My daughter absolutely loved every day of the toddler program. She was so excited to see her teachers and classmates. She comes home singing new songs, proudly displaying her artworks and discussing with anticipation the next day she will go to school!Hannah’s Mom
We have been with WCP for 7 years now and have truly loved every minute of it. The quality of care the teachers offer far surpasses anything else I have been able to find in the community. We would highly recommend this program to parents looking into co-operative preschools.Carrie T.
All three of my children have attended the preschool and have all loved it very much. The teachers have been wonderful in insuring the kids are settling in well and having fun. My oldest boy loved his time away from mommy and in his own school and really misses the teachers now that he is out of school.Child’s Mom
Waterloo Co-op Preschool by far has surpassed all my expectations and needs!! My children are in a fun filled nurturing environment and are striving. The teachers are very involved and make participation in class a joy. On various occasions my children have refused to leave when class was over. I go out of my way to keep my children in this school and will enroll my third when she is old enough!
We love the program! I enjoy being in the classroom and watching my son interact with others. I can’t wait to get little sister started next year!Eric’s Parents
Our son attended the preschool program at Waterloo Cooperative as a 3 year old and had an excellent experience there. As an introverted child who gets anxious in new social settings and around large groups of children, we thought it would be better to give him another year to mature before introducing him to a classroom with 20+ kids. We are so glad we made the decision to keep him at Waterloo Cooperative Preschool for another year in the Preparing for Kindergarten program.Seth’s Mom
We have loved all of our experiences at WCP (3 kids thru toddler and preschool classes) – currently loving the Prep K class. My daughter feels so grown up and is proud of the skills she’s developing! It’s a real highlight of her week!Tess’ Mom
I think its great that a toddler program is offered as it is a great way to get your 18-30 month child out socializing and learning from others around them.Erin, Quinn’s Mom
Everyday my son asks “is it preschool day?”, with hope in his voice. From the moment I met the teachers, I knew this cozy classroom with two incredible teachers was for us. I rave about it regularly to those with young children.Rachel T.
Even before he was enrolled, our son Carter couldn’t wait to get in the door of the Preschool. He saw how much fun his big sister was having there and just wanted to be a part of it. We decided to enroll him in the toddler program and he has loved every minute of it. He wakes up every day of the week and asks us if it’s his “preschool day”. The only problem is having to see his pouting face on the days where it is not! To me, Carter’s eagerness and enthusiasm is the best and most important indication of what a fantastic program this preschool has.Carter’s mom
The Waterloo Cooperative Preschool prepared Sammy for all day every day JK. I don’t think she would have settled in with such ease if it wasn’t for her fantastic Preschool experience.Sammy’s mom
The teachers at Waterloo Co-Op Preschool are wonderful and have made our son’s first school experience a great one! He is excited to go to school and I am astounded at the new things he is continually learning. I would recommend this preschool to anyone!Josh’s mom
Waterloo Co-Operative Preschool | c/o Emmanuel United Church | 22 Bridgeport Rd. W. | Waterloo, Ontario N2L 2Y3 | tel: (519) 884-3400
Located in Emmanuel United Church at the corner of Bridgeport and Albert (entrance off of Albert Street)