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Great Barrington Cooperative Preschool

251 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

(413) 528-2127


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Located in the heart of downtown Great Barrington, GBCP is an arts and community based school that is owned and operated by parents and staffed by professional educators.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Co-op

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"To integrate the needs of each child into a developmentally age-appropriate curriculum in the least restrictive environment.
To design the environment and classroom materials so that a child may be self guided in choosing activities.
To encourage them to follow their naturally curious and creative natures in play.
To help them relate comfortably with other children and adults.
To promote cooperation and common goals among families and teachers of the cooperative."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school