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Milford Cooperative Preschool

525 Hickory Street
Milford, MI 48381

(248) 685-0021


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Co-op

From the Director:

We are a play based cooperative using the High Scope approach to facilitate our learning style. Teaming families with an experienced teaching staff we work to grow great thinkers and problem solvers, which increases confidence and a life-long excitement for learning. Utilizing teacher-led as well as child initiated activities, large and small group times, inside and outdoor experiences, Milford Coop offers a well rounded program to prepare your child for a life time of learning.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Our philosophy embraces experiential learning through play. Our goal is to offer a classroom full of exciting activities and experiences to grow strong inquisitive minds. Through using questions and hands on activities children discover how to learn. Teachers come along side the students to encourage problem solving and discovery.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Cooperative preschools offer a unique approach to preschool. Our motto is, "Learn and grow with your child." The goal is to stregthen and support the family while educating the children. At MCP, you will have the unique opportunity to work side by side with the classroom teachers, other families, and most importantly, your child. Parents usually receive an education in the process. They become tuned in to what is going on in their child's life. They take an active part in their child's learning experiences and, as a result they are able to relate better to their children. Research consistently shows that children who do well in school have parents that are involved.
The rich tradition of the Milford Cooperative Preschool (MCP) began more than 65 years ago by the founder, Mrs. Dorothy Eis. Its humble beginnings began in the basement of the public library and later moved to the Milford Presbyterian Church and again to the Methodist Church. The school became the first licensed preschool in Oakland County. With grants from the Kimberly-Clark Foundation and Lula C. Wilson Trust fund, assistance from the Greater Detroit Cooperative Nursery Council (GDCNC) and the unshakeable dedication of a small group of parents, it became one of the very few co-ops in the state to own its own building in 1996.
Over the years, MCP has remained true to its original intent � to create a child-centered learning environment while also allowing parents to take an active role in the preschool experience. Today MCP maintains a membership of over 40 families and is a staple in the community. It is parents who make this school great! Like all of the students who have walked through these doors before us, our children will benefit from this incredibly nurturing environment. Like all of the students who have laughed, sang, pretended, played, painted, glued, listened and shared before ours, your child will benefit from this incredible school.
MCP is wholly-owned and operated by the parent membership as a non-profit organization. The Director and teachers are responsible for curriculum planning and implementation of the educational program. The general management of the affairs and business of the school is executed by the School Board, which is comprised of twelve volunteer parents. The School Board, representing current membership, is responsible for policy making, and provides on-going support for various school functions, such as fundraising, and special activities throughout the year. Families are considered for membership without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, or national origin.
MCP classes comprise of 3 and 4 year old programs as well as a parent/tot program for 2 year olds. Students attending the 3 and 4 year old programs must be fully toilet-trained with the exception of a child with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Milford Cooperative Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin for admission or scholarship program.

A Typical Day

Greeting Time
Small Group
Planning Time
Work Time (Free Play)
Clean Up
Recall Time
Snack Time
Large Group or Circle Time
Outside/Gym Time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We offer a variety of ways for the home and school to stay connected:
-Weekly Classroom Newsletters from the teachers share what goes on in the classroom and ways for parents to reinforce what goes on there
-Monthly School Newsletters from the Board keep families current on activities going on in and around the school
-Home to School projects twice a year encourage students, parents and family to become involved in creative and fun projects usually displayed in or around the school
-Community Outreach Projects involve families and students in making a difference to those outside of our school. We've collected gifts for the military, shoes for those less fortunate, and supplies to support our local Humane society...just to name a few.

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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

MCP has a wonderful progression of classes starting with parent-tot all the way to 4 Year Old Preschool. Each year that children attend they see familiar teacher smiles and become familiar with the surroundings.
For those that are new to our school, we encourage them to come in to play a few times before school starts or attend one of our many functions geared toward all ages (Summer Camp, Puppets in the Park, Holiday Brunch, Family Activities and Meet the Teacher.) This helps the child to feel more comfortable. If the child still has some anxiety on the first few days of school, we have enough staff to be able to offer a comfortable lap or hand to hold. It doesn't take long and the students are enjoying an exciting session of learning.