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Racine Cooperative Preschool

2500 N Green Bay Road
Racine, WI 53405

(262) 634-1123

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Co-op

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our mission is to provide a safe and caring environment to enrich your child's individuality and foster their self esteem, while preparing them for their academic future. Our teachers accomplish this through teacher and child led group activities, teacher directed lessons and discovery, hands on experiences, new social experiences and adapted child centered based centers.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

It is the Racine Cooperative Preschool philosophy that parental involvement in our classrooms is the key to enhancing your childs initial educational experience. This will promote a positive out look on the child's educational experience throughout their lives. When a parent or other adult important in a child's life takes such an interest in their child's education the excitment and joy that the child has is a wonderful reward. Not only does the child get to share an important adult with their friends, but gets to share friends with an adult in a safe, friendly and caring environment.

A Typical Day

Both our preschool and 4K classes start with some play time, either in centers, or by choice. After cleaning up we start our day off with a hello song and talking about the calendar and weather. There is time for art, music and movement, acedemics related to our theme or topic, snack and the all important recess.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have both classroom specific and school wide newsletters that go home on a regular basis. We ask that our students bring a folder to class everyday for notes back and forth from the teacher or the school to parents and back again. We have parent/teacher conferences scheduled throughout the year as well as open houses, a fun fair in the fall, family fun nights once per month and an art fair in the sping. On top of all that we have work that the parents can take home and work that we send home for the kids to do with their parents.

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have done everything from letting Mom or Dad stay at the beginning of class to letting the student carry around a favorite stuffed animal to sitting in the office with the Administor and just reading a book.
One student in particular would only come to school if he were able to ride the new tricycles, so every morning when he arrived the Administrator took him out to ride a few times around the track and then we started our day in the classroom.