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    About Us

    We are an independently operated, non-profit private school and we have taught the love of learning to young children for over 55 years. Our policies are established by parent volunteers elected to the Board of Directors and by regulations of the Department of Health and Family Services of Wisconsin.

    We are a play-based, child-centered program that balances socialization and academic readiness. All of our teachers are fully certified to work with young children and participate in continuing education every year. The preschool class focuses on children learning socialization skills and believes in learning through play. We are also a vendor site for the Racine Unified School District's four year old Kindergarten (4K) program, hosting an AM and PM 4K classroom every year.

    What is a Co-Op?

    When considering a preschool for your child, there are several questions you may ask yourself: Are you comfortable with the room/space? Do you agree with the teaching style of the school? Will your child have fun and learn at the same time? It can be stressful and exciting.

    A cooperative preschool often brings more questions to families. What does cooperative mean? How is it different from the other preschools in my area? We hope the following information will answer some of these questions for you.

    The core principles of a cooperative preschool are set around the belief that parent involvement in a child's early education is vitally important. For Racine Cooperative Preschool (RCP), this means regular and active parent involvement both inside and outside the classroom. A cooperative preschool is not for everyone. If you are looking for a preschool education that only commits you to drop your child off for a few hours a few times a week and pick them up, then this might not be the right fit for you or your family.

    A cooperative preschool strives to include families in every aspect of their child's educational experience, this is different from a traditional preschool. One of the greatest benefits to a cooperative preschool is the parent involvement in the classroom. As a parent, you will get to experience watching your child learn and grow as well as being an active participant in his/her education. You will see them make friends, learn something new every day, and gain confidence in themselves and the world around them.

    Another way Racine Cooperative Preschool is different from other preschools in our area is that our RCP families are members. That means you, as a parent or guardian, have an active role in the decisions made for our school. The school cannot run without our members. The Board of Directors oversees the school and is made up of current and previous RCP families whose children attended or currently attend Racine Cooperative Preschool. Racine Cooperative School has been around for over 55 years and continues to run because parents, like you, become involved in all aspects of the school.

    Not all parents may want or be able to take an active role on the Board of Directors; but there are so many ways families, or members, are needed to keep the school going strong and to keep its core principles in place.

    At a minimum, each preschool parent is required to be in the classroom at least 1-2 times each month of the school year. Parents also will be asked to provide snack or drink on the days that they volunteer in the classroom, as well as help with craft/art projects, bathroom breaks and small cleaning tasks. Children love when their parent volunteers in the classroom; it makes them feel very special. You would be amazed how they flourish in front of you, given the opportunity to show you how much they are learning!

    As a non-profit school, we rely on organized fundraising events throughout the year. At Racine Cooperative Preschool, we hold a Fun Fair, an Art Fair, a rummage sale and at least two direct sale fundraisers throughout the school year. We need parents help for all of these events. We also have 2-3 large clean up days where we ask families to spend a half-day on a weekend to help clean up after our larger events, like the Fun Fair and the Art Fair. Other ways that families can choose to participate is by providing services to the school, in the areas of general maintenance: mowing the lawn, helping with recycling, general grounds upkeep etc. It may seem like a lot initially, but the rewards are incredible and we have a lot of fun!

    Some of the kids' favorite activities throughout the year are the family fun nights the school puts on for kids/families. These are activities held at school or in the community, oftentimes around holidays-Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, but also include events at Monkey Joe's or other community kid friendly venues.

    If you are looking for an early education experience for your child, one in which you get to play an active part and can help shape your child's first educational experience, we are the school for you!

    Learn more about The Racine Cooperative's vision and its approach to 21st century education.