Co-op offers programs for children ages 2-8. Choices include our Explorer program for children age 2 on August 1, our Preschool program for ages 3-5 on August 1 (morning and afternoon options), and our LEAP program for children in grades K-2 (age 5-7 on August 1). We offer Lunch Bunch (extended days) until 2 pm on Monday-Friday at our Rosemont Garden campus. Our Clays Mill campus offers Lunch Bunch (extended days) on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Children eat lunch together and enjoy additional time for play. In the summer, Camp Co-op will offer two to four sessions lasting two weeks each.
Co-op offers a class specifically for Twos/Young Threes. Children who are two years old on August 1 of the current school year will be placed in this class. Children who are three on August 1 will join the Preschool class. Classes are available Monday through Friday mornings from 8:30am to 11:30am at the school’s Rosemont Garden campus. Children may choose to attend one, two, or three mornings a week.
The Explorer program provides an excellent first school experience. Children will learn through creative, hands-on, interactive experiences. Teachers will emphasize gentle and consistent limits in a safe, loving and nurturing environment. An adult/child ratio of 1:3 will be maintained.
Financial aid is not available for the Explorer program. Get registration and cost information ›
Preschool Program (ages 3-5)
Morning or Afternoon Classes Available
Our Preschool classes are multi-age, with children who are age 3 or age 4 on August 1 of the current school year. (Children who are age 5 on August 1 may also be accepted with teacher recommendation.) Children attend class three hours per day, two to five days a week. Morning class hours are 8:30am to 11:30am at both our Rosemont Garden and Clays Mill campuses. We also offer an afternoon Preschool class from 12:15-3:15 pm at our Clays Mill campus. Parents participate in the child’s classroom from one time a month to one time a week, according to the number of days their child attends and the number of children they have enrolled in the school. Parents also help provide snacks for the children on a rotating basis.
Parents working together with experienced staff provide an adult/child ratio of 1:4 in the Preschool classes. This allows for careful supervision and support for each child’s needs. Parents often arrange to trade child care for siblings during their work days at school. Get registration and cost information ›
Lunch Bunch–Extended Days for Preschool Students
Our Lunch Bunch (extended day) programs are offered from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm on specific days. Our Rosemont Garden campus offers five extended days each week: Mondays-Fridays. Our Clays Mill campus offers the extended day option only on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Each child may bring a lunch and stay to enjoy additional enrichment activities and outdoor play. No parent volunteer time is required for extended days! A child who is not enrolled in the mornings may also have the option to enroll.
LEAP Program (ages 5-7/Grades K-2)
Learning Enrichment through Active Play (LEAP) is an enrichment program for homeschooled students in grades K-2, ages 5-7 on August 1. This enrichment program will provide a place for students to engage in hands on, multi-sensory, play-based learning projects; participate in field trips; explore the outdoors in most all types of weather; and connect with other homeschooling families. Primary education will be completed at home with the family’s desired curriculum.
All LEAP students attend class on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12- 3 pm at Fayette Cooperating Preschool’s Rosemont Garden campus. Students may choose to add Outdoor Adventure day on Wednesday afternoon from 12-3 pm. The LEAP class offers extended days for families who prefer a longer day. Students may register to attend LEAP from 8:30 am-3 pm or 9:30 am-3 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The LEAP class and its extended enrichment opportunities will be led by an experienced teacher. Families will volunteer in the classroom on a rotating basis by assisting the teacher, providing healthy snacks, and helping with the upkeep of the facility. This class will be a drop-off program, but parents may choose to stay, if desired.
In order to enroll, parents must pay a non-refundable registration fee upon acceptance to the class, pay a non-refundable supply fee by May 1, and then pay a deposit equal to 10% of the annual tuition by June 1 (or upon registration if after June 1.) This deposit will be applied to the last month’s tuition. Tuition may be paid annually, semi-annually or monthly. Families who pay monthly will make 10 payments, and these families must participate in an automated tuition payment plan.
Camp Co-Op will offer lots of fun this summer. During our two-week sessions, morning camps will be 2 days per week (MW or TuTh), and afternoon camps will meet 4 days per week (M-Th). Children must be 3+ years old on June 1 and potty trained to attend camp. Camp will meet Monday through Thursday mornings from 9 am to 12 pm or afternoons from 1-4 pm (for ages 3-8) . The cost of camp will be $220 (for all 8 days) or $120 (for 2 days/week or 4 days total). Full day camp will not be an option.
The teachers plan many hands-on activities in art, nature, cooking, music, drama, and literature which can be explored at varying levels by children at different stages of development. Each session has a theme, but there is always time for lots of free play, for reading a book in the shade, or for examining an interesting plant on our wonderful playground.
Camp Co-Op provides an exceptional experience for young children and offers a unique program. Camp Co-Op teachers are experienced at the Fayette Cooperating Preschool. They are sensitive to the needs of young children and are experienced in working with multi-age groups. Camp staff, with adult volunteers, provide an adult/child ratio of 1:4.
Camp Co-op registration opens to the public on March 7 at 7 am on this website. Specific details about camp dates and themes should be posted a week or two prior to March 7.
Parental Work Commitment for Camp
NO Parental volunteer days are required for Camp Co-op. However, parents will receive a $25 discount on camp fees for each day that they volunteer to work in the camp classroom. We may have limited work days available. You may request the opportunity to work. If we have space for you to volunteer, you will be assigned days and notified upon acceptance to the camp. Once your work days have been assigned, you will be responsible to trade or find coverage for those assigned days if you are unable to fulfill your commitments. A calendar of work assignments will be sent via SignUp.com for use in trading work days if needed. If you have limited availability, please let the director know in the comment box at the end of the registration form.
Adult volunteers must have required background checks on file at the school. (Parents who are new to the school and want to volunteer at camp must pay for the required background checks in addition to the camp fees. The minimum fee for background checks is $40.)