What is COOP?
COOP stands for Child Oriented Occupational Program. Our program is a non-profit laboratory program, in which High School students who are enrolled in Early Childhood Professions, or Future Teachers, participate in work based learning as a program completion requirement. Students and staff who work in the COOP are always supervised by adult staff, and have fingerprint clearance cards (FBI background checks), are First Aid and CPR certified and have food handlers cards.
Are you licensed?
Yes! we are a licensed and regulated preschool program with the Department of Child Care Licensing, Arizona Department of Health.
What age do children have to be to be in COOP?
Children must be 4 by September 1st, and completely potty trained.
How many kids and adults are in the program?
Our program serves 22 children, and employs a morning Coordinator (adult teacher), an afternoon Coordinator, two paid after school student assistants and a Director. We generally have 10-15 High School teachers per semester, and the ratios average 1 teacher per every 5 children.
What Curriculum is being used?
The COOP curriculum is student created, and aligns to Arizona Early Learning Standards for Kindergarten Preparation. Curriculum is designed to help balance the children's development physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
How much does COOP cost?
Currently, COOP is $25 a day. Lunch and two snacks are provided; we do not serve breakfast, but you are welcome to bring something for your child in the mornings.
Does COOP have a part time program?
We are only a full time program. You may choose to bring your child as it fits your schedule, however tuition is not discounted.
Do you offer any discounts?
Our tuition is much lower than most preschool programs, so no discounts or scholarships are available.
Can I use tax credits as part of my tuition?
Unfortunately, no. Even though we are part of the school, we are unable to accept tax credits as tuition at this time.
What hours are you open?
We are open from 6:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. We have structured lessons between 7:20 a.m. and 2:20 p.m., so the children can arrive and depart anytime, without missing important instruction. We follow the Peoria Unified calendar, but start COOP two weeks after the high schoolers start (for training) and also a week after the new semester in January (again, for training).
Can I tour the center before registering?
Of course! When registration begins, if your child is on our list we will invite you in to tour the center and pick up the registration packet. Tours are only available by appointment, as the Director teachers Early Childhood courses during the school day, and our Coordinators are focused on supervising the children and COOP teachers. We want to make sure we have time to answer all of your questions!