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Watchung Cooperative Preschool

​A community learning through play:

connecting parents, teachers & children


Welcome to Watchung Cooperative Preschool, a nonprofit community learning through play, connecting parents, teachers and children since 1967. Our hands-on, play-based educational programs provide a nurturing environment for children 2 1/2 - 5 years old. Our philosophy emphasizes the social and emotional well-being of our students and fosters their love of learning while nurturing each child's individual learning style.

Preschool is one of the first decisions you will make that influences the educational, social and personal priorities you set for your child. School signifies your child's first big step away from home. It becomes their launch pad for learning, developing and connecting socially with the world around them. It is a precious time. It is a fleeting moment. You want to be a part of it.

At the Watchung Co-op, we understand the need to be involved in your child's first preschool experience - and we make it a reality.​

Welcome to

Our Co-Op

Let's talk about: Play

When children play, they develop cognitive, social, and emotional skills. They also build physical competence through movement.  When play is fun and child-directed, children are motivated and engaged.

In the class-room, teachers facilitate and involve the children but don’t direct them. Adults role-model positive attitudes, orchestrate the environment, observe, listen, help the students articulate what they see, and help them recognize concepts and form hypotheses. Adults guide but play is the work of the children. 

Play is both an efficient and effective tool for learning, one which we at Watching Cooperative use so our students learn with joy.

​​​​Help us get the word out!

Tours for interested families are available. NOTE: DPK (age 3-5) and Creative Play (age 2.5) has some limited availability.

Scheduled tours take place the 1st Thursday of every month at 9:15am. Private tours by appointment.

Please Contact the VP-Enrollment for more information or to take a tour. Registration Forms are available from this website.

Upcoming Open House Dates: December 7, 2019 and January 4, 2020 (9am - 10:30am) 

Support the Co-op through at tax-deductible donation.

​News​​ & Events

Welcome all new and returning co-op families to the new school year!  It's going to be a great one!

11/1 - Third Tuition Payment Due
11/7 & 11/8 - School Closed for NJEA Convention
11/13 - Board Meeting (6:45 Exec/7:30 Full Board)

11/16 - Clean Up Weekend #2
11/22 - Creative Parent Teacher Conferences 
11/27 - DPK Fall Fiesta/Creative Thanksgiving Feast
11/27 - Early Dismissal 12:00-No Lunch-No PM Class
11/28 & 11/29 - School Closed for Thanksgiving
12/6 - Early Dismissal 12:00-No Lunch-No PM Class
12/7 - Open House for Prospective Families 9-10:30 
12/7 - Holiday Party (11:30 AM)  Location TBD
12/11 - Board Meeting (6:45 Exec/7:30 Full Board)
12/20 - Winter Solstice – DPK
12/23-12/31 - School Closed for Winter Break

 Contact Us

    24 N. Fullerton Avenue

    Montclair, NJ 07042

​    +1.973.783.4535


 Tours are offered the first Thursday of the month and by       appointment. If you would like a tour and are interested in becoming   part of Watchung Cooperative, please contact VP-Enrollment.  For   more information, contact us at 973-783-4535 or send us a message.