​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.​


​News​​ & Events

Come to our open house on Saturday, December 8th from 9am - 10:30am.

Complete Enrollment Forms now. Make sure to bring/send Universal Health Record, Immunization Card and Medication Permission (if needed) to your pediatrician ASAP! 


12/8 Open House for Prospective Families (9am)

12/8 Schoolwide Holiday Party (11:30am - 1pm)

12/12 Exec Board meeting (7pm); Full board meeting (7:30pm)

12/21 DPK Winter Solstice Celebration (9-9:30am)

12/21 Early Dismissal (No lunch/PM class)

12/24 - 1/1 School Closed for Winter Break





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​​​​Help us get the word out!

Tours for families interested in the 2018/19 school year are available. NOTE: DPK (age 3-5) and Creative Play (age 2.5) has limited availability for the 2018-19 school year.


Scheduled tours take place the 1st Tuesday 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.


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

 WANT A TOUR?

   Tours are offered the first Tuesday 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.


Call us today at +1.973-783-4535 to schedule your tour!

Watchung Cooperative Preschool

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.

 Contact Us

    24 N. Fullerton Avenue

    Montclair, NJ 07042

​    +1.973.783.4535

    Director@Watchungco-op.org