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.
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.
Complete Enrollment Forms now. Make sure to bring/send Universal Health Record, Immunization Card and Medication Permission (if needed) to your pediatrician ASAP!
6/18 Summer Camp Begins
7/4 No Summer Camp
7/27 Last Day of Summer Camp
8/22 Board Meeting (Exec 7PM; Full 7:30PM)
9/5 Parent Orientation (REQUIRED) 6:30PM
9/9 Family Ice Cream Social - Edgemont Park 6:30PM
9/11 First Day of School for all classes
9/19 School Closed - Yom Kippur Observance
24 N. Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
Tours are offered the 1st Thursday of every month and by
appointment. If you would like a tour, are interested in becoming a
part of Watching Cooperative, or would like some more information,
contact us at 973-783-4535 or send us a message.
Copyright 2016. Watchung Cooperative Preschool. All rights reserved.
Tours for families interested in the 2018/19 school year are available. NOTE: DPK (3, 4 & 5 year old class) currently only has availability for Monday & Friday mornings or any afternoon. Creative Play (2.5 year olds) has VERY limited availability.
Scheduled tours take place the 1st Thursday of every month. Private tours by appointment.
Support the Co-op through at tax-deductible donation.