What is a Co-op Preschool?
Atascadero Cooperative Preschool is a unique, family-centered learning environment with a community of trusted adults working together for the education of each child. Founded in 1963 by a group of parents who wanted to actively participate in their children’s education and development, today the school continues to operate by the parents of the children enrolled alongside the teacher/director. The parents assist the professional teacher in the classroom on a rotating basis and participate in classroom activities. Parent help is an integral and wonderful part of the school program and ACP is a product of all who share in it. Each family shares in the operation of the school, thus making it truly a cooperative venture.
Participation at Atascadero Cooperative Preschool is a wonderful opportunity to be intimately involved in your child’s education and to become a part of an amazing community of families!
Tracy received her B.A. degree in 1998 in Early Childhood Education. She holds a Parent Education Teaching Credential and is a member of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). She has worked in the early childhood education field for over 15 years as a preschool teacher, parent education teacher and child development consultant. Tracy is also a mother and volunteered as a working parent for four years in a cooperative preschool and elementary school.
Tracy sees each child as unique, with individual interests, learning styles and rates of development. She then plans experiences and activities to meet the varying developmental needs of children with diverse opportunities for social, emotional, cognitive, language and motor growth. She inspires children to learn through curiosity, imagination and creativity within a play-centered, hands-on learning environment in art, pretend play, movement/dance, science, music, drama, cooking, literature and outdoor play. She creates a secure, non-critical environment where children feel accepted and valued and where they will be challenged by new skills so they will enjoy school. Tracy encourages parents to connect with and become part of a supportive community where they can gain confidence in parenting, learn more about child growth and development and become active participants in the education of their child.
Outside of school, Tracy enjoys spending time with her two children. She also loves reading, animals/nature, outdoor recreation, cultural arts and volunteering at her church.
President – Laura Scolari
Vice President – Jennifer Black
Secretary – TBD
Treasurer – Vic Oquendo
Purchaser – TBD
Fundraising Chairperson – Shannon Hertan
Maintenance Supervisor – TBD