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!
Amy attended Cuesta College where she took several Early Childhood Education classes. During this time, Amy began working at a local preschool in San Luis Obispo in their Transitional Kindergarten class. This led to a position as an assistant teacher in a 3-4 year old class, as well as running their after school activities program. She also had the opportunity to teach a 3 year old class at a small preschool in the Central Valley prior to enrolling at CSU Monterey Bay, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. She received her Multiple Subject Clear Credential through National University in Fresno, and began working as an early elementary classroom teacher in both the Central Valley and San Luis Obispo County.
In 2012, Amy and her husband were blessed with the birth of their daughter. She has been fortunate enough to be able to stay at home to raise her daughter and she has also had the opportunity to be a working parent at Atascadero Cooperative Preschool. Besides spending as much time as possible with family, Amy loves spending time with friends. She also enjoys spending time at the ocean, as well as the mountains, and she enjoys traveling.
Amy believes all children learn at their own pace. Rather than focusing on a one size fits all approach, lessons, activities and materials are tailored to each child, allowing them to fulfill their individual needs. Learning is a hands-on experience, and play is integral to a child’s developing mind. The educational focus at ACP is on the whole child. This includes the physical, emotional and social, not strictly the academic. Amy creates a secure environment in which each child is given the opportunity to be themselves, while she also supports and guides preschoolers to develop into well-rounded individuals. She inspires children to develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically, while learning to respect one another and build a sense of community. Amy welcomes families to become part of a supportive community in which they grow as parents, continue to learn about child growth and development, and become active participants in the education of their child.
President – Taylor Hallett-Fernando
Vice President – TBD
Secretary – Kristin Weems
Treasurer – Macy Loden
Purchaser – Meagan Branin
Fundraising Chairperson – TBD
Maintenance Supervisor – TBD