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5300 South Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60615
P: 773-684-6363
F: 773-684-0142

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Welcome to Parent Co-Op

Come Learn and Play with Us

The Parent Cooperative for Early Learning is a not-for-profit pre-school designed by working parents, for working families. With parents at the helm, our first priority is to create an environment where our children will thrive, become prepared for elementary school, and enjoy school in a safe and nurturing environment. The school is governed by a board of directors comprised of parents, teachers, and the director. A few highlights of our program are listed below.

  • In 2011 we successfully completed our NAEYC re-accreditation.
  • We provide convenient school hours Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., 50 weeks a year.
  • We have experienced, professional classroom teachers, with very low turnover
  • Our small classrooms provide for a great student/teacher ratio
  • We provide a daily hot lunch and morning and afternoon snacks at no additional cost.
  • Children may start before they are potty trained and training is part of the curriculum.
  • Children have active time with an indoor gym and outdoor play area.
  • The school is fully licensed by the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois Department of Children & Family Services.

School Activities

  • Music Together with Marsha: Children love their regular Music Together time with Marsha, an interactive, high-energy introduction to music.
  • Spanish Classes: Starting at age 2, students get weekly Spanish instruction.
  • Swimming Lessons: During summer session kids ages 3 and older enjoy swimming lessons at the local YMCA.
  • Field Trips: With several field trips a year, Chicago is our classroom.

On Being a Parent Cooperative

The Parent Cooperative for Early Learning is a not-for-profit corporation that is collectively owned by our parents, who share the common interests of the care and the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development of our children, as well as the smooth and efficient functioning of the corporation. All parents who enroll their children are members of the corporation. Membership is also extended to the professional staff who are entrusted with the daily responsibility for our children and for the day-to-day management of the corporation.

The Cooperative relies on a high degree of involvement from our parents and strong supportive roles from the staff. Parents participate in activities ranging from Board and committee membership, fundraising, and donation of equipment to laundering sheets, making a classroom presentation, or going on a field trip. The partnership is essential for the organization to carry out its mission.