The North Haledon Co-Op seeks to satisfy both the children's need for guided play and social interaction with the parents' need for an opportunity to be a part of their children's first school experience. Please scroll down this page and see what the Co-Op has to offer your family.
Our school features three large classrooms, each staffed by two engaging, experienced teachers. These classrooms have multiple learning zones serving different purposes. There are tables for crafts, writing, and puzzles; well-stocked play kitchens; open areas for "circle time", dancing, and floor activities. Two rooms feature special reading lofts with children's books.
The school features a 1,885 square foot gymnasium in addition to its classrooms. This large space provides an ideal environment for indoor play as well as enrichment programs and special events hosted by the Co-Op. Our gym is equipped with children's toys and ride-ons, floor mats, balance beams, and much more. Natural light spills in through large windows, as children laugh and play and create lasting memories.
A favorite of many children, our playground is tucked safely behind the building away from the road. There is plenty of room to run and explore. Tall trees create a scenic backdrop while shading our students from the sun when the weather is warm. Arrange an in-person tour and let your child try it out!
The programs at the Co-Op emphasize active exploration, self-direction, problem-solving, and social engagement with teachers and peers. We follow the state-endorsed Creative Curriculum, a hands-on program designed to foster a love of learning in nursery-age students.
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The Co-Op strives to offer families more than just a basic nursery school experience. Typical classroom activities are supplemented with special guests, celebrations, and field trips off-site. We have several special evening events throughout the year, with all family members invited. Close parental involvement with the running of the school ensures that our schedule and offerings are tailored to meet the expectations of our members.
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At a co-operative nursery school, parents play an active role in their child's school experience. The advantages are numerous. Children learn at an early age that their parents value education and want to be involved. Cooperating parents benefit by sharing in their child's learning and by observing their child's growth throughout the year. With a teacher, assistant teacher, and a parent working together in each class, the co-op offers a low child-to-adult ratio, with more one-on-one attention for each child. Parent involvement also helps keep tuition below the cost of other schools.
Parents who choose to assist in their child's classroom (at the further reduced tuition rate) are responsible for doing so about once every four to six weeks. Children often find parent involvement in the classroom helpful in the transition between home and school. Parents also get to know the teachers and other children in the group and can keep in close touch with their child's nursery school experience. Membership and class meetings, along with committee participation, allow parents to help guide the school's development.
Participation at the Co-Op is also a great way to get to know other families in your community. Many strong and lasting friendships are formed at our school, not just among the children, but the moms and dads as well!