Mission & Philosophy

Since 1961, Shoreline Cooperative Preschool has served as a community and family-oriented organization that provides educational resources for parents and children to learn and play together.

At Shoreline Cooperative Preschool, we believe in the following philosophy:

  1. We notice and respect children’s individual styles of approaching new people and new experiences.
  2. We give children many choices in determining their own activity, since making choices on their own builds self awareness and helps them establish sound judgment.
  3. Children engage in those activities from which they are learning the most and they should be encouraged to follow those interests. Adults help best when we support and encourage but do not dominate.
  4. Playing pretend is a vital activity. Young children’s fantasies and imaginings are their most developed ways of representing their lives and feelings. We notice and learn from this kind of play, and even encourage.
  5. Young children learn with their whole bodies. Getting messy with finger paints is just as important as playing dress up or running and tumbling.
  6. We view discipline as another form of teaching. We find positive methods to teach children what it means to live and play with others.
  7. Children gain the security that extends beyond the school itself. A community is built when the parents share their talents, knowledge, and time with the school.
  8. Parents gain mutual support from each other through caring for the children and sharing responsibilities and concerns.