The Family Cooperative Preschool curriculum offers a range of developmentally appropriate choices that meet the needs and interests of each child. It is specially geared towards fully utilizing the school's surroundings. Traditional indoor activities are frequently relocated to the outdoors, enabling the children to play and learn in the fresh air for a significant amount of time on most days.

Our school is committed to providing a safe, healthy and supportive environment for all students. We are particularly sensitive to food and environmental allergies as well as other health concerns.


We offer a mixed age program for children ages 2.9 to 5 years old, with an approximate adult/child ratio of 1 to 4.

Mixed age groups of children offer valuable experiences for both younger and older children. Each child's learning is guided by individual readiness, ability, and interest. Social competence develops for older children from their roles as mentors and nurturers, and for younger children from the opportunity to observe and model the behavior of older classmates. The learning environment at Family Cooperative Preschool is specially designed to meet the diverse needs of a multi-age group.

Many children attend the Family Cooperative Preschool for two, and in some cases, three years. Our teachers are especially adept at adjusting to the developmental needs and learning style of each child from one year to the next. Appropriate learning activities are offered to support each child's growth throughout his or her time at school. A number of families especially like that two or more of their children can be in the same class at the same time.

Families can choose the AM (8:45 - 11:30) or PM (12:30 - 3:15) session, and attendance of 2, 3, or 4 times per week. The school operates from Monday to Thursday. The school year begins in the second week of September and ends in the first week of June. Family Cooperative Preschool generally follows the North Andover Public School calendar except for the Winter Break in December.


Outdoor Play and Activities

Indoor Play and Activities

Snack Time

Group Time:

  • Yoga and Breathing Activities

  • Songs

  • Stories

  • Creative Movement with Music

Book Sharing


Family Cooperative Preschool offers a curriculum of developmentally appropriate activities. Each activity is carefully chosen by the teachers with the children’s safety being the foremost consideration; this is followed by an assessment in the context of the children's developmental level in order to ensure success.

The following indoor areas / activities are available to explore at different times every day:

  • Big Blocks Area

  • Small Blocks Area

  • Dramatic Play Area (doll corner / doctor’s office / library / store)

  • Listening Area (books with cd's)

  • Puzzles, Games and Math Room

  • Water Table

  • Clay / Playdough Table

  • Writing Table

  • Art / Crafts Table

  • Science Area

The clay, playdough, paint, utensils, scissors and recycled materials present the children with a variety of media to experiment with and to exercise their fine motor skills. Children are encouraged to use their imagination to explore and investigate the indoor areas. They are given ample opportunities to interact with their peers and adults. They also learn to cooperate and take turns in these settings.

Children are exposed to math and science concepts throughout the day as they engage in various activities. Math language and vocabulary are an integral part of the indoor and outdoor experiences. In addition, many facets of the school's environment are designed to build a foundation for learning to read and write.

Children spend a significant amount of time playing and learning outdoors. They exercise their gross motor muscles in a variety of ways, such as: gardening; doing construction projects at the sand box; running through the school yard and playing games; climbing the triangle house and the wooden train; pulling sleds through the snow in the school yard and up the hills; and, using the swings and the slide. Some indoor activities are frequently relocated outside. Utensils and materials for projects are made available at the picnic tables for exploration. Science materials are also used outside to make direct connections with nature and the surrounding environment.


Family Co-op has two summer programs available to our students. The programs are LUNCH BUNCH and YOUNG EXPLORERS. These are outdoor camps, weather permitting. We have fun with sand, water, crafts and "whatever else happens". We eat our snack outside, which is provided by the school. Children bring their lunch, bathing suit and towel to camp and store items in their outdoor cubby areas.

Lunch Bunch

JUNE (TBA) Monday - Thursday

JUNE (TBA) Monday - Thursday

Lunch Bunch is an outdoor program with daily sand and water play. The children bring their lunch with a bathing suit and a towel to camp. Snack is provided by the school. This is available to both AM and PM families.

Young Explorers

JUNE (TBA) & JUNE (TBA) Fridays

Young Explorers is an outdoor program that explores the school and surrounding property with daily hikes. There is sand and water play also. The children bring lunch to eat at school. This is available for both AM and PM students.

HOURS... 10:00 – 1:00PM

STAFF... Jen, Liane and Colleen