Your child must must be at least 2 years and 9 months old by September 1st to attend Family Cooperative Preschool at the start of the year.

  • Children ages 2.9 - 2.11 by August 31 (3 years old by December 31) can attend 2 days.

  • Children ages 3.0 - 3.11 can attend 2 or 3 days.

  • Children ages 4.0 and older can attend 2, 3 or 4 days

Family Cooperative Preschool asks that each prospective family schedule a visit during school hours and/or attend one of our Open Houses. You and your child can see the school and the current preschoolers in action. Parents and teachers are available to answer your questions during your visit.

Please call 978-682-4012 to schedule a visit. An Application Form will be available for you on the day of your visit. You can return your application with the application fee before our deadline of January 12. We will hold our enrollment lottery that week and inform you immediately about your status as either enrolled or on our waiting list. Parents who have missed the application deadline are encouraged to apply year-round in the event of openings.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students

Family Cooperative Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, marital status, national or ethnic origin, or religion in its educational or admission policies, financial aid, or any other school-administered programs.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is set annually by the Board of Directors. For the 2020-2021 school year, annual tuition is:

  • $2,850 for the two day program

  • $3,650 for the three day program

  • $4,350 for the four day program

A $150.00 non-refundable deposit is due on February 1st. This reserves your child's spot in the school. It is applied to the total tuition payment.

Each family must pay one tuition installment by May 15th. This payment is non-refundable.

Payment Schedules

There are three payment options available for the balance of the school year:

  • One payment for the rest of your annual tuition, due September 1st.

  • Two payments, due by September 1st and January 1st.

  • Nine installment payments, due by the first of each month September through May 1st.


Family Cooperative Preschool uses a lottery style drawing to determine acceptance into either the morning or afternoon session or waiting list status. To achieve a balanced class and meet the needs of the students, the final configuration of each session is at the discretion of the Director. Priority is given to families previously associated with the school. Applications are encouraged year round.

Withdrawals after September 1st are subject to the current month’s tuition in full. The initial $150 deposit or the first month’s tuition are non-refundable. No refunds or deductions are allowed for illness or other absences during the school year.

Family Cooperative Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, marital status, national or ethnic origin, or religion in its educational or admission policies, financial aid, or any other school-administered programs.

Toilet training is not an eligibility requirement for enrollment.

Families are expected to fulfill their co-oping duties, attend one of the three clean-up parties, support fundraising efforts and join a committee on the Parent Executive Board.

Financial Aid

Family Cooperative Preschool provides short and long-term tuition assistance, based upon need. Financial Aid applications are included in the enrollment mailing. Additional copies can be obtained by contacting the school at 978-682-4012.

Financial Aid at Family Cooperative Preschool: Questions and Answers

Why is Offering Financial Aid a Core Value of Family Cooperative Preschool?

The group of parents who founded our school in 1952 and Mrs. Mary Charles, a prominent North Andover resident and benefactress to the school throughout her life, believed strongly that the school be open and available to the entire community. One of the ways we try to honor that legacy is to offer financial aid to help defray the cost of tuition. The fund we maintain for financial aid is named for Mrs. Mary Charles, and we are proud to be one of the very few preschools we know of to offer financial aid. At present the total annual amount available for distribution is the equivalent of two four-day tuitions.

Who Are the People Involved in Making Financial Aid Decisions?

The Financial Aid Committee is made up of three volunteer members who are not currently associated in any way with Family Cooperative Preschool, other than that they care deeply about the school. They might have had children who attended several years ago, but that is not a prerequisite. The Family Co-op Board of Directors is responsible for nominating and approving members of the Financial Aid Committee. One member of the Board of Directors serves as Liaison to the Committee. That Board member is the contact person for parents who have questions or concerns about financial aid and for the Family Co-op Assistant Treasurer if there are questions regarding tuition payments. The names of families who are receiving financial aid are known only to the Financial Aid Committee, the Board Liaison and the Assistant Treasurer.

What is the Timeline?

Applications for financial aid are included in the enrollment acceptance packet mailed out in mid January. The application must be filled out and mailed to the Board Liaison by February 1. The Financial Aid Committee meets in February to discuss and decide upon the distribution of funds. Recipients are notified by March 1.

How Much Money is Available to each Applicant?

The goal of the Financial Aid Committee is to grant money to help defray the cost of tuition to families who, due to financial circumstances, would not otherwise be able to attend Family Co-op. It is expected that families will contribute some of the tuition on a monthly basis; thus, in almost all cases, partial rather than full financial aid is awarded.

How Does the Financial Aid Committee Work?

The Financial Aid Committee meets after receiving all the applications from the Board Liaison. Each application is reviewed and references are contacted. There is no preference necessarily given to siblings of former recipients, current students who already receive aid, families with multiple students, or the role a parent might have fulfilled at the school. In other words, each application is reviewed based on the financial need represented in the application. There is no guarantee that every applicant will receive financial aid or that they will receive the amount requested. The Committee does the best it can with the total amount allocated.

What if I Don't Receive the Amount I Need to Enroll?

We realize that the first non-refundable deposit toward tuition is due before you are notified of the amount of financial aid you will receive. If you are unable to enroll your child at the school because you received less financial aid than expected, that initial deposit will be refunded to you. In such circumstances please contact the Board Liaison for a refund.

What Happens if My Child is Accepted After the February 1 Deadline?

Most of the allocated amount of financial aid is distributed when the Committee meets in February. However, your financial aid application will be reviewed regardless of when you submit it.

What if I Have a Financial Emergency After School Starts?

Emergency financial aid may be requested at any time during the school year using the same application process. If a parent has the need for financial aid during the school year, she/he can request an application from a teacher or the Assistant Treasurer.

If you have any questions about the Mary Charles Financial Aid Program at Family Cooperative Preschool, please feel free to contact Cathy Bakkensen, Board Liaison, cbakkensen@aol.com

Revised: Jan 2013