Welcome to Learning Tree Cooperative Preschool!
Thank you for your interest in our program—we’re delighted to have your child join us for a year full of new and exciting preschool experiences! Learning Tree Cooperative Preschool provides an enriching early childhood program for children from ages 2-5 under the direction of highly qualified teachers, aides and assistance by cooperating parents. We are a non-profit organization, licensed by the State of Michigan and are proud to be 4 STAR rated with the Michigan Great Start To Quality Program. We are a member of the Midland County Great Start Collaborative and have been a partner with them in providing an enriching preschool experience to many qualifying students over the past several years.
Our caring staff are all certified in First Aid and CPR and log more than the required number of professional development hours annually for licensing. They are dedicated to provide a loving and caring environment for children where they feel safe, secure and ready to play and learn.
During the school year, children will experience the fun and enjoyment of learning in all curriculum areas using the Creative Curriculum program and ongoing opportunities with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Literacy activities, puzzles, games, music and movement and outdoor play also enrich our day! Both individual and group opportunities help the children to grow socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually and also help them develop positive social skills such as cooperation, problem solving, negotiating, self-control and coping skills with their peers. Staying for lunch is a highlight of their day and helps prepare them for the all-day kindergarten program.
We look forward to getting to know your family and growing with your child over the next year!
Stephanie Gessford Toshia Albright
Lead Teacher/Licensing Director President, Parent Board
The Importance of Parents at Learning Tree Cooperative Preschool
Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a preschool? Dedicated parents are crucial to making our preschool successful!
Our preschool is a non-profit, parent run organization, licensed by the State of Michigan. First United Methodist Church graciously allows the use of the facilities, but the operation of the preschool is solely the responsibility of the parents, teachers, and part-time director, thus making it a cooperative preschool.
Tuition schedules are set to cover the salaries of the teachers, aides, and part-time director, who are the only paid employees of the preschool. With little administrative and no maintenance staff, activities such as cleaning and repairs depend on the volunteer efforts of parents.
The preschool board is staffed by 4 officers (President, Administrator, Treasurer, and Secretary) and 4 committee chairs (Publicity, Ways and Means, Communications, and Events Coordinator). This volunteer group of parents is responsible for making all budget and policy decisions regarding the preschool. The teachers serve as non-voting advisors.
Under each of the committee chairs lay a number of specific job responsibilities that are necessary in order to keep the school running smoothly. The jobs include everything from health and licensing responsibilities, to fundraising, supply, and program coordination.
So, as you can see, we need the support of each and every one of you. Whether you have volunteered to be a board member or to make playdoh each week, your role is critical to the successful operation of the school. Thank you for your commitment to the school and your child!
Class Schedule & Offerings
Two’s and You Students: There is a non-refundable registration fee of $10 required to process your application.
Early Learners & Pre-Kindergarten Students: There is a non-refundable registration fee of $100 required to process your application. Once you are enrolled, $50 will be credited to your first tuition bill after enrollment.
Two’s & You Class
Monday, 9:30-11:00. Child must be 2 years old before the start of class. You may start throughout the school year and tuition will be prorated.
Early Learners (formerly 3’s/Young 4’s) Class
Monday and Wednesday, 9:00-12:30 (with a lunch brought from home). Child must be potty trained and must be 3 by Sept. 1, 2019 to align with State requirements.
Early Learners (formerly 3’s/Young 4’s) Class
Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00-12:30 (with a lunch brought from home). Child must be potty trained and must be 3 by Sept. 1, 2019 to align with State requirements.
*** Do not select this class option without first confirming a Tuesday/Thursday class will be offered. This class offering is dependent on filling the Monday/Wednesday class first.
Pre-Kindergarten (formerly Older 4’s/Young 5’s) Class
Monday through Thursday, 9:00-12:30 (with a lunch brought from home). Child must be potty trained and must be 4 by Sept. 1, 2019 to align with State requirements.
Class Total Cost Payment Options
Two's and You $140 $140 per semester (or $10/session, includes snack)
Early Learners $1410 6 payments of $235
Pre-Kindergarten $2820 6 payments of $470
Scholarship applications are available online. Please contact Toshia Albright at 989-835-6797 with any questions. Scholarships are confidential and are only discussed with the Licensing Director or Board President.