What does “cooperative” mean?

The Preschool largely runs on the power of the families enrolled. Each child enrolled in The Ashland Community Preschool must be associated with a “working parent.” This person could be a mother, father, grandparent, nanny – anyone associated with that child can be the working parent. A child could have more than one working parent. But each working parent is required to fulfill certain requirements of the cooperative including, but not limited to, training hours, CPR certification, TB testing, and background checks. The working parent works at the school between one and three times a month – averaging 12 times a year. The responsibilities that each family undertakes are necessary to make the school run. We all work at it and we all make it the best school for our children.

Is your school affiliated with a religion?

The Ashland Community Preschool is not affiliated with any religion. Ashland Community Preschool admits students of any race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin in administration of the educational policies, admissions policies, and other school administered programs.

How long has ACP existed?

The Ashland Community Preschool started in the early 1970s as a playgroup where families took turns watching the children, much like a “Mom’s Day Out” program. Today we are a state licensed, organized, Montessori based preschool.

Who provides snacks and lunches?

The Ashland Community Preschool provides a healthy snack and drink for the children every day. Families are responsible for sending a nutritious lunch and drink with their child.

How are food allergies addressed?

When your child enrolls at our school, you will complete a form to describe the specifics of any allergies and what actions need to be taken in the event of an exposure. We work with parents of an allergy-prone child individually to come up with an individual plan for the school year. The plan will change from year to year to meet the specific needs of our students. Because each child brings his or her own lunch to school, our first line of defense is to encourage our students to refrain from sharing foods with their friends. Should an allergy be more severe, we might create a lunch table where that food is not permitted, or even disallow certain foods from entering the school. Our snack schedule takes into account any food allergies that parents have noted, and posting our snack schedule in advance allows the parent of an allergy prone child the opportunity to send in an alternate snack for their own child if they prefer. In addition, our Directress, Mrs. Estes, is certified to administer provided medications provided by the parent or an epi-pen in the event that it is necessary.

What is a typical day at ACP?

9:00 am                   Arrival

9:00 – 9:15              Start Up Activity (Morning Work)

9:15 – 9:30              Morning Circle Time

9:30 – 10:55            Montessori Work Time:  Children move about the classroom freely, choosing what they would like to do. They can choose from many Montessori works, the sensory table, the art table, easels, and snack (which is available to each child once each morning).

11:00 – 11:20            Music & Movement

11:20 – 11:30            Wash hands/Get Lunch Boxes

11:30 – 12:00           Lunch

12:00 – 12:30           Recess

12:30 – 12:50           Afternoon Circle Time

12:50 – 1:00             Pack Up

1:00 pm                    Dismissal (upstairs)


1:00 – 1:50               Class Work

1:50 – 2:00              Pack Up

2:00                         Dismissal (upstairs)