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History
Established in 1939, Morris Plains Cooperative Play School (“The Co-op”) is the oldest cooperative preschool in New Jersey. We are a private, non-profit, non-sectarian, state licensed preschool with certified teachers. Since the beginning, we have provided an exceptional environment for children, parents, and teachers to learn and grow together while families participate in their child’s preschool education.

The Morris Plains Cooperative Play School has designed various programs to help the physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth of its students. The school's child-centered philosophy is based on a flexible approach to early education, a positive approach to discipline, and a commitment to parent education.

Mission
The mission of the Morris Plains Cooperative Play School is to conduct a private, non-profit nursery school under professional direction and teaching personnel for children age two and a half to pre-kindergarten, without regard to race, religion or sex. The school is committed to developing physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth of children through developmentally appropriate programs, methods and materials. The outstanding feature of the cooperative school is the active and regular role that parents play in the classrooms and the boardroom. The school’s child-center philosophy is based on a flexible approach to early education, a positive approach to discipline, a commitment to parent education and the belief that children learn best through play.

Value Statements
At the Co-op, we hold a set of values that we strive to uphold each day, including:
  • Ensure a curriculum that is child-centered, with the child as the initiator in the learning process and the teacher as the facilitator.
  • Adhere to a policy of positive discipline.
  • Provide a classroom atmosphere that is nurturing, comfortable and fun.
  • Strive to retain the most qualified and suitable staff, well versed in early childhood education.
  • Maintain the building and grounds so they are safe and well maintained for the well being of our children.
  • Provide quality programs with reasonable tuition.
  • Encourage parental involvement in all facets of its operation.
  • Strive to be a good citizen in the community.
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8 Cleveland Ave. Morris Plains, NJ 07950 Tel: 973-540-1537 info@morrisplainsco-op.org