What is COOP?COOP stands for Child Oriented Occupational Program. COOP is a work based program for high school juniors and seniors dedicated to establishing a career in early childhood education. High School students that have taken prerequisite coursework in child development and early childhood education are selected to work as teachers in our on campus preschool. During their training, high school students acquire first aid and CPR certification, fingerprint clearance cards and employee training as required by the Arizona Department of Health Services. As a licensed childcare facility, we adhere to all of the licensing standards set forth by Arizona Department of Health Services.
What makes COOP so unique?
We are a one room preschool that limits enrollment to 25 students. We have 3 adult staff with training and credentials in Early Childhood Education that work with our COOP teachers to develop developmentally appropriate lessons aligned to Arizona's Early Learning Standards. We provide hands on learning opportunities throughout the day to foster Kindergarten readiness and a love of learning. Because of the high number of COOP teachers and adult staff working in the preschool, we are able to provide most of our instruction in small groups with ratios as low as one teacher to every 2-3 students.