A parent's cooperative preschool, est. 1933.



MCPC offers 3 program areas



As a parent cooperative, parents and children grow and develop together in our two-year program. We provide morning, play-based classes, and require parent involvement at the school one day per week. 

toddler playtime program

Our Toddler Playtime program provides experiential classes for young children and their parent or caregiver, and are the perfect introduction to a preschool environment.

Summer camps

MCPC provides summer programs from mid-June through July. Turtle Camp is for children ages 2¾ to 3¾ years old (primarily incoming preschoolers), and the Preschool Summer Program is for children ages 3½ to 5½ years old.



Our curriculum at MCPC emphasizes play and hands-on experience. The curriculum revolves around a monthly theme, with planned daily activities that build upon the theme. Activities include:

  • Child-centered art projects, easel painting and play dough

  • Children's cooking and food-preparation projects from many different cultures

  • Outdoor play, such as climbing, digging, running and ball games

  • Science and nature projects, including gardening and animals to observe

  • Reading books in our library area

  • Musical activities and instruments

  • Pretend play

  • Movement and dance

  • Sand, water table and seed table play

  • Building toys and manipulatives, such as puzzles, blocks, and trains

  • Carpentry projects

  • Guest visitors and field trips

Inclusive by Design

Inclusivity is integral to our curriculum. Our school community changes each year as we welcome new families with different backgrounds, places of origin, family structures, and interests. These differences provide an opportunity for integration of diversity and inclusion into everything we do and in particular are mindful of different races, abilities, religions, gender, social class, and family structures. We have designed our programs to help our students develop the skills necessary to identify and counter the hurtful impact of social bias. Some of the ways we incorporate this into our curriculum include:

  • Comparing and celebrating same and different

  • “I Am Special” self-portraits exploring skin color & body color

  • Multi-cultural month with parent and family speakers

  • Holiday celebrations that highlight the many different ways we celebrate

  • A diverse library highlighting many different backgrounds and social justice themes

  • Spanish integrated into the morning and an optional Spanish Immersion program


Through these types of play, our programs develop and satisfy a child's natural desire to learn, so they may gain:

  • Social skills

  • Self-reliance

  • Conflict resolution skills

  • Cooperation

  • Emotional regulation

  • Impulse control

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Readiness for formal learning

  • Respect for others and the environment


Daily Schedule

9:00am Children arrive at school.
Free choice of play activities, indoors and outdoors. Children prepare and eat snack at their leisure with adult assistance.

11:00am Circle time.
Children sing songs, act out stories from the morning, learn fingerplays, and talk. We also celebrate birthdays and host a variety of guests at this time.

11:15am Balloon Groups
Combined-age children break into small groups and focus on movement & dance, gross motor activities, or hands-on discovery (science projects).

11:30am Children continue outside play.

11:45am Closing circles.
Age-divided circles in which children discuss important events or issues that came up during the day, hear a story, and then say good-bye with a song.

12:00pm School ends for most children.
Children are picked up by parent, guardian or designated caregiver. Lunch for working parents’ children and children staying for extended day or Spanish immersion program.

Optional Extended Day
T/Th, 12-3pm
M/W, 12-2:30pm (Owls only)

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spanish immersion

This curriculum-based program conducted entirely in Spanish provides older students (Owls) with a lifelong love and appreciation for different languages.


extended day

Extended day is open to children of all ages. The program includes calm spaces for self-directed rest, free play, art projects, and a snack.


Toddler Playtime


Toddlers aged 18–36 months and parents enjoy play and beginning socialization together. Let MCPC help you and your child adjust to social settings in a safe and friendly environment. Each 90-minute class includes creative (messy!) art projects, large and small motor activities, music, and snack time. One-to-one parent or caregiver participation is required. Each family brings a snack to share once during the session and assists with clean-up after every class. 

TO REGISTER for the MCPC Toddler Playtime program classes, see current enrollment costs and openings, add yourself to the current waitlist, or for more information and FAQ, please visit ssreg.com/mcpc 

the details

This program is designed for children ages 18–36 months.

Each class meets once per week for 90 minutes. An additional 15 minutes is set aside after class for basic clean-up time among all parents.

There are 6 to 15 weeks per session, depending on session and on holidays. Make-up classes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The school is closed during the month of August.

If you would like to be placed on the mailing list for the next Toddler Playtime enrollment, have any questions, or to schedule a visit, please contact toddlers@mcpckids.org

Class Dates & Times

Fall 2019 Session

(9/9–12/16) 3:30–5:15pm 

(9/10–12/17) 3:30–5:15pm 

(9/11–12/18) 3:30–5:15pm 

(9/12–12/19) 3:30–5:15pm 

(9/14–12/21) 9:30–11:15 am

Summer Camps

Preschool Summer Camp enrollment opens mid-April. Turtle Camp enrollment becomes available to non-MCPC children in mid-May. One parent per family is asked to spend one day during their summer session assisting our summer program teachers as a working parent.


preschool camp

MCPC operates as a parent cooperative during the school year, but opens its doors to the children of the community for its annual Summer Camp. A maximum of 25 children, ages 3½ to 5½ years, may enroll in each session. Priority is given to current preschoolers until April 16th, and previous outside care experience is required.

Both sessions are three-week programs that meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9am–12:30pm. 

Optional extended days are offered Monday and Friday 12:30–3pm, sold as a package for each three week session. 

Optional Spanish Immersion is offered on Wednesdays from 12:30–3pm, sold as a 6-week package covering both sessions. This option is only available to currently enrolled MCPC families.

turtle camp

This is a great opportunity for your child to make the transition to a “drop off” program. Each parent will volunteer to work and bring snack one day during the session to help keep a very low student to teacher ratio.

A maximum of 12 children, ages 2¾ to 3¾ years, may enroll. Your child must turn three by September 1 of this year in order to be eligible for the Turtle Summer Camp. Priority is given to incoming preschoolers until May 1.

Turtle Camp will be taught by Jolie McRae, Jamie Barret Riley and Nick Ventresco.