Coop Nursery School of Champaign - Urbana

Preschool in Urbana, IL 61801

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602 W Green St
Urbana, IL 61801
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Cooperative Nursery School of Champaign-Urbana (Co-op) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian preschool that is owned, maintained, and administered by the parents of the children enrolled in the school. Its uniqueness lies in the coordination of efforts between the trained, professional teachers and the parents who assist in the classroom.

Cooperative Nursery School of Champaign-Urbana is one of the oldest licensed preschools in our area. It was organized in 1946 when Dr. Katherine Whiteside Taylor, nationally prominent specialist in child guidance and parent education, joined the staff of the University YMCA to assist with a special program for veteran’s families. Nursery school classes and a training course for parents were organized. From this beginning grew today’s Co-op.

Child Ages:
3 weeks - 5 years
Children per Teacher:
Infant: -/-, Toddler: 14/3, Pre k: 16/3, Afterschool: -/-
Hours of Operation:
09:00 - 12:00

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Emotional and social development
A preschool program helps children learn about themselves, both as individuals and as members of a group. If children are to grow into fully functioning adults, they need to have confidence in their abilities to master new challenges and to understand their social and physical environment. Co-op fosters such confidence-building by encouraging children to:
experience a variety of materials
assert their own ideas and thoughts
do things on their own
make choices and decisions that are accepted by adults
recognize their own feelings and develop appropriate means of expressing them
recognize and accept the feelings of others
develop strategies for resolving conflicts with others,
including modifying their own behavior in order to work within a group
share responsibility for the care of materials and equipment
Physical, aesthetic and cognitive development
A preschool program should encourage children to exercise their curiosity, to explore and learn about their world, and to organize their knowledge. This process lays the necessary foundation for the development of general intellectual capacities. Co-op accomplishes this by helping children:
control bodily movements through the use of a variety of media
(musical instruments, dramatic play, large physical equipment, etc.)
learn physical limitations in a safe environment
develop an interest in everyday events
do thoughtful planning – set goals, think, work, follow through
discuss information and draw conclusions; understand the consequences of events
increase understanding of number and shape concepts
develop aesthetic appreciation – awareness of color, line, form, rhythm and sound
articulate problems and work out solutions


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