Linda Beach Cooperative Preschool offers two play-based preschool programs, one for 3-year-olds (Tues/Thurs) and one for 4-year-olds (Mon/Weds/Fri). Both programs run from 9 AM to 12 PM. Children are expected to be 2 years 9 months (Tues/Thurs) or 3 years 9 months (Mon/Weds/Fri) as of September 1 of the entering school year. Children must also be toilet trained (no pull-ups). Each of the preschool classes has a maximum of 20 students, and there are always 2 teachers and 2 volunteering adults in the classroom.
At Linda Beach Preschool, we encourage play and individual expression within a gently structured day. The daily schedule helps children become used to changing activities as a group, and allows them to slowly learn to concentrate for longer periods of time. Preschoolers develop increased self-awareness as they transition from parallel play to building friendships with their peers, and leave Linda Beach comfortable with the behavioral expectations of the classroom setting.
Below is a sample schedule for the preschool day.
9:00 AM Welcome/free choice activities
9:25 AM Circle time with songs, stories and activity instruction
9:40 AM Free choice and teacher-directed activity
10:30 AM Clean-up, hand-washing, snack
11:00 AM Playground time
11:45 AM Closing circle
12:00 PM Dismissal
Children also participate in various enrichment activities that vary by day, such as Spanish, music, motor development, visits from Sulphur Creek Nature center, Tilden Little Farm explorations, nature walks, and field trips to the Piedmont Fire Station.
Parents/guardians volunteer in the classroom approximately every 3-5 weeks, depending upon the size of the class. Parents/guardians of Mon/Weds/Fri students are also asked to drive for 2 (two) field trips.
Linda Beach families each commit to one or two volunteer jobs during the course of the school year. There are a broad range of potential jobs - the parent handbook provides more details. Families also participate in one school cleaning day per year, and attend monthly parent meetings.
Tuition is paid in 10 monthly installments during the months of September-June. For 2017-18, the Tues/Thurs class tuition is $305 per month, and for the Mon/Weds/Fri class is $365 per month. Limited tuition assistance is available based on financial need.