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11211 Preston Rd
Dallas, TX 75230
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Our first priority, always, is to nurture students and families, creating an environment for learning and growth.We create this environment by partnering with families to provide early school experiences that offer opportunities for children:
To use their large muscles vigorously and with increasing control;
To explore small muscle skills;
To experience the environment through all their senses;
To become aware of their own feelings and emotions as natural and acceptable and to learn to express them in constructive ways;
To enjoy the company of other boys and girls;
To see themselves as individuals in relationship to other children and adults;
To grow in independence, self-confidence, and self-control;
To explore books, games, fantasy and role-playing, blocks, water, sand, words, print and number concepts, art media, and music and movement; and
To sharpen their abilities to observe, pay attention, follow directions, and communicate, while nurturing a sense of wonder.

History and Program
In 1969, Northaven Co-operative Preschool was founded by a group of parents interested in an alternative, quality, cooperative preschool. In the Co-op environment, parents take turns assisting the teacher in the classroom, and also operate the Co-op. Northaven Co-operative Preschool is non-sectarian, valuing variety and differences in background among its families, with a deep commitment to the growth and education of children.

A co-operative school endeavors to involve parents in the classroom to the best of their ability and to the children's advantage. In this way, parents and teachers and children may appreciate each other's uniqueness within the group. The Co-op provides channels for communication so that skills of teaching and of parenting may be refined and the support and operation of the school may be accomplished.

In 1986, the Northaven Co-operative Preschool became one of the first preschools in the Dallas area to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).In 2011, we were proud to have met the most recent set of NAEYC standards, thereby earning re-accreditation. This voluntary process involved a comprehensive internal self-study and substantial documentation of administrative and classroom policies and procedures, as well as a multi-day site visit conducted by an external NAEYC professional.In its detailed decision report, NAEYC commended our program's "outstanding efforts" in seeking accreditation. Not only did we pass all required criteria and meet all candidacy requirements, we also earned commendation based on our extraordinary scores.

The curriculum at Northaven Co-op is built upon principles of child development, with the purpose of helping children enjoy and manage the world around them, while preparing them for the academic life of elementary school. We strive to maintain a balanced awareness between social-emotional and intellectual growth, so that each child may establish a basis for feeling good about himself or herself that supports continued growth in skills and learning.As a "Co-op Kid," students at Northaven experience:
Parent involvement as an assistant to the child's teacher on a rotating basis;
A rich environment with abundant space and materials for growing toddlers and preschoolers;
Individualized attention given to the needs and growth of each child;
A language environment that is rich in print, stories, music and movement, art activities, conversation, and social interaction to encourage the skills of speaking and listening, which provide the foundation for meaningful reading and writing;
Exposure to the rich and varied literature written for young children;
A practical approach to mathematics, using "real" experiences for learning numbers and their meaning and application;
Science and social studies as learned from the world around us through classroom experiments, growing things, caring for animals, and many other first-hand experiences, including field trips for older children;
Physical growth enhanced by a well-equipped playground, a large muscle room, and materials and activities designed for developing small muscle skills;
Creative experiences in music, art, movement, drama, and literature, with each child allowed ample time and space to pursue his or her own particular strengths and interests for individual expression;
Emotional growth as children are encouraged to deal with their feelings in open and constructive ways; and
Social growth abundantly stimulated by peer interaction and by the variety of parents naturally present in a co-operative school setting, working directly with the children and sharing their own strengths and interests.