Cornerstone Cooperative Preschool is a small cooperative school in Denton; our motto is "Where the Parents Make the Difference." Cornerstone, or CCP, was created in 1971 (originally Little Creek Preschool) by a group of parents who wanted a quality preschool for their children at an affordable cost at a time when preschools were far less prevalent.
CCP is play-based and strives to be as child-led as possible, but what makes it most unique is the cooperative nature of the school. Parent volunteers play a significant role at CCP; the majority of the business administrative efforts, in terms of budgeting, marketing, fundraising, maintenance, and membership, are all voluntarily undertaken by parents serving on the Executive Board. Parents are asked to volunteer in the two older classrooms as the teacher's helper 1-2 times per month. Not only is the teacher provided with physical assistance, but parents bring their own interests, talents, and abilities to the classroom. With such a high level of volunteerism amongst parents, combined with service projects the school does for the community, the children gain a foundational appreciation for this kind of service. This format is very unique and hard to find anywhere else in North Texas. As such, CCP currently has families from Denton, Aubrey, Argyle, Corinth, Lewisville, and Lake Dallas.
It is increasingly researched and recognized that the early years of a child's life are the most formative, and set the foundation for their happiness, well-being, and overall success in life. The United Nations considers Play a Human Right to children. Having parents heavily involved in their child's education has clear advantages for the child, but a less talked about side of that same coin is how crucial and formative those early years are for parents. Parents with a solid tight-knit community that can immerse themselves in a healthy, positive, and diverse cultural environment will have more success in their parenting journey. This enables them to provide the best childhood they can for their little ones. By nurturing the children and building this cooperative environment, CCP takes a 360-degree approach to well-being for its families.
After 50 years of operation, our little Preschool was able to purchase the building we had been renting. Simultaneously we experienced a 1st time Pandemic. Our current needs are to continue to overcome the Pandemic's impact on our enrollment and continue to engage our community.