About Willow Creek

Willow Creek Cooperative Preschool is a non profit preschool located in Westland, Michigan.  We have been serving Westland, Wayne, Canton, Garden City, Livonia, and surrounding communities for over 40 years. The WCCP board and administration is run entirely by parent volunteers.  We are licensed by the State of Michigan and the Department of Social Services.  We are members of the Greater Detroit Preschool Teachers’ Association and we admit students of any race, sex, creed or national origin. We are located in the country setting of, but not affiliated with, Kirk of Our Savior Church.


Our School

21743388_1903300649887390_3930253605243570534_nWillow Creek Co-op was founded in the fall of 1972. We are a cooperative preschool that relies heavily on the parent/teacher relationship. Parent involvement from the beginning creates happy, confident and secure children. Parents are, after all, their child’s first teacher.

We have classes for children ages two through five.  At WCCP, you can expect your child to learn cooperative play, following directions and meeting wonderful friends.  Our preschool offers a variety of materials, including a sensory table, play dough area, art area, reading nook, science, math, writing and other fine and large motor activities.  We have a fenced in playground with plenty of space to run around and play.  The student restroom is located in the classroom.


Why a Co-Op?

Cooperative preschools rely on parent involvement in order to keep tuition low and provide a quality academic environment for our students.

Benefits of Cooperative Preschools:

For the parents

  • 17353074_1823548164529306_7738685694412266479_nParent involvement with children in a hands-on learning environment.
  • Affordable tuition.
  • Sharing special times and memories with your child.
  • A voice in making policies and a vote on decisions.
  • Time to observe your child with other young children in a group setting.
  • A place to make use of your talents.

For the Children

  • DSC07987A safe and nurturing environment.
  • A parent who participates in their child’s education.
  • An atmosphere in which they are encouraged to be curious and creative.
  • A teacher who is always there for them.
  • A place designed and equipped especially for them to try out new activities and ideas.
  • Interaction with other children.

We are licensed by the State of Michigan and are members of the Michigan Non-Profit Association (MNA), and the Greater Detroit Cooperative Nursery Council (GDCNC).

WCCP admits students of any race, gender, religion, or national origin, and provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities.

What is expected of Willow Creek parents?

  • Volunteer in the classroom at least twice per month. For families who are unable to volunteer due to work schedules or health conditions, an opt-out option is available for a higher tuition rate. Please see the Classes & Tuition page for more details.
  • Provide a healthy snack for the class at least twice per month.
  • Attend the August Orientation Meeting and monthly General Membership Meetings during the months of September through May.
  • Participate in a committee (ex: maintenance, fundraising, etc.).
  • Participate in fundraising activities.  Each family has a minimum fundraising goal of $250 per year. If a family wishes to opt-out of participating in regular fundraising activities, they may pay the $250 as a fee by October 15th, or at registration, whichever is later. Fundraisers are determined by the Program Director and Board at the beginning of the school year and may vary from year to year. Note: The opt-out fee for fundraising does not apply to participation on the Fundraising Committee if the family is assigned to that committee for the school year.
  • Pay all required tuition and fees timely throughout the year.

Curriculum 

HighScope

In a HighScope preschool program, teachers ignite children’s interest in learning by creating an environment that encourages them to explore learning materials and interact with adults and peers. We focus on supporting early learners as they make decisions, build academic skills, develop socially and emotionally, and become part of a classroom community.

Active learning as as the center of the HighScope Curriculum. It’s the foundation of young children gaining knowledge through their natural play and interactions with the environment, events, and other people.

Adult-Child Interaction

Teachers and parents act as partners, working alongside children and communicating with them both verbally and non-verbally to encourage learning. Key strategies for adult-child interactions are sharing control with children, communicating as a partner with children, scaffolding children’s play, using encouragement instead of praise, and taking a problem-solving approach to supporting children in resolving conflicts.

Learning Environment

To create a predictable and active learning envionment, teachers arrange and equip the classroom with diverse, open-ended materials that reflect children’s home, culture and language. The room is organized and labeled to promote independence and encourage children to carry out their intentions.

Daily Routine

A consistent framework for the day provides a balanced variety of experiences and learning opportunities. Children engage in both individual and social play, participate in small- and large-group activities, assist with cleanup, socialize during meals, develop self-care skills, and exercise their small and large muscles. The most important segment of the daily routing is the plan-do-review sequence, in which children make decisions about what they will do, carry out their ideas, and reflect upon their activities with adults and other children. These higher-level thinking skills are linked to the development of executive functions, which are needed to be successful in school and life.

Assessment

Ongoing child assessment is also an underlying component of the HighScope Curriculum. Objective anecdotal observations of children collected throughout children’s natural play allow teachers to assess child progress and plan meaningful learning experiences.

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