preschool

How long has the preschool been in existence and how long has the Director been here?
Mascoma Cooperative Preschool has existed since 1985 and our Director has been on board since 2004.

Are you a religious preschool?
We rent space from the Community Lutheran Church. MCP is not affiliated with the church. We do not teach religion.

Is Mascoma Cooperative Preschool licensed by the State of NH?
Yes, we are licensed through the State of NH Child Care Licensing and hold the Licensing Plus status as well.

What is your tuition?
Thanks to grant funding and generous donations, tuition for the 2019-2020 school year is $95/month for Caterpillars and $160/month for Butterflies.

Scholarships are Still Available for the 2019-2020 School Year; contact us for an application!

Do you offer family discounts?
We offer a 20% discount off tuition for all additional children enrolled after the first child during the same school year. The discount will be taken off the lesser tuition should the children attend different classes. 

How old does my child have to be to attend?
Children must be 3 years old by September 30th for our Caterpillar Class and 4 years old by September 30th for our Butterfly Class.

What does your preschool calendar look like?
MCP follows a similar calendar to the Mascoma School District. We typically begin the day after Labor Day and end on May 31st. We follow the public-school calendar for vacations and holidays.

What are your classroom hours?
Caterpillars attend from 8 am to 11:30 am, Mondays and Wednesdays

Butterflies attend from 8 am to 12 pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

We offer an early drop-off time of 7:45am for a nominal fee ($3)

Is my child required to be toilet trained? 
Yes, children must be toilet trained prior to the first day of attendance. We understand the toilet trained children will occasionally have toileting accidents. By definition “accidents” are unusual incidents that happen infrequently.

Are you a play-based program? 
Yes, the activities at MCP are based around child-centered play. Our environment is also screen-free.

Do you have a playground?
Yes, we play outside every day unless it is raining, or the temperature is below 10 degrees with the wind chill factored in.

What parental involvement is required?
Families are required to provide a snack for the class on a rotating basis. We encourage families to participate in the classroom activities on their assigned snack day. 
Families are also required to participate in fundraising.
Our Board of Directors is comprised of volunteer family members.
Our classroom is thoroughly cleaned bi-weekly by families on a rotating basis to help keep children healthy and germs at bay. (During cold and flu season it is done weekly.)

What is the maximum class size and teacher/student ratio?
12 children for the Caterpillar Class
14 children for the Butterfly Class
We have a qualified early childhood educator leading the class as well as an assistant teacher. A parent helper on a rotating basis is also encouraged to participate in our day.

How do you accommodate food allergies?
At the beginning of the year a healthy snack menu will be provided. This menu is based off any documented food allergies and must be followed. We have a back-up snack supply if needed. If used it must be replaced the following day.

Are field trips offered in your program?
Yes, we schedule several field trips for learning outside of the classroom. 

Is fundraising a part of your program?
Several fundraising events are scheduled throughout the year to off-set the operating budget. Fundraising helps keep our tuition affordable and parents are required to participate.

Can I visit the classroom without an appointment?
An appointment is required as the doors are locked during classroom hours as a safety precaution for the children.