Preschool and Pre-K Programs

We are a non-discriminatory school and accept children from all backgrounds.

3s & 4s: Learning Through Play

We believe that children learn best through play. Our students participate daily in different learning activities that adhere to early learning and development standards. By the end of the preschool experience, our students are kindergarten ready. We teach the standards through music, games, hands-on learning, movement and cooperative activities. Being a part of each child’s growth and development is a true gift, and our school embraces the individuality of each student and his/her family.

Pre-K Enrichment Day

Enrichment Day is an add-on program that supplements our traditional 4s class to create a four-day Pre-K program. The extra day in the classroom is more academically focused — but still play-based — with emphasis on things like handwriting and small group learning play to prepare for kindergarten.

Lunch Bunch

In the Lunch Bunch add-on program for students in the 4s program, kids bring a packed lunch and eat with their classmates, which helps the kids develop social skills, make friends, and gain valuable experience eating in a social setting like they will in elementary school. To follow Bay Village City School District’s cafeteria policy in 2021-2022, we will practice 3-foot social distancing during Lunch Bunch, so we will be able to have a maximum of 9 students for this program. (Keep in mind, though, that during the regular school day we will not be practicing social distancing.) Also please note: we are a nut-free school. 

Fall 2021-2022

We have decided to return to our normal class sizes, class schedules and tuition rates for the 2021-2022 school year, including offering add-on programs Pre-K Enrichment Day and Lunch Bunch. We rely on Bay Village City School District’s team of experts to help us navigate the many difficult decisions we’ve faced during the pandemic, so we follow most of their policies regarding safety procedures when possible. We also follow BVCSD’s open/close schedule.

Fall 2022-2023

Safety procedures for next fall will be determined as the school year gets closer, though at this time we plan to proceed with the same procedures as we have implemented for 2021-2022. Our goal is always to keep our students, staff, and families as safe as possible while also allowing the kids to have the most “normal” classroom experience as possible. Class sizes for 2022-2023 will again be capped at 12 for the 3s and 14 for the 4s, according to the licensing regulations determined by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Additional Classroom Experience (included in cost of tuition)

As a cooperative preschool, not only do we embrace cooperation within our preschool community of families, but we also strive to foster strong relationships with our broader community by supporting local organizations who provide specialty instruction. Thursdays are our “specials day,” where students in the 3s and 4s classes are introduced to a variety of different experiences outside of their normal day. By bringing other instructors into the classroom, we are able to open our kiddos’ minds to a wide range of educational opportunities, like music, movement and language each week.

Bringing Music to Life

Miss Tara of Music Therapy Enrichment Center, Inc (MTEC) cultivates a love for music in our students!  She uses music to strengthen communication and coordination skills which are important for daily life. Music sessions are one of the most popular activities for our students as they sing, play instruments, and share with each other, learning valuable skills along the way.

Movement, Fitness & Yoga

Miss Cindy, owner of Bella Sol Fitness, helps our preschoolers move and be mindful. In addition to developing gross motor skills, the children work on their listening skills, following directions, taking turns, sequencing, perseverance, and cooperation.

American Sign Language

New for 2021-2022, we are so excited to welcome Miss Laurel of Youth Challenge to our classrooms to teach monthly ASL lessons. Early language learning is known to enhance memory, increase creativity, and encourage problem solving skills. It also opens a child’s mind to different lifestyles and people.

Parent Involvement

We love when our current and former parents share their skills in or out of the classroom! In the past, that has included everything from water table science lessons, a tour of a member family’s “suburban farm,” and even a class chicken named Olive!

Parents have many opportunities to become involved in their children’s education at The Bay Co-op, from joining the Board to attending classroom parties and events. It is essential to the cooperative nature of our school that parents and families get involved, in whatever way and with whatever level of commitment works best for them.

Daily Schedules

Our daily schedule is balanced between active and quiet times, large group, small group and alone activities, classroom and extended classroom areas, child-selected materials, and teacher-directed activities. Each room has a posted schedule to keep the kids on track and comfortable in their routine.

Class Times for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023

3s Preschool Class

  • Monday – NO CLASS
  • Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday – NO CLASS

4s Preschool Class

  • Monday – NO CLASS
  • Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday – NO CLASS

4s Preschool + Pre-K Enrichment Day + Lunch Bunch

  • Monday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Lunch Bunch Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday – NO CLASS

Quality Counts

Our teachers have developed an integrated play-based curriculum through themes, projects and classroom environment that supports Ohio’s Early Learning Content Standards.