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ICPC is a non-profit organization that helps govern local cooperative preschools and kindergartens.

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Who We Are

The Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives (ICPC) is a non-profit, non-sectarian umbrella organization for 12 member parent cooperative preschools in Indiana. We represent over 500 Indiana families. We are affiliated with Parent Cooperative Preschools International (PCPI). All of our schools offer preschool classes for children ages 2-5 and four of our schools also offer kindergarten classes. 

Our Mission

ICPC serves member parent cooperative schools in Indiana and offers these services:

We demonstrate excellence in teaching young children and educating parents in the classroom.

We champion the needs of young children and their parents in the community.

We support parent cooperatives—their children, parents, teachers and officers—by providing a medium of exchange and mutual assistance.

We establish, maintain and promote standards for parent cooperatives.

We help and provide technical support to new parent cooperatives and affiliates

What is a Cooperative Preschool?

A cooperative preschool is a completely parent-run preschool. We hire the teachers, perform a job at the school and participate in the classroom. We believe that only through the shared community of learning between teachers, parents AND children can we help to develop our children in a more wholesome way.

Our curriculum is based on a developmentally appropriate “learning through play” philosophy which focuses on the whole child including academics, social skills and physical skills (to name a few…). We hope that through sharing in the cooperative community your whole family will gain knowledge and a shared sense of accomplishment.

Why Cooperative?

What are the Benefits?

Benefits For Parents:
Parents gain insight into child behavior by observing other children. They observe how other parents and the professional teachers handle various situations and gain greater understanding and enjoyment of their own children through active participation in their education. They have the opportunity to share their experiences and expertise with others while working together in a cooperative setting. They have access to ongoing parent education through monthly or bi-monthly parent education meetings. Through serving on the Board, parents learn about administration, running meetings and other skills useful to them in other areas of their lives. They also learn useful ideas for helping their children at home and in the world around them.

Benefits For Children:
Children participate in a supervised play and learning experience with children of their own age. Equipment, materials and physical facilities are scaled to child size. An opportunity is provided to interact with adults other than their own parents. The children are able to find security and a feeling of belonging in a world which is non-threatening and interested in them. Learning to respect and accept the rights and differences of others is emphasized. Children have hands-on experiences in creative arts, music, science, literature, and language geared to their needs and developmental level.

Benefits For the Community:
Parents and children develop an extended family with friendships they carry through their lives. Parents gain a strong sense of responsibility and develop positive self-worth which carries over into every aspect of community life. The cooperative organization provides preschool experiences within the financial means of most families.

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Events

3/7/2020

Parent Palooza and Silent Auction

10am - 1pm

Ivy Tech Lawrence Auditorium

Event Details

3/7/2020

Parent Palooza and Silent Auction

The Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives is excited to present One Child: Recognizing Early Signs of Mental Illness in Young Children, ...

Event Details

10am - 1pm

Ivy Tech Lawrence Auditorium

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If you have questions about the opportunities available to you in our programs, feel free to send us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives

P.O. Box 47185, Indianapolis, Indiana 46247, United States

317-912-ICPC (4272)

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