In 1915, faculty wives at the University of Chicago founded the first parent participation nursery school. During the 1930′s parent cooperatives grew rapidly in California. Cooperative preschools came to Indiana in the 1950′s, when Katharine Whiteside Taylor conducted a workshop at Butler University on cooperative nursery schools. Interested parents took additional classes and started 4 cooperative preschools, Glendale, Eastgate, Northeast, and Castleton Kindergarten. In 1959, these schools joined together to form the Indianapolis Council of Preschool Cooperatives to buy items in bulk and share ideas about parent education and fundraising. This group helped other new cooperatives get organized and established, raising the number of Indiana cooperative preschools to 27 in the 1980′s!
In 1998, the organization changed its name to the Indiana (instead of Indianapolis) Council of Preschool Cooperatives in order to offer their resources to a broader base of cooperative preschools. The focus of the organization has changed from starting-up new schools to supporting existing ones.
We would love to see the number of cooperative preschools growing again, so please let us know if you would like assistance starting a school in your area!
Becoming a full member of ICPC has several benefits including:
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.
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