Centreville Preschool is proud to be Centreville’s only non-profit, cooperative preschool. As a member of the Virginia Cooperative Preschool Council, CPI has been owned and operated by parents, and staffed by professional teachers, since 1969.

What is a Cooperative Preschool?

In a cooperative preschool like CPI, there is a trained teacher (or teachers) for each class, but parents take turns helping out in the classroom on a rotating basis, usually once a month or every five or six weeks. They are also asked to bring in snacks and drinks. Parental jobs may include:

  • Running a craft
  • Handing out snack
  • Helping to clean up
  • General supervision
  • Assisting the teacher in demonstrating a lesson

In addition, cooperative parents are required to serve on a school committee and assist with one school improvement project during the academic year.

I want to be a part of my child’s classroom learning experience, but I am also a working parent. What can I do?

At Centreville Preschool, we understand the importance of having a work/family balance, and our flexible staff will work with you to ensure both you and your child have the best experience possible! There are numerous school events and class get-togethers throughout the year, which will give you the opportunity to meet other families within our community. In addition, there are a variety of class options to fit your specific needs:

  • Cooperative: 3’s and 4’s
  • Non-Cooperative: Beginners and all weekly enrichment classes
  • Semi-Cooperative: Pre-K

If you want your child to have a co-op experience but know you won’t be able to volunteer regularly, you can participate in our Buy-Out program. This enables you to register a child in a cooperative class at a noncooperative cost without the corresponding parent responsibilities.

While most schools welcome parental involvement of some sort, in a cooperative preschool like CPI, parents are given the unique opportunity to join a network of supportive families, work closely with the teachers, and participate in their child’s learning experiences. Our parent-members help to shape the future of CPI, and work to ensure that their children receive the best possible preschool education.

Opening in January 2023! Register now to secure your spot!