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North Orchard-Delong
Cooperative Preschool

Enrollment is OPEN.  Classes begin September 2017.

What is NOD?

We are North Orchard-Delong Cooperative Preschool, or NOD for short.

What is a cooperative preschool?

A cooperative preschool is a parent/child participation program. Parents enroll in a parent education program at Bates Technical College, and enroll their child in the cooperative preschool of their choice. While parents are enrolled in the program, they earn college credit in a continuing education program. (You do not have to be a college student to enroll your child at NOD!)

Bates-trained cooperative preschool teachers plan an enriched, fun and challenging curriculum for the children. The parents’ job is to help conduct the non-profit business of the preschool and assist in the classroom on a rotational basis as part of the laboratory experience.


We learn in a Reggio inspired classroom

The city Reggio Emilia in Italy is recognized worldwide for its innovative approach to education. Its signature educational philosophy has become known as the Reggio Emilia Approach, one which many preschool programs around the world have adopted.

The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based upon the following set of principles:

The Reggio Emilia approach to teaching young children puts the natural development of children as well as the close relationships that they share with their environment at the center of its philosophy. The foundation of the Reggio Emilia approach lies in its unique view of the child. In this approach, there is a belief that children have rights and should be given opportunities to develop their potential.

“Influenced by this belief, the child is beheld as beautiful, powerful,
competent, creative, curious, and full of potential and ambitious desires.”

The child is also viewed as being an active constructor of knowledge. Rather than being seen as the target of instruction, children are seen as having the active role of an apprentice. This role also extends to that of a researcher. Much of the instruction at Reggio Emilia schools takes place in the form of projects where they have opportunities to explore, observe, hypothesize, question, and discuss to clarify their understanding. Children are also viewed as social beings and a focus is made on the child in relation to other children, the family, the teachers, and the community rather than on each child in isolation.

New Schedule Beginning Fall 2017

2 – 3 year olds: Tuesday & Thursday 9:15 am-11:15 am
3 – 4 year olds: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:15 am-11:45 pm
Pre-K 4 – 5 year olds: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 12:15 pm-3:15 pm 

Tuition & Fees

2s/3s: Tuition $60/ mo.
3s/4s: Tuition $85/mo.
Pre-K: Tuition $95/mo.

One time registration fee

2016-17 Quarterly Bates fees
$27.80 (2 day)
$41.50 (3 day)

Important 2017 dates for current families!

MANDATORY Parent Training Days are spread out between 3 days to accommodate everyone. Parents or guardians who plan on working in the classroom during the school year MUST be trained and learn their expectations in the classroom. Trainings are also mandatory for returning families. It is recommended to leave your child(ren) at home. Please choose ONE date to attend during the following times:
September 12th 6-7pm
September 13th 9:15-10:15 am
September 14th 9:15-10:15 am

First day of class:

September 18th for 3s/4s class 9:15 am-11:45 pm
September 19th for 2s/3s class 9:15 am-11:15 am
September 19th for PreK 12:15 pm-3:15 pm

MANDATORY Parent Orientation September 21st at 7 pm. Only one family member needs to attend and it is recommended to leave your child(ren) at home. Orientation is for you to get to know the school, the executive board and what our expectations are for the year.

For Enrollment or Membership Questions: