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Unlocking Curiosity



Think. Reason. Question. Experiment. These are just a few of the skills and qualities that children will develop at Sault Cooperative Preschool INC. Since our founding, we’ve focused on supporting kids during all transitions throughout childhood.

All activities are designed to adequately nurture the emotional and intellectual growth of our kids. Through stimulating situations and hands-on learning opportunities, young children are free to develop into bright young minds. Reach out to learn more, and enroll with us today!

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Tuition & Volunteering 

Sault Cooperative Preschool encourages parents to stay involved in their child's education.  We encourage all parents and caregivers to have a connection and open communication with our teachers, board and staff.  We welcome parents to volunteer in the classroom or on field trips, bake for bake sales, and assist in raising funds for our preschool operations.  There are many onsite or work from home options to volunteer.  If your schedule and work and family life do not allow time to volunteer, we also have the non-cooperative option. You are still welcome to volunteer when your schedule allows and we welcome any time you would like to help. Both options are available and we can help decide which one is best for your family.  

**All tuition rates are monthly rates.**

3 Day AM (9:00 - 12:00), Cooperative Rate $140, Non-Cooperative Rate $200

3 Day ALL Day (8:45 - 5:15), Cooperative Rate $300, Non-Cooperative Rate $360 

5 Day AM (8:45 - 11:45), Cooperative Rate $215, Non-Cooperative Rate $275


5 Day PM Extended (1:00 - 5:15), Cooperative Rate $285, Non-Cooperative Rate $345 **This Class will not be filled until all other classes are filled**

All Day (8:45 - 5:15), Cooperative Rate $510, Non-Cooperative Rate $570

Aftercare Hourly Rate: $5.00

SCPS's is open from 7:30am - 5:15pm. Aftercare occurs when a child is in the care of

SCPS outside of his/her regularly scheduled class time.

The Cooperative Rate is available to families who commit to volunteer 25 hours of time throughout the year. These hours will be to be filled in two periods- June 1st to December 10th (12.5 hours) and December 11th to May 10th (12.5 hours). Unfulfilled hours as of December 10th will be billed at $25 an hour and again May 10th.  

***A convenience fee is charged by PayPal for using their services. To avoid this fee, you can pay tuition and fees by check at the school.



Highly Qualified


Five Day AM Assistant Teacher


Three Day/ Five Day PM Lead Teacher


Director & Five Day AM Lead Teacher


Three Day/Five Day Assistant Teacher



Learning Through Play

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Meets Tuesday-Thursday 

In a structured environment they will learn:

Sitting for 5-10 minutes at a time
Letter sounds
Color recognition
Parallel play
Cooperative play
Fine motor skills (for writing)
Gross motor skills

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Meets Monday-Friday 
8:45-11:45am & 1:00-4:00pm

In a structured environment they will learn:

 Kindergarten Readiness skills
Sitting for 10-20 minutes at a time
Writing name
Letter recognition
Number recognition
Fine motor skills
Gross motor skills

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Meets Monday-Friday 8:45am to 5:15pm.

Their Routine:

Helps kids get use to the all-day routine of the public schools
Attend the morning program ( 8:45am to 11:45am)
Lunch with teacher assistants (11:45am to 12:30pm)
Licensed-mandatory rest time (12:30-1:00pm)
Attend afternoon session (1:00-4:00pm)
Pickup time (between 4:00-5:15pm)

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In 1973, a group of women (mothers) wanted to have their preschool children experience a nursery school environment, and also wanted to be part of that experience and be able to obtain more information and skills about parenting. This is when they decided to establish Sault Cooperative Preschool.

Colleen Arbic was the organizer and the first president. The school changed its name from nursery school to preschool in 2000, in order to modernize it’s image. The school’s purpose statement is “to promote the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of children, and to help parents learn constructive methods of parenting through observation, guidance, and practical experience under a qualified teacher”.  Parent participation is the factor that makes this a cooperative preschool and is the basic element of our structure.

Myrt Wolleager was then hired to be the program director and teacher. The quality of the preschool became apparent to the public, and in two years another teacher needed to be hired, so they chose Mary Armstrong to facilitate the environment. There were four classes that met two days a week for two hours, and Friday AM class that was composed of twenty children from the other four classes. Total enrollment was eighty children.

In the early eighties, economic problems faced the Sault area as a result of the air force base closing. The preschool enrollment dropped to forty children, but by the late eighties, the school was back to full enrollment and has restructured to two, three day classes, and two two day classes. Two teacher assistants, Diane McDonald and Marcia Clow, were added to help with the continuity of structure of classroom instruction.


Upcoming Events

  • Mon, Oct 28
    Sault Cooperative Preschool
    Oct 28, 2019, 7:00 PM – Dec 15, 2019, 11:00 PM
    Sault Cooperative Preschool, 1606 Seymour St, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783, USA
  • Oct 24, 2019, 4:00 PM
    Elks Lodge, 1111 E Portage Ave, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
    Don't Miss Out
  • Tue, Oct 08
    Sault Cooperative Preschool
    Oct 08, 2019, 8:00 AM – Oct 18, 2019, 5:00 PM
    Sault Cooperative Preschool, 1606 Seymour Street
    Our students will be taking PreOrder sales for the famous UP pasties. These will be delivered just in time to take to hunting camp!
  • Sat, Jul 20
    Rosedale Farms
    Jul 20, 2019, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Rosedale Farms, 10380 S Shunk Rd, Dafter, MI 49724, USA
    Photoshoots with Erin Smith Photography, LLC


1606 Seymour Street


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1606 Seymour Street

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