Cooperative Preschool of Loudoun

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Cooperative Preschool of Loudoun (“CPL”) formerly known as Winnie the Pooh Preschool, has been a cooperative since it was first organized in 1969. CPL strives to provide your child with a positive preschool experience in an environment where parents and teachers work together to meet each child’s individual needs. The school is operated on a private, nonsectarian, nonracial basis and at the lowest possible costs consistent with the school’s goals and programs. This provides parents the opportunity to participate with their child in this first major step away from home.

It is the goal of CPL to provide each child, according to their own temperament and needs, with supervised play and social and emotional learning experiences with children their own age. The children will have the opportunity to learn to respect and accept the rights and also the differences of others. They will be presented with art, music, books and creative projects that are geared to their age level. Through various activities, the child will learn about the world around him (her) and develop a feeling of belonging and security. It is the goal of CPL to develop a child who is ready for primary school education, and complement, not replace, early learning between parent and child.

Mission: CPL offers children a program based on the following sound education principles: 1. Individual acceptance: It is important for each child to be accepted as they are. Each child is helped to develop their own capabilities at their own rate of progress 2. Freedom within limits: Children need to know that there are limits beyond which they cannot go. They need order to their day. They also need freedom to play – their imagination and curiosity need room to wander. 3. A child-sized world: Children need to find themselves in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where they can explore, share, play, and communicate with others their own age. 4. Parent participation: Parents come to school regularly, not merely to visit, but to participate and to observe. The parents learn about their own children in a broader perspective. The parent can observe other adults and other methods. Through close association with professionally trained teachers, parents acquire specialized skills and greater understanding of their children and their children’s peer group. 5. Three-way sharing: In a cooperative preschool, one finds fellowship. Child-parent-teacher sharing furthers the adult’s understanding of children and facilitates the children’s adjustment to their first school experience. The parents are also working together to provide the best possible preschool experience for their children at a minimum cost.

The Gottman Institute

Crying is a healthy and necessary way for kids to express their feelings. By saying ‘stop crying’ we send the message that their feelings are not important, not valid, silly, or annoying.

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A great day for our annual Welcome Back Potluck! Welcoming new CPL families and reconnecting with old friends. Special thank you to Stacie Kennedy and the events committee for organizing!

Challenging Behaviors

Learning to manage emotions is an important part of growing up. As young children are just beginning to develop self-control, challenging behavior is common and expected in the years from birth to three.

Stokes Valley Kindergarten

Peaceful. relaxed. calm. Engaged. play. Connecting with nature, connecting with Home, connecting with each other 🌿

Children's Mental Health Rocks

On point👇👇👇

"The mere knowledge that yelling is bad, in itself, won’t help, said Alan Kazdin, a professor of psychology and child psychiatry at Yale. Yelling is not a strategy, it’s a release.

“If the goal of the parent is catharsis, I want to get this out of my system and show you how mad I am, well, yelling is probably perfect,” Dr. Kazdin said. “If the goal here is to change something in the child or develop a positive habit in the child, yelling is not the way to do that.” There are other strategies, and they don’t involve screaming like a maniac."

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny. But we can have lots of good fun that is funny!”
-The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Not Just Cute - Intentional Whole Child Development

One of the benefits of cooperative preschool is the time parents get to spend watching their children learn and play in a school setting.

I adore my friend, Deborah Stewart, and everything she says in this piece is so on point!

"My students have been with me for two weeks now and yet everyday, their back packs have gone home pretty much empty.

If my parents didn’t know me well, they might think that their child isn’t learning anything.

The reason it is hard to send home anything in the back pack is because nothing fits.

...No, the things we have been learning are WAY TOO BIG for our back packs."

Reducing Challenging Behaviors during Transitions: Strategies for Early Childhood Educators to Share with Parents | NAEYC

NAEYC is the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It is the professional nonprofit organization that supports teachers of young children. The purpose of this article is to highlight strategies that early childhood educators can share with families in an effort to prevent challenging behavior during transitions both inside and outside the home.

What every child needs for learning self regulation

Self-regulation is one of the foundational socio-emotional skills. We work on this at CPL on a daily basis. Self-regulation is vital for children to manage life’s normal ups-and-downs: for concentration, social relationships and learning. It is a major task for a young child to regulate their feelings and behaviour consistently.

Pencil Grasp Development - Stay At Home Education

Muscle development is a very important step in learning to write. #playdough Pencil grasp has to do with how a child holds a pencil for writing activities. This cart show the typical pencil grasp development for most children.

We had a visitor this morning. Can you find the butterfly in the picture?

The 10 Best Apple Picking Spots in Virginia! Eat. Live. Travel... Freely

Schemas in Children’s Play Written by Clare Caro Schemas in Children’s Play are such an important concept when it comes to the development of our children that it’s worth taking the time to understand them so you can...

‘You can’t teach a child without family’: It’s the magic ingredient at one preschool - National Institute for Early Education Research

We have been teaching with parents as partners for 50 years. CHICAGO — When Mariano Agosto’s fiancee died a year after the birth of their daughter, he was scared and lost. A friend suggested a nearby early-childhood education center might be able to help him and his little girl. Melanie was about 2 when Agosto visited Christopher House for a three-day tri...

Having fun at Legacy Park!

[08/26/18]   CPL Play date today, 3-5, Legacy Park

Thank you to all our move-in volunteers! Next week the teachers will start getting the classrooms ready for the new school year.

Lmao Mommy

[08/24/18]   CPL move-in day 9am Saturday!


Let your family life be an oasis of calm in a world of chaos.

Children flourish when they have the time and space to explore their world without the constraints of “too much.” A reflective article that looks at creating simpler lives for children :)

[08/23/18]   Tomorrow is the first day of LCPS. Please share some first day pictures with us!

Busy Toddler

Perseverance, tenacity, and drive. Great qualities in adults, challenging in children. Hang in there parents. We’ve got your back!


"It will pay off. His determination to be the best at everything he does.

To always have the last word.

To be the one constantly telling you why things are the way they are.

It will pay off."

13 Tips for Starting Preschool | NAEYC

Help your child prepare for a fantastic first day. Is your child entering a preschool program for the first time? Use these tips to help both you and your child make a smooth transition.


Childhood is a precious and important time of life.

Simplifying childhood

How The Science Of Learning Is Catching Up To Mr. Rogers

❤️ The popular film Won't You Be My Neighbor? shows how the topics — and the format — Fred Rogers brought to TV are as relevant to education and child development as they ever were.

Great Country Farms

Farmer Andrew wants YOU to come out & u-pick! We’ve got lots of peaches for picking this week, as well as plums & nectarines. Don’t let Farmer Andrew down! #greatcountryfarms

The Case for Old-School Kindergarten: Why We Need to Let Our Kids Play

Play is a child's work. Child directed play is essential for developing young minds. Kindergarten has become the new first grade, full of tests and worksheets. Here's why we need to bring the old, play-oriented kindergarten back.

Ah, Summer

Living his best #greatcountryfarms life.

We met at on the first day of CPL with our children in Ms. Geier’s class. Great seats at Wolf Trap for the NSO. Thank you for the auction donation. #WolfTrap - The Benefits of Mud Play

The rainy weather is providing great opportunities for mud play! The Benefits of Mud Play

[07/26/18]   Our Twitter feed @CplFamily now has 6 followers. Woot! Woot!

Great Country Farms

Join us for our annual Peach Fuzztival weekend, August 4 & 5, 2018!

We have teamed up with our sister properties to offer unique, peachy experiences at each of our businesses that are sure to satisfy the peach lover in everyone.

See how we’re celebrating:

See how Bluemont Vineyard is celebrating:

See how Dirt Farm Brewing is celebrating:

[07/24/18]   Pepperidge Farm Goldfish recall. Link to details in the comments.

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

If you are looking for a fun, family oriented day with food and free activities, join us! SAVE THE DATE for August 11th at the Village at Leesburg for the 7th Annual Child Safety Day sponsored by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the Leesburg Police Department, Leesburg VA and the Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA!

Child Safety Day will be held from 12 pm to 4 pm and will feature law enforcement displays and provide information to parents on how they can protect their child from becoming a victim of a crime.

See you there!

Looking for a wet adventure?

It may be rainy, but we’ve still got lots of fruit to pick! Wear your rain boots and come pick blackberries, peaches & nectarines with us! #upick #greatcountryfarms

Play to Learn Preschool

If it ever stops raining you can try this summer activity.

This is such a fun way to color the sidewalks!

Find more fun summer activities HERE:

Join our close knit cooperative preschool for the 2018/2019 school year as we celebrate 50 years of educational fun together!! 🍎

Email our Program Director today! 📚([email protected])


Gotta love TED talks!

These are the factors in childhood that predict success later in life.

Watch the full TED Talk here:

[07/20/18]   Teacher Meeting!

[07/19/18]   CPL is a not- for-profit School. You can support us by shopping Amazon Smile.


Social/emotional skills are very important through the school years and beyond. It’s important that children practice these skills by playing with their peers.

A study published in 2015 showed that the social skills observed in kindergarten showed significant correlation with well-being at age 25.

[07/17/18]   CPL has a twitter account! Parents are invited to post pictures and memories of their children. ***please do not post class pictures or pictures of other children without permission*** Follow us @CplFamily

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