Program Philosophy

At WPENS we create a safe and nurturing environment where children and parents can learn and grow together. We offer a child-centered program that addresses the developmental needs of the children and provides education for the parents.

At the heart of our program is respect for the children and parents that make up the co-op. We respect each child’s developmental level, individuality, ability to solve problems and make choices, and natural love of learning. We respect parents and honor the love and commitment they show as they engage in the process of raising their children.

We believe that early attention to a child’s social and emotional development lays a strong foundation for future abstract and academic learning. Young children gain important social and learning skills through play. Play provides opportunities to explore, question and create. It inspires a sense of wonder about the world. We trust that children will naturally choose the activities that will help them to learn and grow.

At WPENS we cultivate a partnership between parents and teachers where parents are able to build upon their existing strength and skills as loving and dedicated parents. Parents are encouraged to share resources and support each other. They build friendships and learn to advocate for their children.

We believe it takes a community to raise a child. The WPENS co-op is a unique community that draws its strength from its members combined efforts, talents and skills.

Children will…

  • Discover the joy of learning through age-appropriate play
  • Develop social skills and cultivate their unique strengths
  • Acquire the building blocks of kindergarten readiness
  • Benefit from a high adult-to-child ratio

Parents will…

  • Gain confidence as they study child development
  • Practice new parenting skills such as positive discipline and conflict resolution
  • Participate in their child’s education
  • Benefit from a supportive community of parents and teachers
  • Enjoy lower tuition costs through parent involvement

Parents and children will…

  • Make new friends
  • Experience a sense of belonging and acceptance for who they are
  • Share joy, comfort and pride in what they can accomplish