“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children, play is serious learning.  Play is really the work of childhood.”


– Fred Rogers

Welcome to our community! Enrollment is still open and we have spaces available in our Two-Year-Old Classroom and 1 spot that just opened up in our Pre-K Class.  Our Three-year-old class is on a wait-list.  Enrollment forms are available on our website under the Enroll Now tab.  Contact Director Kristen at eecdirector@gmail.com with any questions or to schedule a tour of our classrooms and campus.  We look forward to meeting you!


Our school is committed to a hands-on, child-initiated curriculum in which all aspects of a child’s cognitive, social/emotional, linguistic, creative and physical development are promoted through developmentally appropriate practice. Each child is valued as a unique and capable individual. We establish a warm, flexible environment where children are encouraged to make their own choices, to be responsible for their own behavior and to respect the physical and spiritual space of others.


Parents receive support and guidance in the evolution of their parenting skills through monthly education classes, staff modeling of positive language and parenting techniques, and their own participation in the classroom. Informed parenting is fostered with the goal of instilling a life-long commitment to their children’s education and overall development.


We believe in the importance of raising children in community and intentionally foster relationships that we hope will last a lifetime for both children and parents alike.

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Since 1961, the Early Education Cooperative Preschool (EECP) has provided a quality education program to Valley children and their families.


The purpose of a cooperative early education program is to bring parents and children together in a learning environment that supports children’s growth and to provide a community of support in parenting.


This philosophy and the activities and curriculum are based on research and experience on how children learn and the best environments to foster their growth.


We believe:


…a parent is a child’s first teacher.


…the best academic environment for a young child is a play based environment.


…each unique stage of development should be celebrated and not rushed—we believe in the gift of time.


…it really does take a whole village to raise a child!


I am a child; I am not built to sit still, keep my hands to myself, take turns, be patient, stand in line or keep quiet. I need motion, I need novelty, I need adventure and I need to engage the world with my whole body. Let me play ~ trust me, I'm learning.

Early Education Cooperative Preschool

4027 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253     |     Direct line: 623-201-7180 |or 602-840-8400 x 233      |     eecdirector@gmail.com