Building Blocks Cooperative Preschool (BBCP) is a parent-run, cooperative preschool established in 1991 by the mountain community.
Parents participate in the classroom and on working committees to maintain the school facilities and functions.
Through the dedication and team effort of parents and our teachers, preschool-aged children are provided with an opportunity for social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth in a happy, safe setting.
Our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, and caring environment where children, their families and their teachers build community through play. We strive to make preschool possible for every child in our mountain community.
Our program is designed to meet the developmental needs of each child. We offer varied activities that encourage growth in all areas such as language development, fine and large motor skills, creative expression, social and emotional development, sensory-motor development, and cognitive development. We believe that children and adults learn best through active, hands-on discovery. We also believe that play is the child’s best medium – the way they make sense and learn about their complex world.
The program incorporates free play along with teacher/parent designed and guided activities. Our goal is to stimulate the children's natural curiosity, help them learn to interact with others, assist them in effectively expressing themselves, and encourage them to try new experiences. This will provide them with tools to use in everyday life as well as for their future "formal" education. The heart of our program consists of truly listening to both children and adults. By doing so, we encourage their thinking, creativity, and growth. The flow of teaching and learning is mutual and dynamic.
WHAT BUILDING BLOCKS PARENTS SAY
My Kids Favorite Place:
"She’ll be in school for the next (at least) 17 years of her life and I know that when the time comes she will study hard. For now I am grateful that she has the opportunity to just explore and learn through playing with her peers as she is supposed to!" - Building Blocks Parent of 5 year old
Ready for Kindergarten:
"When my son arrived at Kindergarten after three years at Building Blocks, he knew how to ask for help, how to make many friends, and how to be comfortable and independent at school. I was surprised on the first day of kinder when he just said, "Bye mom, I love you" and happily joined the line into his classroom. I think this was because he felt confident and happy in being with the children that he knew from BB but also excited to make new friends too (because he knew how to do this). At school he easily filled his own water bottle, took himself to the bathroom when he needed to, made many new friends, and asked for help when he needed help from the teachers or parent-volunteers. All the things he experienced at Building Blocks made it so he was ready to learn in Kindergarten — when he (and his brain) were developmentally ready for it! Thank you Building Blocks for everything!"
- Building Blocks Parent of now 6 year old at Loma
Friends for Life:
"My daughter and I both learned about conflict resolution at Building Blocks. I was not comfortable mediating these conflicts when my children first arrived at Building Blocks and at times, I will be honest, I was learning as much as my children at Building Blocks. But, I gained so much and was able to give my daughter (and her friends) some tools for solving conflicts. She has learned to get along with almost every different personality and there were 24 different personalities on the playground! I feel this will serve her well in her future since team-work, creative problem solving, and collaboration are such important skills in our modern world." - Building Blocks Parent to 4 year old