The MSPC Story
Meridian Street Preschool CO-OP has been serving the families of Indianapolis for over 50 years. Our original home was near 56th & Meridian Street; hence our original name. Today we are better know as MSPC Indy and love our new home partnering with First Friends Meeting at 3030 Kessler Boulevard East Drive in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our parents and teachers are passionate about continuing the legacy of MSPC and the values it inherits each year our student base grows.
We believe play is the “work” of children and that parents and children learn together through play. We provide a wide range of play areas and activities that allow children to direct their own free play. Freedom of choice enhances the complete development of the child and encourages curiosity. Children are also encouraged to express their feelings, both positive and negative, with words. Through our group activities, children learn to respect each other, control their bodies, and develop good listening skills.
What is CO-OP?
A preschool cooperative is a non-profit preschool run by parents who work closely with qualified teachers to create a positive, nurturing environment in which children can thrive in all aspects of their development. Meridian Street Preschool Co-op was established in 1957 and is currently housed in First Friends Quaker Meeting. Parents serve on either the school’s board or at a job supporting one of the positions. Each position oversees the function of a specific area of the school, and every parent has a voice. Our teachers are our only paid staff. They are selected for their qualifications as well as their demonstrated skills in working with children. Our teachers routinely continue their education through workshops, meetings, and observations of other preschool teachers.
Our beloved 3/4s & 4/5s teacher. Liz has a passion for education that is contagious and quickly spreads to all of her parents & students. Many of the little ones she teaches refer to MSPC as Mrs. Lawson's house. She really does make it feel like home.
Mrs. Spaniol has a background in elementary education, with a specialization in reading. She co-oped at MSPC with her two children, and is excited to return as a teacher. Her classroom is designed to foster play, discovery, and growth. Mrs. Spaniol is looking forward to sharing her love of reading, and working closely with MSPC families.