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Meridian Street Preschool CO-OP has been serving the families of Indianapolis for over 50 years. Our original home...

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We believe play is the “work” of children and that parents and children learn together through play. We provide a wide range...

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The co-op movement has been in existence for more than one hundred and fifty years. A co-op, short for cooperative...

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Meridian Street Preschool CO-OP has been serving the families if Indianapolis for over 50 years. Our original home was in the Meridian Street Methodist Church in the Butler Tarkington neighborhood; hence our name. In 2012, while MSMC underwent renovations, we made a new home for MSPC at First Friends Meeting located at 3030 Kessler Boulevard East Drive. Our commitment to children and the hard work of our co-oping families has made MSPC a truly unique community that thrives on the philosophy that play is the work of childhood.​

 
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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.

 
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The co-op movement has been in existence for more than one hundred and fifty years. A co-op, short for cooperative, is an organization that is owned or managed by the members of the group. The first co-op preschool in the United States was founded in 1916 at the University of Chicago. The founding mothers' goal was to pool their resources to create a child care program that would allow them to participate in the war effort. At MSPC the school is run by the parents of the enrolled children. We attend CPT training to prepare us to co-op, attend board meetings; and each of us has a key job that helps the school run. The only paid employees of our school are our highly valued teachers. We are a members of the Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives. You can find out more about co-op right here: http://preschoolco-op.org/why-cooperative