Welcome to Fort Mill Preparatory Cooperative Preschool!

Why we are unique
Ms. Christine, the Executive Director, and Ms. Jenette, the School Director, take an active role in the day-to-day operation of the school. At FMPCP, we provide your child with a “home away from home” setting in hopes that your child will feel relaxed and content in his/her surroundings. Each child is personally known by each teacher, which makes for a family feeling and extra safety.

With our low ratios, we are able to provide individual attention along with a small group social setting.Our ratios are MUCH lower than State Requirements. Our small class sizes enable us to practice our philosophies each day! Children that are a part of a lower ratio, feel secure; giving them confidence to experience and try new things! Teachers feel relaxed and enjoy having the opportunity to teach. FMPCP is dedicated to maintaining our class sizes, as this is where the quality of our program begins.

Mission & Vision
We believe that the purpose of Fort Mill Preparatory Cooperative Preschool is to provide a positive educational atmosphere for learning, so that students may experience the joy of learning and may become fulfilled, aware, and caring human beings, capable of using their skills successfully to continue advancement in these areas.

We believe that the learning experiences offered by FMPCP should be adequate to satisfy the curiosity and intellectual growth of all who attend. We see each child as an individual and therefore the organizational arrangement for instruction and teaching methods must be varied. We view each student as a unique person. We believe that his/her physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and moral development is continuous and ever expanding. In addition, we recognize each student as having basic needs. 

This program is viewed as an integral part of the child’s overall school experience. It is designed to provide opportunities for children to learn through various experiences and in a socially centered environment. This program recognizes the unique needs of each child and will provide learning opportunities according to these varied needs, abilities, and interests. This program will strive to prepare each student to function successfully in a scholastic, social, and individual way.

FMPCP is a program for the “Whole Child.” The responsibility is to provide a service to the community for the highest type of early education through:
1.   A well-organized program that meets physical, emotional, social, and intellectual needs.
2.   A loving home like/classroom environment.
3.   Fully utilizing the physical facilities of Fort Mill, for the benefit of the  FMPCP community.
4.   For children to enjoy group experiences outside the home.
5.   Loving encouragement and guidance of children toward independence, responsibility, and social consciousness.
6.   A positive approach to learning.

General Goals
1.   To create an atmosphere so children may become aware of themselves as a great person.
2.   To accept peers as persons with their own worth, regardless of real or imagined differences.
3.   To help children accept mature authority and loving interest outside the home.
4.   To work and play well with other children, in-group settings.
5.   To create an atmosphere in which a child may develop self-confidence and independence.
6.   To make choices, think, and problem solve, for oneself, and live with those choices.
7.   To learn what it means to be part of a group.
8.   To speak and express oneself clearly.
9.   To develop an appreciation of literature and the arts (music, drama, poetry, art, and more).
10.  Provide an atmosphere of co-operation in which parent, teacher, and child can learn together.

Specific Goals
1.   Develop Gross Motor Skills- Young children need opportunities to develop their bodies and coordination by running, jumping, climbing, lifting, pushing, and pulling. Physiological readiness precedes other learning.
2.   Develop Fine Motor Skills- Small muscle, hand-eye coordination. Young children need opportunities to practice with things to put in, take out, match, fit, connect, and disconnect. The environment provides the developmental materials- (manipulative, puzzles, pegs, play-doh, beads, etc.)
3.   Develop Language Arts- Children learn vocabulary and the rhythm of speech through listening to their own peers and other languages as they are spoken and sung in many forms. Classroom libraries, storytelling, self-expression (puppets, telephones), games, alphabet letter, calendar, recognition (name, address, phone number,) expression through show and tell are only a few of the means of communication which are vital to both personal and academic success.
4.   Develop Social Concepts- Social dramatic play helps a child to progress from solitary role-playing, to sharing and understanding rules and limits. Through housekeeping, dress up, blocks, field trips and snack, the child begins to feel secure in himself, family, and community.
​5.   Develop Creative Expression- Experimentation, discovery, the experience itself, is the value of arts and crafts at an early age. They learn about basic colors, and shapes, through painting, coloring, cutting, gluing, play-doh, and sand/water play. Children learn to control the medium and satisfaction comes with learning the creation of something that is uniquely their own.
6.   Develop Science and Nature- The more the young child knows and understands their world; the more independent and confident they can become. Learning about seasons, weather, bodies, senses, health, and nutrition are only a part of the concepts.