Sharon residents, Susan Markowitz and Pearl Falk founded The Sharon Cooperative School in 1976. They envisioned a place where parents could create a nurturing community of mutual learning not only for their preschool children but for themselves as well.
This community of shared vision was bound together by the children first, but it also created a common bond among its families that was able to transcend the preschool years and follow families throughout the course of their lives. Parents became a support group for each other linked by their friendship, mutual respect, their children and the importance of shaping the future by creating a community where they all are caregivers to each and every child, each and every family.
The Day School program was added in 1995 when the need for full-time education and care of preschoolers was recognized. The school expanded from two classrooms to four and the Cooperative community grew in size. Though larger in number, the school held true to the vision set long before and now all the families of the Cooperative School classes are linked in their friendships and belief in a nurturing community of mutual learning.
The school now welcomes about 60 children per year in four full day classrooms and not all are from Sharon. The 60 or so families represent many towns such as Canton, Mansfield, Brockton, Norwood, Stoughton, Walpole, Easton and Foxboro to name a few.
In 2004, 2009 and again in 2014, The Sharon Cooperative School, Inc. earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (www.NAEYC.org) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.
“We’re proud to be accredited by NAEYC, and recognized for the commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Abigail Marsters, Executive Director. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our school are getting the best care and early learning experiences.” To earn NAEYC’s accreditation, a program conducts a self-study, including feedback from all the stakeholders, to determine how well it meets the 400 criteria. After necessary improvements are made, the program is observed by independent, professional validators and then reviewed by a national panel. Programs are accredited for a five-year period.
The Sharon Cooperative School, Inc., licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education for Children (www.eec.state.ma.us) offers flexible programs for children aged 2 years 9 months to kindergarten. For more information about the Sharon Cooperative School, Inc. please call Abigail at 781-784-2966 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.