Gale River Cooperative Preschool is a nature-based, play-centered cooperative preschool where parents/guardians and children learn together. GRCP offers a fun, caring environment for children ages 3 to 5. We meet children’s individual needs and interests while stimulating learning and encouraging social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.
Since we have three teachers in the classroom every day our student-to-teacher ratio is very low. Our spacious classroom is fun, educational and equipped with state of the art safety features. Our classroom doors open right into the forest which allows students easy access to the outdoors throughout the day. We also have an outdoor classroom in the woods for daily excursions and lessons.
Direct experience with nature stimulates intelligence in countless ways. American families’ busy lifestyles often preclude children from spending enough healthy time outdoors. GRCP deeply values free play in nature. We take advantage of our wonderful forest location and give children ample opportunity to play and explore outside. Free play in nature, walks through the woods and fields, planting seeds, harvesting vegetables, scavenger hunts, sledding, and building snowpeople sharpen the senses, broaden the mind, and elicit sheer joy and excitement in children.
Being a cooperative school means that we are owned and operated by our members, the parents/guardians. Part of this membership involves parents/guardians volunteering their time to be classroom helpers and to help around the school. In these ways, parents get to witness their child’s growth and development in school firsthand, an opportunity not available at other preschools. Co-op parents/guardians also sit on the school’s board and committees and collaborate in fundraising efforts.
GRCP is also licensed by the State of New Hampshire.
Meet our Teachers
Lead Teacher/Center Director
Nicole brings a great deal of experience and positive energy to her role as Gale River's Director and Lead Teacher. She focuses on meeting her students where they are and helping them to grow. Nicole is passionate about play and about children spending time in nature. Both a parent of two Gale River Preschool alumni, and the previous President of the Board, Nicole intimately knows and cares deeply about the school. Nicole holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and is working toward a Masters in Early Childhood Education. Nicole has also worked as a private childcare provider and is NH ECE credentialed.
Sara brings a love for the world and all that it holds into the classroom. Her passion for nature stems from exploring the forests of Connecticut growing up. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Resource Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and is working toward a NH ECE credential. Sara has experience working in the preschool classroom and has found a love for teaching, especially about the environment. She spends most of her free time with her 1.5 year old dog, Olive. Together they enjoy hiking, swimming, gardening and cooking.