To provide a safe, play-centered cooperative preschool where parents and children learn together. GRCP offers a fun, caring environment for children ages 3 to 5. We address children’s individual needs and interests while stimulating learning and encouraging social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.
Being a cooperative school means that we are owned and operated by our members, the parents. Part of this membership involves parents volunteering their time to be classroom helpers. In this way, parents get to witness their child’s growth and development in school firsthand, an opportunity not available at other preschools. Co-op parents also sit on the school’s board and committees and collaborate in fundraising efforts.
Since we have two teachers in the classroom every day, plus one parent helper most days, our student-to-teacher ratio is very low. Our two spacious classrooms are fun, educational and equipped with state of the art safety features. GRCP is licensed by the State of New Hampshire.
Direct experience with nature stimulates intelligence in countless ways. American families’ busy lifestyles often preclude children from spending enough healthy time outdoors. GRCP takes advantage of its wonderful farmstead location and gives the children ample opportunity to play and explore outside. Visiting the cows, nature walks through the woods and fields, planting seeds, harvesting vegetables, scavenger hunts, snowman building and sledding sharpen the senses, broaden the mind and elicit sheer joy and excitement in children.
Meet our Teachers
Recently graduated from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine where she studied Human Ecology and worked as a Farm-to-School Coordinator. Growing up on an organic vegetable farm, Kenya developed an appreciation for the natural world and helped share that love with children through the development of a summer farm camp. Kenya is passionate about helping young people discover themselves through a connection with the outdoors.
As the parent of two Gale River Preschool alumni and the previous President of the Board, Nicole is very familiar with our special school! Nicole holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and she is excited about continuing her education in early education with a certification in special ed Nicole has provided private childcare in the past and is NH ECE credentialed as our Lead Teacher and Director.