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About Us


For 50 years, Boise Cooperative Preschool (BCP) has been a leading play-based preschool in the Treasure Valley. BCP has been located in the Boise Bench neighborhood since September 2002.  Boise Cooperative Preschool values the importance of all aspects of human development- social, emotional, creative, physical, cognitive, and verbal. We “play” with letters and numbers and expand our knowledge of basic concepts.  We explore, create, experiment, practice, socialize, and learn to value and respect individuality.  There is an emphasis on the learning process rather than a specific result. Every child and parent in the Boise Cooperative Preschool is valued and supported.  We know that learning is fun and the possibilities are endless!

Boise Cooperative Preschool admits students of any race, religion, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and scholarship programs. 

Cooperative preschools are one of the oldest types of preschools. A cooperative preschool is one that is run with parent volunteers.  There are four part-time teachers on staff and the new addition of a part-time director, but parents are scheduled to help out in the classroom and with all aspects of running the preschool, which can include administrative support, cleanup, and food prep.  Because parents are giving their time for free, the preschool can operate with fewer paid staff members and at lower costs than traditional preschool. BCP’s play-based model allows children to play and discover what they want to learn about. Our teachers allow them to explore their interests. As a cooperative, teachers and families work together to create a classroom community where children are nurtured and supported in their exploration and discoveries. Having teachers, parents, and children in the classroom creates a healthy environment for learning and growing.

Why a cooperative preschool?

BCP is operated mainly through the volunteer efforts of the parents who are its members. Our only paid staff are the teachers.  Boise Cooperative Preschool depends on the members running the school by working on committees, serving on the Board of Directors, helping out where help is needed, and generally using their unique talents and energies.  In order to keep our operating costs and tuition low, each family is required to become a member of BCP with duties and responsibilities.


  • Abide by the BYLAWS set forth by Boise Cooperative Preschool.

  • Attend Mandatory Meetings that include:  Fall Orientation, Fall Harvest Meeting, and Spring Rodeo Meeting.

  • Provide an adult family member to VOLUNTEER to help in your child's classroom.  

  • Serve on a committee or on the board of directors.  

  • Clean the classroom once per year.

  • Submit a School Evaluation and give our school feedback to what needs improvement and what is working for our families.

  • Pay tuition on time on-time each month.

You can find a detailed overview of member responsibilities in our HANDBOOK.

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