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Our school is the children’s school

This means that the needs of children come first

The focus at the Anchorage Cooperative Preschool, aka ACP, is a child-centered philosophy that incorporates family and community lifestyles and ways of being. 

Specific activities emerge from the children’s interests and families’ ideas.

Positive social and emotional interactions are the main focus while academic endeavors are used to enhance the overall experience.


At ACP Families and Children practice 

play and exploration by:

being a friend

taking turns

sharing with others

listening to others

helping others

standing up for themselves (to be heard and respected)

negotiating in peaceful ways

increasing attention spans

valuing themselves as individuals and group members

being willing to make mistakes and learn from them

being excited about discovery and learning

trying new things

having fun

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