Wacousta Cooperative Preschool | Greater Lansing Area Moms

Wacousta Cooperative Preschool: It’s a beautiful place to be! 

WCP is now enrolling for 2022-2023

Since 1972 Wacousta Cooperative Preschool has been meeting the childcare needs of the Wacousta community. And we’re thrilled to share that we recently reinvented ourselves to modernize our cooperative model so we can continue to serve our community…

Rachael Therrian, director & lead teacher and Macy Platte, full day lead teacher bring compassion and fun to WCP every day

But wait, just where IS Wacousta? 

Well, you may not have heard of our community, but if you live in Bath, Delta Township, DeWitt, Eagle, East Lansing, Grand Ledge, Lansing, Portland, Waverly or Westphalia, you’re only 10 miles away! 

At WCP we strive to create a learning community that feels like home. We educate our children to strengthen our community. A welcoming and supportive environment for our students, staff and families is central to our cooperative model. We all work together to lift each other up. When children are engaged in a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment, they thrive. When parents and caregivers are supported, our whole community benefits. We exist to create a space where all this can happen, for our community, for our future.

Close up of children’s hands playing in a sensory bin with beans and small toys.

Our roots run deep 

It all started with a small group of parents who wanted a place to educate their children through play and community. We are still that place 50 years later. Our roots run deep in our community. We have parents all the time come to us because they came to preschool here, and now they want to give their own children the same wonderful experience they once had. There’s a reason we say that WCP is a beautiful place to be. Our school’s reach extends beyond our walls and far into our community. Grandparents whose children went to WCP are now watching as their grandchildren begin their journey with us. 

Working together to makes the world a beautiful place

A cooperative foundation

Our cooperative model is our foundation. We believe that the best way to educate children is through collaboration between families and educators. We have recently updated our model to meet the needs of our modern families. Although we do still require engagement by all our families, we have made it more flexible for working families. You choose how you can best contribute to our shared success. 

Meeting the needs of the community with half and full days

We have expanded our class offerings to include both half day and full day options. We have also made it so families can choose our traditional MWF or TTh class offerings, or can choose to send their child every day. We’ve got a limited number of spots left for the 2022-2023 school year, so we encourage you to enroll now or get in touch for a tour! 

Getting messy is an important part of play

Play-based learning

We support social-emotional growth by prioritizing outdoor and imaginative play, with a dose of STEM-based lessons. The programs are play-based because brain development research shows children learn skills and retain information best through hands-on exploration in places where they feel safe and free to explore.

Getting messy is an important part of play

A commitment to affordability

We’ve been able to do all of this while still staying true to our roots and remain affordable for our community. Wacousta Cooperative Preschool’s tuition is one of the lowest in the area, and we have a variety of opportunities to help families offset those costs. We offer scholarships, connect families with tuition assistance programs, and hold fundraisers throughout the year that parents can use to credit their tuition.

The next 50 years

WCP is invested in the Wacousta community and beyond. We’ve been here for 50 years helping our community grow and we’ll spend the next 50 continuing to meet the needs of all families through support, partnership, community and understanding.

Wacousta Preschool classrooms are welcoming, engaging and bright


Wacousta Cooperative Preschool
9180 W. Herbison Rd, Eagle 48822

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