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 Our Mission Statement

Small Fry Preschool is a fully licensed and insured, not-for-profit cooperative, established in 1970 to promote the social, emotional, and physical development of children, and to encourage intellectual growth through creative play in a healthy atmosphere. Small Fry has flourished as an educational organization rather than a day care since its inception.

 Parent Involvement

Parental involvement is an essential element of membership in the Small Fry Preschool Cooperative. Active participation provides opportunities for parents to acquire specialized skills and greater understanding of their own child’s individual strengths and needs. The parent-child-teacher relationship is strengthened and facilitates the child’s adjustment to his/her ever-widening world.

The key to Small Fry’s long-term success since 1970 is the involvement of parents in the education of children. As members of this educational organization, each day a parent serves as the assistant teacher. Parents are responsible for arranging a substitute parent helper, who is also a member, if they are unable to fulfill their own obligation. Parent helpers are scheduled on a rotating basis. A schedule is distributed in advance (at parent orientation, in August).

Parents are also required to serve on a committee such as field trips, room parents, food committee, etc.. In addition, parents are also required serve as a driver for at least 2 field trips throughout the school year.

Parent meetings are planned to meet the needs and interest of the parents and students. Attendance is expected.

 Curriculum and Activities

Small Fry’s curriculum is founded on preparing our students for success in Kindergarten and beyond.  Children graduating from Small Fry have strong foundations and skills that will have prepared them for excellence both acedmically and socially.  Coursework includes: reading, writing, mathmatics, the sciences, as well as work on both large and fine motor skills.

Additionally, the students are exposed to, and provided a wide variety of creative materials and activities, such as: easel painting, finger painting, clay, salt dough, woodworking, science activities geared to the interest of the class, simple cooking, trucks and blocks, table toys such as puzzles, peg boards and books, and a housekeeping area including a stove, sink, hutch, doll equipment and dress-up clothes are just a few examples. Field trips are also a part of the Small Fry experience as well as opportunities for the children to publicly perform the arts through a number of plays and musical performances.

 Our Calendar

Small Fry Preschool classes meet from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, with each class alternating days.

The Tots (3/4 year old) students meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while the Taters class(4/5 year old) meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Classes are expected to start the week after the public schools open and generally follow the public school calendar until the end of May. Enrollment is limited to 14 in the Tots Class and 18 in the Taters Class.

 Sample Daily Schedule

  • 9:00 Sharing Circle
  • 9:20 Arts, Centers, and Free Play
  • 9:50 Clean Up
  • 10:00 Calendar and Weather Time
  • 10:15 Wash Hands
  • 10:20 Snack Time
  • 10:30 Story Time
  • 10:45 Large Motor Skills
  • 11:00 Music
  • 11:15 Clean Up
  • 11:30 Dismissal