Downey Preschool is a cooperative preschool, which means it is a parent-run, non-profit organization where parents and teachers work together to create a positive, nurturing environment in which children can thrive in all aspects of their development. We place a special emphasis on helping children build self-identity and social interaction skills. Downey is a member of the Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives.
From the ICPC website:
We [as parents] hire the teachers, perform a job at the school, and participate in the classroom. We believe that only through the shared community of learning between teachers, parents, AND children can we help to develop our children in a more wholesome way. Our curriculum is based on a developmentally appropriate “learning through play” philosophy which focuses on the whole child, including academics, social skills, and physical skills (to name a few…). We hope that through sharing in the cooperative community your whole family will gain knowledge and a shared sense of accomplishment.
Downey has been serving Indianapolis’ children and their families for more than forty years! For more information or to schedule a tour, send us a message via our Contact page or call 317-426-9094.
Melissa Egan started teaching the Tadpoles at Downey in 2007 after seven years of being a co-op parent. Her past experience, including being a preschool teacher from toddlers to four-year-olds and a grade school volunteer, make her a great fit for the Downey team. As a co-op parent, she held a variety of positions, including president, and served on the board of ICPC. Melissa has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Western Kentucky University and received specialized training in early childhood education at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Melissa is a calming presence in the classroom and enjoys building relationships with the parents. She loves being in nature, spending time with her family, and laughing as often as possible.
Staci Lovold has a bachelor’s degree in kindergarten-primary education from Indiana State University and a master of arts degree in curriculum development and mild interventions from the University of Indianapolis. She has taught kindergarten and first grade and served as a literacy coach for K-8 students for several years before joining the teaching team at Downey. Staci has had two children progress through cooperative preschools and has held a variety of roles during that time, including the health & safety chairperson, class representative, and membership chairperson. As Downey’s Polliwogs and Frogs teacher, her goal is to meet all of the children where they are developmentally and help them progress from that point using developmentally appropriate activities and materials. She is looking forward to learning more about the families joining the class.