Why We are Unique
Ms. Christine, the Executive Director, Ms. Bijoux, the School Director, and Ms. Leann, the Assistant Director take active roles in the day-to-day operations of the school. At FMCP, we provide your child with a “home away from home” setting in hopes that your child will feel relaxed and content in his/her surroundings. Each child is personally known by each teacher, which makes for a family feeling and extra safety.
With our low ratios, we are able to provide individual attention along with a small group social setting. Our small class sizes enable us to practice our philosophies each day! Children that are a part of a lower ratio feel secure; giving them confidence to experience and try new things! Teachers feel relaxed and enjoy having the opportunity to teach. FMCP is dedicated to maintaining our class sizes, as this is where the quality of our program begins.
Our Mission & Vision
Fort Mill Cooperative Preschool empowers children by offering them a nurturing and developmentally appropriate experience, both within the classroom and nature-based environment. We are a community of learners. In partnership with children, families and educators, we collaborate to construct enriched learning experiences.
FMCP is a program for the “Whole Child.” The responsibility is to provide a service to the community for the highest type of early education through:
A well-organized program that meets physical, emotional, social, and intellectual needs.
A loving, home like/classroom environment
Fully utilizing the physical facilities of Fort Mill, for the benefit of the FMCP community.
For children to enjoy group experiences outside the home
Loving encouragement and guidance of children toward independence, responsibility, and social consciousness
A positive approach to learning
Our Teaching Approach
FMCP is a Reggio-Inspired School. The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational philosophy primarily adopted within preschools and primary education. The Reggio-Inspired approach focuses on a student-centered, constructivist approach that allows the children to have self-directed, experiential learning in a safe, natural environment while meeting the state and licensing requirements for our A+ accreditation. Here at FMCP, we realize that children form their own personality at an early age and learn to express their personalities and ideas in a variety of ways. We strive to allow the children to learn through exploration and discovery while learning and following the principles of respect, responsibility and community.
For more information about Reggio-Inspired Learning and ways you came embrace this educational philosophy at home, please visit:
WHAT IS THE REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH?
WHAT IS REGGIO INSPIRED LEARNING?
5 WAYS KIDS LEARN AT A REGGIO INSPIRED PRESCHOOL
FMCP follows the ASQ-3: Ages & Stages Questionnaires (3rd Ed.) to monitor children’s development in the infant through two-year old classes. In addition to ASQ-3, the teachers in the three-year old through transitional kindergarten classes do other assessments including the public school entry assessment. Every parent/guardian has the opportunity to have a conference with their child’s teacher in the fall and spring of each year. If the parent/guardian would like to see the assessments including art and writing samples (if applicable), they are always welcome to see their child’s portfolio.
I am entering my 15th year at FMCP; initially, teaching in the classroom. Combined with my life-long dream of working with children, that experience has greatly benefitted me in leading the school. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to serve the community in providing a safe environment for the next generation.
I am entering my 13th year at FMCP; having worked in the classroom with every age group as well as in administration. I truly love working in early childhood education and appreciate any occasion to teach and learn from our students. I look forward to every interaction this job affords me; I am blessed to have such a fulfilling job.