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MCP Blog & News

December Cookie Press 2018

Wow! Look at all the changes in the classroom!

We are very excited to announce we received a generous donation from a former parent, Ed Ashton (2000-2004). We were able to replace much of our old furniture as well as adding new materials and games. At our Open House last Thursday, Mr. Ashton reunited with his boys’ teachers, Mrs. Davenport and Mrs. Golden. We […]

Creativity in the Classroom

Often people consider creativity at the bottom of a list of skills that young children need to have to be successful in school. We tend to think more of their ability to know letters, numbers, writing counting and so forth. But creativity plays a large role in a young child’s development, and is not a […]

Class Offerings

Special Classes

Multi-aged classes expand your child’s educational experiences and are open to children of all ages!

Tuesday-Thursday 3’s & 4’s

Our approach to learning and teaching is through child centered play and education. Watch your child grow and learn with joy in this class.

Monday-Wednesday-Friday 4’s & 5’s

With a wide range of activities including arts, Kindergarten readiness, imaginative play and physical activities, our staff will engage your children.

Meet Our Teachers

Carol Boyce

One of our Co-Directors, has enjoyed several years in the field of education.  She likes that every day is different with young children. There is never a dull moment!  Graduating with a degree in elementary education, Carol has taught everything from preschool to fourth grade in the public schools of Michigan and Florida.  Following her master’s degree in education, majoring in administration & supervision, and a break to raise two young children, she directed the Libertyville Cooperative Nursery School for nineteen years.  Currently, she is very much enjoying working at the Mundelein Cooperative Preschool, teaching education and history courses at the College of Lake County, and working part time as a paralegal.


Laura Davenport

Our Co-Director and MWF AM and T-TH AM teacher graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in early childhood education. She began her career in early childhood special education working with developmentally delayed preschoolers, then in a social service child care setting for 7 years. In addition Laura also has extensive experience working on parent education, helping families understand their children’s behavior and stages. Laura has 3 adult children and joined the MCP staff in 1992. Laura and her Husband reside in Mundelein.

Laura Vogt 

Laura joined the staff in August, 2012. She is the MWF PM and T-TH PM Teacher. She has a degree in Elementary Education, and taught middle school. Laura and her husband live in Mundelein with their 3 daughters. Laura is a Mundelein High School School Board member.

Dawn Brown 

Dawn joined the staff in August of 2013 and is our T-TH Assistant Teacher. Dawn and her husband live in Mundelein and have 2 daughters, both MCP alumni. Dawn has been a parent and a board member in the preschool.

Jill Hughes

Jill joined the staff in 2014, she is our MWF Assistant Teacher. Jill also was a parent in the school and President of our school’s board. Jill and her husband live in Round Lake with their two daughters.

Classroom Facilities

The school is located in a cozy home renovated to meet all licensing, fire and safety regulations. Our classroom occupies the first floor, with a small kitchenette, office and a child sized restroom facility, in addition to a handicapped restroom.

Our Classroom

Every class at MCP is taught using a play based curriculum. This means the classroom is set up to maximize development in every area. From dress-ups, the play kitchen, sensory table, large and small motor areas, library, areas for block building, writing and creative art, you can be sure your child’s classroom is set up to meet the creative needs of your child.

Each class uses monthly or biweekly themes to keep new play opportunities at the forefront. Materials around the classroom are changed frequently. This engages the children and reflects their emergent interests in the thematic and integrated curriculum. For example, during an ocean theme there will be sand and seashells or blue tinted water complete with whale families in the sensory table. Children will sing about beluga whales, pretend to go fishing using magnets, sort shells by type and play counting games using small plastic fish


Outdoor Play Areas


Located near the building is a large, pleasant, shaded fenced playground with climbing, sliding apparatus and small houses for creative play. There is plenty of space to run, climb and play in our large sandbox. A beautiful yard with large trees surround the playground area providing opportunities to explore nature.

What The Parents Say

When we were looking for preschools, we wanted a nurturing, developmentally appropriate play based program. As a parent and teacher, it was imperative for our children to be in an environment that stimulated growth intellectually, socially and emotionally. We are grateful for our experience at MCP, our children have a love of learning which we attribute to the foundation that was built at MCP.

-Jen, former parent

The Co-op was a wonderful place for my son to begin his school experience. He was greeted by warm enthusiastic teachers in a cozy one room environment. My child felt safe to explore. The adult-child ratio, thoughtful planning and consistency helped our son to blossom.

-Robin, former parent

MCP was a huge part of our lives for 6 years, all 3 of our children attended and loved every minute. The teachers were kind and caring and treat each of my children as the individuals they are. Each was loved and nurtured in a speial way that made them love school and learning.

-Diane, former parent

Your Children

Your children have a safe and fun place to learn at Mundelein Cooperative Preschool.  Every day when children walk through our doors, they are greeted with a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

  • CPR/First Aid certified teachers
  • Individualized attention
  • Excellent adult to student ratio
  • Parent board


MCP is maintained with safety in mind. Materials and equipment are regularly inspected; doors are locked upon student arrival and we are a peanut free school to accommodate children with peanut and/or tree nut allergies. All staff is certified in CPR and have first aid training.


MCP teachers work hard to provide a stimulating and challenging environment that every child will enjoy and look forward to each school day. Discipline is taught through conflict resolution and self regulation. Children thrive and grow at MCP!


We use the latest in educational research to develop our curriculum, ensuring each child’s needs are met individually. Our children leave this program ready to go, head to toe!

Your child’s safety, education and well-being is our highest priority