Welcome to Mundelein Cooperative Preschool!

MCP Blog & News

Registration for Fall 2021

Registration for Fall 2021 opens January 25th to the public. Please call the school (847-949-1899) or email our director Laura Davenport at davenport.laura@gmail.com for a pre-enrollment visit either in person or virtually. We fill up quickly, especially in the AM classes, so we are accepting appointments now. At your visit, you will learn why MCP […]

February Cookie Press

temporarily closed….

Hello MCP friends, we are currently closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. It is our hope to reopen for a summer session in late spring or early summer. The safety of the children and staff is of the utmost concern, we will be following the Department of Children and Family Services, Illinois Department of Public […]

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


Laura Davenport

Our Director 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 classes 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 classes 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.

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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


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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