"A Place Where Children Can Learn and Grow"


Our structured program is based on the physical, mental, and emotional readiness of three, four, and five year olds.  Our experienced certified teacher and our paraprofessional bring the spirit of fun into the classroom while emphasizing sociability, self-reliance, muscular development and coordination, and an introduction to routine schedules.  Some of the special events your child has an opportunity to experience in the first year are pajama day, Beach party and the well-loved Teddy Bear Picnic.  In your child's second year, there are field trips, a Pow-Wow and Chippewa's creatively performed Circus!  A balance of organized group activities and free-play makes an exciting and fun school experience for your child.

Membership Responsibilities

As the only preschool facility in Midland that is not funded by outside sources (i.e., church affiliation), Chippewa relies on its parents. Chippewa parents help to keep operating costs down by volunteering their skills and talents through such responsibilities as paper cutting, making play dough, or simple tasks such as watering plants. Your time is valuable so Chippewa's responsibilities take very little time and can be done at your convenience.

As with most organizations, Chippewa encourages families to show their support for their child's school by participating in fundraisers each school year. Chippewa also offers a buy-out option for those who are unable or choose not to participate.

Our Facility

Chippewa Cooperative Preschool is a unique and historical site where your children can learn and grow with pride and excellence.

Originally built in 1906, the (then) one-room country schoolhouse was known as the Barrett School of Midland.  In 1940, with one of the earlier efforts of Alden B. Dow, the old school was replaced by a bigger more modern facility and then annexed to the Midland Public Schools in 1955.

Today, the school shines with pride.  As you walk through the 3,000 square foot facility, your senses are stimulated by the bright colorful interior which hosts art tables, an indoor jungle gym, and assortment of educational toys and puzzles, as well as our unique Tricycle Carousel.  The backyard is a 10,000 square foot fenced-in yard with swings, a jungle gym, and a large sand area for play.

Chippewa is unique in the respect that it is owned, operated and maintained by the parents of the children who attend Chippewa Preschool.  It provides parents an opportunity to become more involved in their child's education as well as a stepping stone to lasting friendships for both child and parent.




Two-Day Class (3 yrs old)

This class meets Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:00 to 12:00 p.m. for sixty-five days from September to May.  To be eligible for this class, your child must be three years old by:

September 1st


Calendar days off, in general, correspond with the Midland Public Schools Calendar.

Note: All children must be potty-trained by the first day of school.


Three-Day Class (4 & 5 yrs old)

This class meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 to 12:00 p.m. for ninety-five days from September to May. To be eligible for this class your child must be four years old by:

September 1st


Calendar days off, in general, correspond with the Midland Public Schools Calendar.

Note: All children must be potty-trained by the first day of school.

Enrollment Options

Chippewa offers both cooperative and private enrollment options.


The cooperative option involves parent participation by helping the teacher carry out the day's program.  It gives parents an opportunity to experience their child's growth and development from an educational perspective.



Due to working schedules, younger children at home, or any other reason that may prohibit cooperative participation, Chippewa offers parents a private enrollment option. Private parents pay higher tuition which covers the cost of a paraprofessional who assists the teacher in the classroom. Even if you can't readily or regularly participate in the class, dropping in once in a while is always welcome.


Chippewa Preschool has been licensed by the Department of Consumers and Industry Services (formerly the Michigan Department of Social Services) since 1956 as a daycare facility, meeting all health, sanitation, fire and program requirements.  Representatives of the department serve as advisors to our area councils of cooperative preschools.


Chippewa Cooperative Preschool welcomes children of all ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, or marital status in any aspects of our operations, policies and procedures including, but not limited to enrollment, hiring, termination, educational policies or any other administrative part of our preschool program.

Chippewa Cooperative Preschool is a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Organization

dedicated to the educational developmental growth of

preschool children within Midland MI.