On January 30, 1969, the Ashwaubenon Cooperative Nursery School was formally organized, a constitution was adopted, officers were elected and plans for the first fund raising event were started. There were sixteen families in attendance at the organizational meeting. We began our first school year with seventy-three participating families in 1969-70.
We, the Ashwaubenon Cooperative Nursery School, were given permission by the Ashwaubenon Recreation Board to use the facilities located in the Ashwaubenon Community Center to house our classes. In September 1983, we were provided new facilities at the Ashwaubenon Village Hall (Old Cormier School).
In 1993, the building went back to the school district and the Ashwaubenon School District provided our space. When the school district decided to renovate Cormier, we were moved to Valley View Elementary School for the 1995-96 school year. At that time we needed to look for other accommodations for the upcoming years. The Ashwaubenon Village Board gave us permission to use the upper level of the Ponderosa Fire Station, which was renovated for our needs.
Many different people have helped to make the Ashwaubenon Cooperative Nursery School a reality since September 15, 1969, when the actual classes began. Over the years we have offered a variety of class schedules, dependent upon the needs of the community. In 2008, the Ashwaubenon Cooperative Nursery School became a partner site of the Ashwaubenon School District’s 4-year-old kindergarten program. The school district used our facility for afternoon classes for the 4K program. We now have sessions of nursery school classes on Tuesday-Thursday mornings. The class sizes are dependent upon, licensing rules, number of teachers, etc. always keeping in mind the needs of the children that we serve.
Effective 2017, we also offer after school care for grade school aged children at our facility through the Ashwaubenon Cooperative After School Program. Students from age 5-12 who attend nearby Pioneer Elementary School can engage in age appropriate activities, participate in homework help, enjoy time with peers in a safe and enjoyable environment after school. We are successful through cooperation and participation from all class families to volunteer and support the program functions.