Scottsdale United Methodist preschool celebrates 50th anniversary


Scottsdale United Methodist Cooperative Preschool (submitted photo)

Scottsdale United Methodist Cooperative Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten is celebrating 50 years of education.

SUMCP provides a unique, play-based environment where twice monthly parents assist teachers in the classroom, providing them with a rare chance to spend time with their child and play an important role in their nurturing and development.

Cooperatives are an attractive choice among preschools, as they are affordable and offer some of the smallest teacher/student ratios, with a 1:8 ratio for 2-year-old children; 1:12 for 3-year-old children; and 1:14 for four-year-old children, according to a press release.

“Scottsdale United Methodist preschool is a treasured tradition in Scottsdale,” stated interim preschool director Angel Hollingsworth, in the release. “We have had the pleasure of serving multiple generations of families throughout the years. By including the parents in their child’s education, we have built a solid community of well-rounded students and likeminded families who build lifelong friendships. SUMCP is truly a gem of Scottsdale.”

Scottsdale United Methodist preschool is a longstanding mission of the church. Since 1965, the organizations have worked in tandem, supporting each other and serving the greater community.

“When the preschool opened 50 years ago, it was a brand new concept,” stated Pastor Don Benton, in the release.

“Since then, we’ve been a model for cooperative preschools around the country. We are one of the oldest preschools in the Valley and I am constantly meeting former graduates who fondly remember their time spent here. Today, we have some of the finest teachers, parents and kids to continue that legacy. I’m honored to be a part of this special community.”

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