“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children, play is serious learning.  Play is really the work of childhood.”


– Fred Rogers

“Play is the highest form of research.”

– Albert Einstein

“Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.”

– Jean Piaget

“Our flexibility and willingness to follow a child’s lead will allow remarkable things to happen, if we let them.”

– Bev Bos

Since 1961, the UU Early Education Cooperative (UUEEC) preschool has provided a quality education program to Valley children and their families.

The purpose of a cooperative early education program is to bring parents and children together in a learning environment that supports children’s growth and to provide a community of support in parenting.

This philosophy and the activities and curriculum are based on research and experience on how children learn and the best environments to foster their growth.

We believe:

…a parent is a child’s first teacher.

…the best academic environment for a young child is a play based environment.

…each unique stage of development should be celebrated and not rushed—we believe in the gift of time.

…it really does take a whole village to raise a child!

In the News

"Let the Kids Learn Through Play"
- The New York Times, May 2015

"Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School"
- The Atlantic, June 2014

"Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives"
- The New York Times, July 2015


Our school is committed to a hands-on, child-initiated curriculum in which all aspects of a child’s cognitive, social/emotional, linguistic, creative and physical development are promoted through developmentally appropriate practice. Each child is valued as a unique and capable individual. We establish a warm, flexible environment where children are encouraged to make their own choices, to be responsible for their own behavior and to respect the physical and spiritual space of others.


Parents receive support and guidance in the evolution of their parenting skills through monthly education classes, staff modeling of positive language and parenting techniques, and their own participation in the classroom. Informed parenting is fostered with the goal of instilling a life-long commitment to their children’s education and overall development.


We believe in the importance of raising children in community and intentionally foster relationships that we hope will last a lifetime for both children and parents alike.


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UU Early Education Cooperative Preschool
4027 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253     |     p: 602-840-8400 x 233      |     eecdirector@phoenixuu.org