Overlee Preschool - A Parent-Run Cooperative Since 1945

A Parent Cooperative Pre-School


Established in 1945, Overlee seeks to provide a stimulating and happy environment that will help children learn to respect themselves; to respect the feelings, ideas, and rights of others; to make choices, resolve conflicts, and solve problems; and to explore new ways of doing things – with the belief that this will help each child develop as a confident, whole individual. The school respects each child as a unique individual and has planned a program that helps every member of the class develop at his/her own rate – socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually.

Parent Participation

We are a Parent Cooperative (Co-op) and parent participation is the cornerstone of our school.  Parents take ownership at Overlee, working in the classroom and at school events.  Membership is a family experience.  We share aims, benefits, and responsibilities.

Play-Based Learning

For over seventy years we have carried on a tradition of play based learning.  We have adapted a forward-thinking, comprehensive, research-based and research-proven curriculum that makes learning exciting and relevant for every child.


Children have an innate connection to nature.  Being outside supports the open-ended, self-directed play that is critical for their physical and mental development.


Our admissions process begins with the online application.  We have our annual open house in January where you will get a chance to meet other parents.  After that, a group playdate visit is scheduled.

Overlee’s Response to COVID-19

In 2020, we made several adjustments to our normal procedures to keep our staff and children safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.  These adjustments have continued to evolve.  Currently, our classes are held entirely outdoors and make full use of our fantastic playground, surrounding woods, and other outdoor areas to provide our children a safe place to learn and play.  Masks are optional outside, but required for any indoor time on inclement weather days.  All staff and parents are required to be vaccinated.

Overlee Preschool is currently accepting applications. Learn more and apply online in our Admissions Section.
For more information, please reach out to our Membership Chairs at membership@overleepreschool.org.

The Overlee Preschool Association admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Support Overlee

By giving to Overlee, you will not only be supporting our day-to-day activities, but will also help us maintain the programs that make Overlee so special.  In addition, your generosity will support our capital improvement projects which will provide benefits to future birds for years to come.  Overlee Preschool is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.  Your support, in any amount, is greatly appreciated.


“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Winston Churchill

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