Parents and families often come to Maple Street looking for a place to do more than just drop their child off and pick them up at the end of the day. Our cooperative structure creates a home where families are invited to make art, read books, help clean, troubleshoot the phone lines, teach salsa dance, serve on the school board, and engage wherever they can. Learning to participate in and advocate for their child’s education prepares each parent and caregiver well for kindergarten and beyond.
More than 2,000 families have forged connections at Maple Street over the years. They stay in touch beyond the preschool years. For both current families and alumni, connecting with Maple Street teachers, friends, neighbors, and staff feels like a family reunion, replete with hugs and stories. Chance meetings in the neighborhood are part of the community’s social fabric. Each year about a dozen former students return to our school and work as counselors and assistants.