POE COOPERATIVE NURSERY SCHOOL (POE-CO) offers every child a learning environment designed to foster creativity, confidence, and independence. This environment supports the developing child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth in a manner specific to the needs of each student. Children are encouraged to select their own activities, express themselves, and explore materials and situations as they are ready.


Poe Cooperative Nursery School is licensed by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, and our Director, teachers, and staff meet all requirements and standards set by their licensing branch of Human Services. Poe-Co standards far exceed the minimum standards set by the state.

NAEYC Accreditation

In 1990-91, Poe-Co underwent the strenuous program of accreditation by the N.A.E.Y.C. (National Association of the Education of Young Children). In April, 1991, Poe-Co became the first parent cooperative preschool to achieve N.A.E.Y.C. accrediation. This prestigious recognition has been achieved by about only 5% of early childhood programs nationwide.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (N.A.E.Y.C.) accreditation is a rigorous, voluntary process by which early childhood programs demonstrate that they consistently meet national standards of excellence. Child care centers, preschools, kindergartens, and first grade programs are eligible to seek NAEYC accreditation. Approximately 8,000 programs are engaged in seeking accreditation.

Programs seeking accreditation undergo an intensive self-study collecting information from parents, teachers, administrators and classroom observations. They receive an on-site visit conducted by early childhood professionals specially trained by N.A.E.Y.C. to validate their self-study results. All of this information is independently reviewed by a team of national experts who grant or defer accreditation. Poe-Co was re-accredited by the NAEYC in 1994, 1997, 2000.  In 2003 and 2008, Poe-Co achieved 5-year accreditations.

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