Admissions: Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to be a member of Rock Spring Congregational Church in order to enroll my child in Rock Spring Cooperative Preschool?

No, the preschool is not affiliated with the church.  The Rock Spring Cooperative Preschool rents space on the church campus and has enjoyed a mutually supportive relationship since 1943.  Children and parents of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome.  If you would like more information about Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, you can email them here.


How do I apply to Rock Spring Cooperative Preschool?

Applications are completed online via our website with the $36 application fee submitted via PayPal (Note: you do not need to have a PayPal account to apply). 


I have two children, do I need to submit separate applications?

Yes. Each child (including twins) will need to complete separate applications and pay the appropriate fee for admission. A separate lottery is held for each class and once a child has accepted an offer of admission to the school, every effort is made to accommodate their sibling. 


How does the lottery and waitlist work?

Every child who has submitted an application and paid the application fee by the application deadline will be entered into a lottery to fill our classes for the upcoming school year and a waitlist will be established after the lottery. Students who are not offered enrollment at the time of the lottery will be notified of their waitlist position by early March. Applications received after the deadline will be added to the end of the appropriate class waitlist. We keep the waitlist on file for the duration of the school year in the event an opening occurs throughout the year.


Priority is given to current students, siblings of current students, alumni members, and Rock Spring Congregational Church members. In the listed order, these priority applicants are given first priority for enrollment. 

My child was on the waitlist last year, do I need to re-apply for the next year?

Yes. We conduct new a new lottery and establish a new waitlist every year.


Is Financial Aid available?

Yes, we do have scholarships available for certified applicants.  To learn more, please contact the Treasurer and Membership Chair.


Where is Rock Spring Cooperative Preschool located?

In North Arlington, at the intersection of Little Falls And Rock Spring Roads.  Follow this link to learn more about our facility.


Are you currently hiring teachers?

Please contact our Vice President for current information about available teaching positions.  Rock Spring Cooperative Preschool's staff currently includes a Director, teachers for several different class sections, a teaching assistant for our Dinosaur Class, a Director's Assistant, and a Resources Teacher, who instructs Music and Movement throughout the year, among many other direct interactions with the students.


How can I contact Rock Spring Cooperative Preschool? 

You can contact Rock Spring with general questions, inquiries about our application process, our programs, and more by emailing our Membership Chair (memberchair@rockspringpreschool.org).