Washing small towels and toys, playing guitars and picking up milk, parents contribute to the Chapel Hill Cooperative Preschool with more than tuition.
CHCP is a nonprofit child care center that supports children as they learn and grow through play. It has two locations: the preschool site that serves children ages 2 to 5 years and the infant/toddler site.
The preschool submitted a new site plan to the Town of Chapel Hill in 2017 to consolidate the two locations, but it's faced a lot of bumps along the way.
Aaron Bachenheimer, vice chairperson of CHCP’s board, said owning one facility is compatible with the school’s development.
“For many years, we’ve thought about having one facility that we own,” he said. “We started looking at the sustainability of paying rent in two locations and having two separate staffs and then looking at the goals and the things we want to accomplish as a school.”
He said the school’s goals are to provide more scholarships to support families and to continue to provide adequate wages and benefits to its teachers.
The school purchased a property on Mt. Carmel Church Road and hired an architecture firm, a civil engineering firm and a contractor to build the school.
Propositions for the new site were brought before the Community Design Commission on Feb. 26 of this year.
“I like the architecture; I think it’s playful and very appropriate for little kids, like the attention to where windows are — I've designed some preschools and Montessori schools and things — those are the kinds of things that kids really appreciate, and I like the use of colors as an information system for the buildings, for the kids,” commissioner Lucy Davis said.