Who We Are
Academic Pathways Cooperative Preschool is located in Livonia, Michigan. We offer a developmentally appropriate mix of academic preparation and play-based learning. Our Preschool is a non-profit organization, and because it is a co-op, it offers affordable tuition and free babysitting swap program for younger siblings of assisting parents.
You will be respected
You will be listened to
You have the right to cry if you are hurt or scared
You have the right to ask for a hug or a hand to hold at any time
Your questions will be listened to and answered honestly
You will be safe
What is a Co-op Preschool?
A cooperative preschool is a non-profit organization owned and operated by the parents of the children enrolled. Together, the members shape the direction and policies of the schools with the guidance of a qualified teacher. They share a philosophy that emphasizes the importance of self esteem in a child’s healthy development that recognizes the value of learning through play.
Benefits of Cooperative Preschools
- Parent involvement with children in a hands on learning environment
- Parents assist the teacher by working in the classroom on a rotating basis.
- Sharing special times and memories with your child
- Being a part of a small business that is run by the members
- An opportunity to meet other parents of young children
- Support during the joyous and trying times of child rearing
- A place to make use of your talents
- Access to experts on child development at educational conferences
Cooperative preschool teachers are warm, caring people who respect young children and their parents, relate easily to them, and help provide a safe, nurturing environment where children can learn and grow.
About Our Teacher: Miss Sally
HELLO!! I am Sally Freed, “Miss Sally,” and I am the Teacher here at APCP!
I live right here in Livonia (where I was born and raised) with my husband for 23 yrs., Doug, and our four children. My husband, Doug, is The Director of Transfer Students at WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY. Tommy, our oldest, is 21 yrs. old! Tom is an avid rock climber and loves to travel all over the country to climb mountains! He is employed by REI a perfect fit for his life passion of climbing! Amy is 20 yrs. old, A Private First Class in THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS!! We are so proud of Amy and her amazing success in the Marines! Amy is currently deployed in Okinawa! James is 17 yrs. old and is a student at Stevenson High School (my Alumni!). James loves to skateboard & snowboard! My baby, Kimmy, is now 15 yrs. old! She also attends Stevenson! Kimmy plays basketball for her school! Finally ~ the love of my life is our spunky Chihuahua mix, Cosmo! (The CUTEST puppy on the planet!)
This is my 9th year here at APCP and I am THRILLED to be the head teacher! I have decades of experience working with children. I graduated from both Schoolcraft College and Madonna University in Child Development. I have experience in Early Childhood Development, Special Education, Kindergarten programs, School Age Day Camps, Vacation Bible Schools, Homeschooling and I have even mentored College Students enrolled in the Schoolcraft College Child Development Program, where I was employed as the Co-Director & Head Teacher at the College’s Child Care Center. My husband and I are also very involved in the Community with Coaching, Volunteering & supporting our children’s very active school and sporting lives! So, you may see me…..or more likely HEAR ME at the local schools, parks, fields, gyms, etc.!!
I completely believe every child is unique and has their own individual learning styles, personalities and strengths. I am a big advocate for these individual learning styles and so I LOVE to find and use teachable moments in non-traditional ways! I am looking forward to another wonderful and special year at Academic Pathways! WELCOME TO OUR FAMILY!
About Our Teacher: Miss Nancy
Hello, my name is Nancy Szuszman, Miss Nancy. I am very pleased to be here at APCP as Miss Sally’s teacher aide in the 3 and 4 year program. I am looking forward to getting acquainted with you and your child.
I have been married to my husband John for 23 years and have two children, Jessica, age 18 and Jared age 15. I have lived in the Metro area my entire life. I also enjoy crafting, volunteering at my church, attending hockey games and occasionally reading a good book.
I have 25 years of experience in working with children of all ages. I have an associates degree in Child Development from Ferris State College and a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University. Early in my career I spent some time working at the preschool level. I also worked as a teacher in the early elementary classroom for many years. In more recent years I have been a caregiver to children ages infant to 4 years in my home. I am currently the director of an after school latchkey program for children kindergarten through eighth grade.
I have a genuine love for young children and have thoroughly enjoyed all my experiences working in childcare and education. I enthusiastically welcome this opportunity to be a part of your childs early learning experience and look forward to an exciting year at APCP.