LEXINGTON KY 40503-1930
Contact Information
LEXINGTON , KY 40503 1930
Phone (859) 276-6350
Contact Name Mary Brenzel
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1972
Financial Summary
Mission Statement

Fayette Cooperating Preschool and Kindergarten serves children ages two through six, providing outstanding early childhood education programs in a unique environment where parents work alongside teachers and are directly involved in all aspects of the school.

Background Statement
Co-op is a non-profit, non-discriminatory, independent educational institution established in 1951, licensed by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The foundation of our school is direct parent involvement and we are the only parent-teacher cooperative preschool in Central Kentucky.
We believe that children are best prepared for academic learning when they have had rich experiences in hands-on, play-based learning. Positive approaches and constructive choices are integral to the philosophy of our school. At Co-op, we strive to help young children develop the skills and confidence they need to work well with others, respect themselves and others, approach learning with an attitude of involvement and active engagement, use their own initiative in exploring new learning situations, have a strong sense of their own worth and the valuable contributions that each individual brings to a group, and make good choices for themselves. The curriculum and facilities are carefully designed to meet the social, intellectual, emotional, and physical needs of children.
Impact Statement

The Fayette Cooperating Preschool and Kindergarten is a parent cooperative preschool,  owned and operated by the parents. Teacher/parent collaboration creates a special classroom environment, allowing us to provide an extraordinary first school experience for young children in central Kentucky. Our program nurtures the entire family and provides education for the parents as well. 

 In the past year, we met our goal of ensuring that a child's eligibility to participate in our programs was not hindered by financial constraints; therefore, financial aid was awarded to almost fifteen percent of our students. 
Our preschool proudly sponsored Lexington's Fourth of July Festival, using volunteers to operate a tent offering free children's activities during the community celebration.
Co-op's goals for the current year include:
  •  Structuring our program offerings to meet the changing needs of our families, with special attention to more flexible schedules/afternoon offerings.
  • Acquiring funding to renovate our playgrounds and to begin creating more natural playscape environments
  •  Achieving an even greater diversity level within the organization regarding race, religion, socioeconomic status, etc.


Geographic Areas Served
Our preschool serves families from the Central Kentucky region. The school is located in Lexington, but families come from surrounding cities and counties to participate in our unique program. For example, we have enrolled students from Lexington, Nicholasville, Midway, Frankfort, Richmond, Berea, Winchester, Georgetown, and Paris.
Board Chair
Board Chair Katie Havelda-Dent
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term June 2015 to May 2016
Board Members
Megan Davis Community VolunteerVoting
Hannelore Elliott Fayette County Public SchoolsVoting
Angie Elser Stantec, Inc.Voting
Katie Havelda-Dent Community VolunteerVoting
Scott Lancaster GreenHouse 17Voting
Donna Lee Community VolunteerVoting
Barry Walling Baptist HospitalVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1 Romanian
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mary Brenzel
Term Start Aug 2002
Email coopschool51@gmail.com
Co-CEO Stephanie Cooperating Hamilton
Term Start Aug 2015
Email coopschool51@gmail.com
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 11
Volunteers 120
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually

 The Fayette Cooperating Preschool offers high quality early childhood education to children of preschool age.  Our school is a parent cooperative preschool, administered and maintained by the parents on a non-profit, non-sectarian basis.  Within the Preschool Program, two different types of classes are offered for children ages 2-5:  Twos/Threes classes and Preschool/PreK classes.  

Co-op offers a class specifically for Twos/Threes.   The Twos/Threes program provides an excellent first school experience. Children learn through creative, hands-on, interactive experiences. Teachers emphasize gentle and consistent limits in a safe, loving and nurturing environment. Children attend either one or two mornings per week.
 The second group of classes offered at the school, our Preschool/PreK classes, are multi-age, with children ranging from three to five years old. Children attend class three hours per day, two to five days a week. Class hours are 8:30am to 11:30am at both our Rosemont Garden and Clays Mill campuses. We also offer an afternoon Preschool/PreK class from 12:15-3:15 pm at our Clays Mill campus.                                                              
At all levels of the programs, parents assist the professional teachers in the classroom on a rotating basis and participate in the educational program of all the children.  Each family shares in the business operation of the school, thus making it truly a cooperative venture.
Budget 193000
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), ,

Camp Co-op offers several sessions each summer for children ages 3 through 8. The teachers plan many hands-on activities in art, nature, cooking, music, drama, and literature which can be explored at varying levels by children at different stages of development.  Each session has a theme, but campers always have time for lots of free play, for reading a book in the shade or for examining an interesting plant on our wonderful playground.  Camp Co-op provides an exceptional experience for young children.

Budget 9500
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments Children have an innate desire for knowledge and in Co-op's thoughtfully prepared environments, the child initiates his/her own learning experience. When you visit a Co-op classroom, at first glance you may think you are witnessing children at play. But if you look closely, what you will see are budding young scientists and artists immersed in their own (very important) work. We believe that creativity, imagination, and discovery are the foundations of lifelong learning and success.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $258,780.00
Projected Expenses $258,780.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$976$0$0
Individual Contributions$1,805$6,711$935
Investment Income, Net of Losses$260$281$247
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$18,487$7,469$17,893
Revenue In-Kind--$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$190,156$166,576$192,893
Administration Expense$37,478$28,917$30,499
Fundraising Expense$2,063$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.201.111.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%85%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$216,145$169,992$148,073
Current Assets$210,819$164,271$142,328
Long-Term Liabilities--$0$0
Current Liabilities--$0$0
Total Net Assets$216,145$169,992$148,073
Form 990s
2015 Form 990
2014 Form 990
2013 Form 990
2012 990 2012
2011 990EZ 2012
2010 990EZ
2009 Form 990
2008 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
LEXINGTON , KY 405031930
Primary Phone 859 276-6350
Contact Email coopschool51@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Mary Brenzel
Board Chair Katie Havelda-Dent
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer