Ann Arbor Nursery Inc. (AANI) operates as a cooperative preschool where the parents participate fully in the school’s program – from hiring the teacher to assisting in the classroom. Being part of a cooperative preschool demands time and energy, but the rewards are well worth the investments. Parents learn from each other, support each other and develop close and lasting friendships. It is a unique experience for children and parents.


Four parents assist the teacher in the classroom each day, which means each family is responsible for an average of 10-12 assist days per semester. Assist parents help set up, provide snacks, supervise projects and play, and clean up. Assist duties rotate throughout the semester.

Job Assignment

In addition to assisting in the classroom, each family is assigned a job essential to the operation of the school. Jobs include field trips coordinator, assist day scheduling, website maintenance, pet care, treasurer, and membership coordinator.

All members are required to attend:

  • Fall orientation and general membership meeting
  • Spring general membership meeting
  • Monthly room group meetings
  • One classroom cleanup per year
  • Monthly board meetings are required for board members and optional for all other members.

Social Activities

The social chairperson plans various fun events throughout the year both for families and for parents only. Previous activities have included:
  • Family potluck at a local park
  • Parents' Night Out
  • Family swims
  • Bowling
  • Summer Wednesdays at local parks

Need More Information?

For more information, to arrange a tour of the school, or to request that an application be mailed to you, please contact our Membership Chair at: | (734) 769-7966

2018 - 2019 Application Form
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We currently have openings in both the 3’s and 4’s class for fall 2018. Please contact the membership chair at for more information.


Becoming a Member

To become a member of Ann Arbor Nursery Inc., please submit a membership application along with a nonrefundable $35 application fee. Ann Arbor Nursery Inc. recognizes and welcomes all families. We do not discriminate based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.


For the 2016-2017 school year, the tuition is $600 per semester. payable in three installments of $200. There are 2 semesters in a school year. Tuition is prorated for those students starting after the beginning of the semester. Once admitted to the school, each family pays a $50 admission fee per child to confirm the child’s spot in the class.

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Sibling Nursery

the opportunity to participate in our sibling nursery to assist with child care on their regular assist days. Sibling Nursery participants pay an additional $25 per semester.

Additional Expenses

We have an optional Sunshine Fund to help purchase gifts for our teacher and for Ann Arbor Nursery families with special circumstances. We collect $20 each semester per family for the school year to cover field trip expenses. Unused field trip money is returned to families at the end of the year. We have no fundraising requirement.