About Us


The Big Backyard was founded in 1952 as a cooperative preschool. Located in Mount Airy, our school offers children a place to play and explore at their own pace in an environment that is just their size.

Under the guidance of the school’s director, the Big Backyard fosters the emotional, social, and intellectual growth of children by making each child feel safe, respected and loved. We do so by welcoming diversity, inviting self-expression and demonstrating through words and action that we care for each other.



The Mission of The Big Backyard is to provide a neighborhood, affordable, inclusive cooperative preschool, where the spirit of every child is appreciated and nurtured. Play is valued as a learning opportunity, and parents, teachers and children work together to build a model of community. It provides a safe, loving, joyful early childhood experience.