So, how does this all work?
We know. So many questions. Let's see if we can't answer a few for you.
What exactly is a Co-op preschool?
A cooperative preschool gives parents the opportunity to participate in the classroom experience with their children in exchange for a reduced tuition cost. Between one to three times per month for the Red and Yellow classes, and once a month for the Pre-K Green class. Parents also are required to sign up once yearly for one of the routine classroom "deep cleans."
What do I do in the classroom?
Working parents prepare snacks, assist with the drop-off and pick-up process, and aid in the general class instruction. Parents will be coached by the teaching staff on how to help the little ones in a way that encourages them to find their own solutions to challenges.
What else is expected of me?
In addition to working in the classroom parents will have a choice of joining a "time-and-talent" group to plan an event (such as the winter ball) or signing up for a chair position. The school-wide chair positions include things like scholastic book sales to school members, fund-raising, enrollment, etc. The school board meets monthly and attendance by the board members and chair holders is required. All parents are encouraged to attend the board meetings.
Yes! There are some annual favorites like apple picking or a trip to the critter barn. At least one parent is required to attend.