What is a co-op?
A co-op, or 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 school with the guidance of qualified teachers. They share a philosophy that emphasizes the importance of self-esteem in a child’s healthy development and that recognizes the value of learning through play. Parents run the school and work together to make sure everyone attends workdays, does their assigned jobs within the preschool, and meets all membership requirements which make the school run smoothly.
What do I need to do to enroll my child?
Begin by filling out the Application Form. Upon acceptance, you will need to complete the Enrollment Packet and additional forms (health information, etc.) which will be provided to you by our Membership Chairperson.
Does my child need to be toilet trained?
Although we strongly encourage your child to be toilet trained, it is not mandatory. We understand that children develop at their own rate. Each child and situation is different. Please feel free to discuss your child’s situation with the teacher.
How often will I need to work in my child’s class?
On average, you will work about 3-5 times a month in your child’s classroom. Different requirements exist for parents of multiples. If you are unable to work on a scheduled day, it is your responsibility to arrange for a substitute.
Can I bring my other children with me when I am working?
Due to licensing requirements, children who are not actively enrolled in the program cannot stay with you while you are working. During special activities such as holiday parties and field trips, siblings and other family members are usually welcome to attend. The teachers will let you know in advance if there are any exceptions.
What other time commitments are there?
Classroom Work Days: Each family must have at least one adult available to work in the classroom 2-4 times a month. This requirement varies based on the total number of children enrolled in a given class each year. Any individual working in the classroom must be background checked, fingerprinted and complete two state required health and safety trainings. Typically families have a parent work in the classroom but we have also had grandparents or other adult families members are also welcome to serve in this role.
Job Assignment: Each family will be assigned a job (families with multiples may have more than one). Just a few examples include: Field Trip Coordinator, Playdough Chef, Storage Room Organizer, Librarian, and more.
Monthly Meeting: There is a General Meeting held once a month which must be attended by at least one parent. Only nursing infants can be brought to these meetings; arrangements should be made for the care of your other children during the meeting.
Clean-Up: Participation in at least one clean-up session is also required. These sessions take place four times per year. If you are unable to attend the clean-up session scheduled for your class, you may make arrangements to attend another session.
What are the age requirements/cut-offs?
All children must be at least three or four by September 1st, for the three year-old and four year-old class or to attend 4 year old Enrichment. Toddlers must be 18 months – 36 months old by September 1st to attend the Fall Tot class, 18-36 months old by January 1st to to attend the Winter session or 18-36 months old by April 1st to attend the Spring the Parent Tot class.
When can I register?
Applications for returning families begin on February 1st. Applications from the public will begin on February 16. The application period will continue until the class is full. Waiting lists will be started for any class that exceeds 15 for the three year old’s, and four year old’s.
How much does it cost?
- Tuition is $100.00 per month for Three’s, and $130.00 per month for Four’s. There are 9 months of school. A non-refundable registration fee of $100.00 is required with your application. Tot classes are $100 per 10 week session. There is no application fee for the Tot class.
- Each family is responsible for meeting a fundraising goal which is based on enrollment and is determined at the beginning of the school year. This can vary from $100-150 a year. If you prefer not to participate in the fundraising activities, you have the option of covering this cost yourself.
Additional expenses include:
- Clean-Up deposit of $25.00 (included in your registration fee and refunded after your participation in a mid-year or year-end clean-up session)
- Providing an individual snack for your child (3’s)
- Providing a packed lunch for your child (4’s)
- Optional activities such as field trips (cost varies, generally $4.00-$15.00)
- Providing a tote bag for your child to carry work to and from school.
The school is located in a church. Is it a religious school?
We welcome families of any and all beliefs (we do say a simple Grace before snack).
CAN I VISIT THE SCHOOL BEFORE ENROLLING?
Yes! We have Open House dates during the year, or you can arrange a tour by contacting our Membership Chair or President.