How does a co-op preschool work?
A co-op preschool offers a unique educational experience consisting of a child-centered preschool setting with adult-centered lectures and discussion groups. In the preschool classrooms, parents become active partners in their children’s education. Your child will attend a class from one to three days a week, depending on their class and age.
On one of the days your child attends, you will attend with them and are asked to participate in the hands-on learning environment of the classroom as well as a Parent Education session. That day, you are considered a “working” member and be the representative for your “work” group which consists of 3-4 members who alternate days throughout the week. Should you be unable to attend your “work” day, you will need to find another member who can take your place for that day.
Because being a caregiver at a Coop Preschool means being a part “owner” of the preschool, members equally share the work of maintaining the preschool, fundraising, attending meetings and participating by serving on committees.