Frequently Asked Questions
What is a cooperative preschool (or Co-Op)?
A cooperative or parent participation preschool is privately owned, but operated as a non-profit enterprise. It is guided by a volunteer board of directors, composed of elected parent members. It is a place where parents get to engage with their child’s learning on a rotating basis. Trained teachers are in each class and the parents sign up for a certain number of participation days for each 4-6 week schedule. Families also participate by helping on committees, maintaining the facilities, and fundraising for the school. All of these activities keep the cost low for students.
Who is LVPPP for?
It is for students 2 years through 5 years who have families that are eager to be a part of their child’s learning experience. Children must be two years old to start school. Our two year old class has a birthday cut-off of October 31. The State of California cut-off for kindergarten entrance is they must be 5 by September 1.
What and why is play-based learning important?
Learning through play is a term used in education and psychology to describe how a child can learn to make sense of the world around them. Through play children can develop social/emotional, cognitive, large and small motor skills, and mature emotionally to gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments.
When is school in session?
LVPPP is a 10 month program that follows the traditional school calendar, which includes holiday breaks.The typical school day is from 9am-12pm, with an extended day option of 12-2pm, for an additional fee.
What is the student-adult ratio per class?
LVPPP is licensed to have a 5 students per 1 adult ratio in each class.
ADMISSION AND TUITION
Does my child have to be potty trained?
Toddlers in diapers are welcome and when appropriate, the teachers will work with you to help to toilet train your child.
Can I start my child mid-year?
If space is available, we have an open enrollment all year long. Children enrolling for Room 1 must turn 2 no later than October 31st of the current school year and they may not start preschool until their 2nd birthday
Is tuition the same each month?
Yes, the school budget and tuition is based on a ten-month school term. An annual tuition is divided into ten monthly payments
I am interested in the school, what are the next steps?
What if my child has an allergy?
La Verne Parent Participation Preschool aims to practice an allergy conscious environment with the goal of reducing the risk to those students and adults who may suffer a reaction when exposed to the individual’s allergen, when given proper information. While it is not possible to guarantee that the preschool will be completely free of potential hazards to known (and unknown) allergens, the school will strive to create a safe campus for all who attend and visit.
What about vaccinations?
LVPPP follows the state requirements for school vaccinations. Parent helpers in the classroom are also required to submit proof of immunizations.
Can parents visit the school anytime?
LVPPP observes an Open Door Policy. Parents are welcome to call or drop in to see their children at any time during school hours.
Who can participate on behalf of the student?
A parent, grandparent, or caregiver that the family appoints can participate on the assigned days. Appropriate paperwork will need to be filled out for any participant in advance. Background checks and/or fingerprinting may be needed for extended family or non-family members, such as nannies.
Can I bring my younger child or infant when I work in the classroom?
Due to licensing regulations, younger siblings (under 2 years) cannot be with parents at school on their scheduled classroom work days.
How are participation days assigned?
We use a web-based program called signupgenius.com. It is your responsibility to set up an account with them. Before each schedule you will receive an invitation to sign up for the next schedule. Our Friday email will let you know when to anticipate the signups. Follow the instructions on the schedule to sign up for the correct number of participation days. You must sign up for an occasional Housekeeper position, in addition to working in your child's classroom, when assigned by the scheduler.
What are the duties of the Classroom Helper and Housekeeper?
The Classroom Helper duties are posted in each classroom. The Classroom Helper acts as the teacher assistant for the daily activities in the classroom including set-up and clean-up for the day. All families rotate through the Housekeeper position. The duties are posted in the kitchen. The duties include preparing the snack, cleaning, and assisting as needed. The Housekeeper may be responsible for answering the phone and taking messages in the absence of the Office Manager.
What if I cannot work on my scheduled day?
A list of parent substitutes will be available if the family cannot work because of a conflict of some type, illness or injury. Each family is responsible for finding a replacement. Families may trade days or hire a substitute from the sub list for $25.
How much is the Paid Sub Fee, and when should they be paid?
The fee is $25.00 and should be paid by cash on or before the day they work for you.
Why do we have Parent Meetings?
As the owners of a parent co-op, school business is discussed at parent meetings. It is also an opportunity for parent education.tis an ideal time for asking questions, making suggestions, etc. Meetings usually last 1 to 1½ hours. Childcare is usually available for $3 per child with advance sign-ups.
What if I miss a General (Parent) Meeting?
General (Parent) Meetings are mandatory. A missed meeting may be made up by either doing an extra 2 hours of Work Day Maintenance or by having a $50.00 fee added to your tuition bill.
Maintenance Days (Workdays)
What are Saturday Work Maintenance days (workdays)?
Each family is responsible for 8 hours of work-maintenance per year,. All the workdays are scheduled on the school calendar. General maintenance is done on these days (i.e., deep cleaning classrooms, repairs, yard work, etc.).
What are my responsibilities in relation to the fundraisers?
Fundraisers not only keep our tuition low, but also provide funds to buy new equipment and make improvements to our rooms and play yard. You may choose to opt out and have the fundraising goal added to the monthly tuition bill. There are many fundraisers to choose from to help you reach your goals for the year. The family goals will be addressed at Back to School Night.
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