Participation is the key word in making our co-op preschool run smoothly and effectively. Participation includes:
Classroom Assistant - Each family participates in the classroom as an assistant. The family’s participation assistant is a designated participant or immediate family member. The assistant helps the teacher with the duties of the classroom. In the Monday/Wednesday/Friday program each family may work 3-4 times per 4-6 week schedule, per child, and the Tuesday/Thursday program 2-3 times per 4-6 week schedule, per child. The scheduler determines how many days needed for the month and divides them among the families.
Fundraising - Participation in fundraising provides the students with the needed funds for a great learning environment while allowing families to use their communities to help raise the resources needed. There are many fundraisers to choose from to meet each family’s goal. Half of fundraising requirement is needed by January and the second half must be met by May. Families also have the option of buying out of fundraising and having it added to the monthly tuition bill.
School Improvement and Maintenance days - Families participate on scheduled work-maintenance days 4 hours per family each semester (totaling 8 hours per year). General maintenance, including improvement projects on these days (i.e., deep cleaning classrooms, repairs, yard work, etc.) to keep our co-op preschool clean and safe.
Parent Education Meetings - Parent meetings provide communication and involvement by at least one parent to stay up-to-date with decisions as well as being a part of the decision-making process for the school. Parent Education meetings are an opportunity to educate and discuss relevant education and family topics.
Special Event - All families work a 1 ½ hour shift at one major school event (i.e. Halloween Party, Open House, etc.), or they can provide a substitute. Each family also helps with two hospitality events (ie. Set up or clean up for Spring Fling or parent meetings).
Board or Committee Jobs - Every family participates as a member of the Board or serve on a Committee (hospitality, marketing, laundry, etc.).
Benefits from Parent Participation
Learn new skills
Make new friends and be a part of an intentional community
Share in your child's early education
Become aware of your child's strengths & challenges
Build your support system
Have some fun
Parent Participation Preschool | What is a Co-op
A cooperative (co-op) preschool is a run and often owned by the parents that have their children enrolled, enforcing parent volunteers to staff the school. Parents are on the board, the staff, and as volunteers. This makes the non-parent staff accountable and responsible (more-so than a for-profit school). We are located in La Verne, but service the San Dimas, Claremont, Glendora, Azusa, Pomona, and Covina areas. Our parents come from all around to be a part of something better.