FAQs

What is a cooperative preschool?

A 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 schools with the guidance of a qualified teacher. They share a philosophy that emphasizes the importance of self-esteem in a child’s healthy development that recognizes the value of learning through play.

What are my responsibilities as a coop parent?

Parent participation is essential to the operation of our school. Parents will work a few times a month in the classroom, attend monthly membership meetings throughout the year and hold a non-classroom job. Non-classroom jobs range from garden maintenance to a position on the board. Families are also asked to participate in fundraisers to help keep our tuition low. We have a family maintenance obligation of 3 hours for the year.

How often would parents work in the classroom?

Approximately two to three times per month, depending on enrollment. On those days, you would need to arrive at 8:30 am – 30 minutes before drop-off time, and stay 15-20 minutes after pick-up time, to complete the working parent check list. Your enrolled child can be with you during that time.

What if I can’t work on the day I am scheduled?

Conflicts can arise during you scheduled workday. All we ask is that you find another parent to work on your scheduled day.

What is the student to child ratio and the class sizes?

Each class can have up to 15 children. Each MWF class has one teacher and TTH Busy Bears has two teachers. There will typically be 2-3 assisting parents. However, if enrollment is low, there may only be 1-2 assisting parent. Our ratio is 5:1 or lower.

Does my child need to be toilet trained?

Yes, children need to be toilet trained to attend classes. We ask that you send your child to school with a change of clothes as accidents can occur.

Can I bring my other children with me on a workday?

Siblings cannot be in the classroom with you on your scheduled workdays. Many parents will swap babysitting on their workday.

Do children bring their own snack each school day?

Each child will bring their own snack to school. It is important that the children have nutritious food while at school. We ask the parents to pack 2 healthy snacks and water to drink. We are a peanut free school.

What is the daily schedule for the children?

A typical school day can go as follows:

9:00 am -10:00 am Check-In and Outside Time
Check-in with the teachers, place your belongings in your cubby and meet your friends outside. Outside play offers large muscle play: bikes, balls, play structure as well as easel work, sensory bins and sand play.

10:00 am-10:20 am Clean-up and Prepare for Snack
Children will work cooperatively to help clean up the outside toys. Empty out their shoes and meet on the rug in the classroom. The children will wash their hands and get their snack packs out of their cubby. We will say a prayer before snack.

10:30 am – 11:45 am Snack and Inside Time
Children will join back on the rug after snack time. Share time, music, creative movement and explain the activity. The children will have the opportunity for dress up, sensory table, play dough, blocks, books, etc.

11:45 am – 12:00 am Clean-up, Read a Story and Dismissal