WHAT IS A CO-OP?
In a cooperative school, parents work at the school along with the teacher to help children make the transition from home to the school environment for the first time. Parents are actively involved with the children in the classroom, helping them with art projects, reading to them, and supervising their play. Instead of paying high tuition costs, parents perform the duties of staff, cleaning crew, administration, and teacher's aides.
Cooperative schools require a commitment of both time and energy, but the rewards are great. Your child has the opportunity to socialize with a multi-age group of children and share this special time with his/her parent several days a month. A co-op is more than a place for kids - it's a vital support network where you can share your experiences with other parents.
Taking part in a cooperative preschool allows you to be directly involved with your child’s early education.
Parents are able to supervise their child with the teacher guaranteeing each child is safe and receiving the best instruction available.
Interacting with a community of other parents who share your commitment to early childhood experiences, as well as receiving modeling by the teacher while you work, gives you opportunities to learn alongside your child.
Most importantly, choosing a cooperative preschool gives you extra time to bond with your child and create memories together. Your child will always know that education is important to your family because you live it every day.