What’s in it for the parents?
1. A co-op is a parent’s school as much as it is a child’s school. Parents work in it, give their energy and ideas to it, and help to shape it and make it whatever it becomes by putting themselves into the school.
2. Co-op parents see, on a regular basis, their child’s behavior in the group, they see other children’s behavior, and they see a school program at work.
3. Co-op parents tend to be hipped on good education. They don’t want the ordinary: they want the very best for their children.
4. The co-op parents' own lives take on more significance because they are “in” on such a vital process of helping a child grow.
5. Co-op parents find new friends for themselves at school.
6. A cooperative nursery always costs less than a comparably good private school. Co-op parents pour their time, energy, sweat, and skills into their school.
What’s in it for the children?
1. Co-ops usually have more adults present than do standard nursery schools with the trained teacher on-hand plus several working parents.
2. There is more of a chance for individual attention at cooperative preschools. There can also be a greater richness and variety in the co-op programs.
3. In a co-op, “school” doesn’t stop at the end of the school day, nor does it end on Friday. A co-op child is apt to be surrounded by a common point of view twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week.
4. The child is apt to get more consistency in guidance and more richness in stimulation.
Working parent or designee must work in classroom as an assistant. This is at least twice per month. Working parents are to arrive by at least 8:50 AM in order to help prepare for the day’s activities. FIA/Child abuse and neglect clearance is mandatory by the state of Michigan for any adult working in the classroom.
Working parents please expect to stay approximately 15-20 minutes after class to help clean up. Cleaning should be done after class, unless otherwise directed by the teacher. (Your child may read or play quietly while you are setting up and cleaning up.)
Provide a healthy snack for the class about once each month.
Hold a job within the preschool.
Participate in one cabin clean-up per child enrolled. This takes approximately 3-4 hours and is usually on a Saturday morning. Children are not allowed at cabin clean-up. Feel free to invite other adults to help make the task go faster.
Attend mandatory monthly General Membership Meetings. Meetings are held in the evenings and plan for 1 to 1-1/2 hours (no children please).
Participate in fundraising activities to raise a minimum profit per child of $150 or a tax-deductible donation may be made for the entire amount or a portion of the requirement. Of course, many families go on to raise additional funds, which are then added into our general budget to purchase more for the school/students. Fundraising is a vital source of operating income for our preschool!! Our teacher's salary, operating expenses, insurance, utilities, and school supplies are partially covered by fundraising dollars. We appreciate and are very thankful for everything we receive and want to THANK ALL OF OUR FAMILIES FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT!
THE FIRST TEACHER
As your childs' first teacher, you play a big part in how well your son or daughter does in school.
PARTNER WITH US
We invite you to work with our school to help students get all they can out of their growing years.