What is a co-op?



What is a co-op?  A cooperative preschool is one that is fully operated by a community that includes parents, teachers, and staff.  Parents support the school by helping in the classroom and applying their individual talents toward their assigned committees.

In an cooperative school, a parent is in every classroom, every day, assisting teachers to help students the valuable tools that will make them great learners in elementary school and beyond.  Teachers make the lesson plans and follow the designated curricula, and parents assist in any way they can to make the day go smoothly.  Sometimes that means a parent helps prepare materials for a science project, other times it means encouraging involvement and redirecting distractions.

Outside the classroom, the cooperative model means that parents are involved in the day-to-day operations of the school in a variety of ways.  While the teachers and staff manage each day, each family contributes its time working on a committee that supports a specific activity that helps the school run.  For example, our Membership Committee makes sure that families who are current and prospective members have everything they need to get and stay enrolled.  That means they distribute class descriptions, membership requirements, and enrollment applications.  They deliver and explain tuition payment schedules, process all of the enrollment paperwork, monitor requirements for Co-oping Parents, and more.  Each family plays a vital role in the operation of the school.