Being a part of a co-op preschool is a unique experience. Because of involvement with the school and their child’s education, families create strong support systems, friendships, and further their understanding of young children and child development. A co-op model has three components:
- Working in the classroom: parents support, encourage, play with, and extend children’s experiences in the classroom. Required number of Parent Workdays is relative to how many children are enrolled in the cooperative program. Depending on which class your child is enrolled in, parents can anticipate working anywhere between 1 to 3 times per month.
- Parent Ed: once a month families meet with our resident parent educators from Whatcom Community College to discuss current and relevant topics surrounding parenting, early childhood, and education as well as information regarding working with children in the classroom.
- Family Job: each family is responsible for a job (assigned with input from the family as to best fit) at the preschool. Jobs range from organizing the supply cabinet, maintenance, librarian, scholastic book orders, and fundraising, to board positions such as president and class representative.
Please review the Parent Agreement form for a detailed description on the expectation of parent responsibilities.