For New Parents:

  1. What is a Cooperative Preschool?
  2. When are the classes?
  3. What is the maximum class size?
  4. What are the fees?
  5. What is a duty day?
  6. What type of job are parents expect to do?

For Current Parents:

  1. When are the classes?
  2. What is the maximum class size?
  3. What are the fees?
  4. What is a duty day?
  5. What if I can’t make my duty day?
  6. What if I can’t do the duty days, because I work?
  7. Can I bring siblings to my duty days?
  8. Why do we fundraise?
  9. What type of job are parents expect to do?

 


For New Parents:

1. What is a Cooperative Preschool?

A group of families organized to provide their children with a quality preschool experience. The preschool is administered and maintained by the parents on a non-profit basis under the guidance of a qualified Early Childhood Educator. Parents assist in the classroom and participate in the children’s education program that emphasizes “Learning Through Play”.

2. When are the classes?

The 3’s class is Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 9:15 am to 12:15 pm.

The 4’s class is Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings from 9:15 am to 1:15 pm.

3. What is the maximum class size?

15 children in the 3’s classes

The 3’s class is led by our ECE, Leasa Gatschene and supported by our assistant ECE, Angela Pagnotta on Tuesday’s and our assistant ECE, Claire Hatcher on Thursday’s, along with one duty parent.

20 children in the 4’s class

The 4’s class is led by our ECE, Leasa Gatschene and supported by our assistant ECEs, Claire Hatcher and Angela Pagnotta, along with one duty parent.

4. What are the fees?

Fees are described in detail here.

5. What is a duty day?

A duty day is an opportunity for you to be in the classroom with your child and become an assistant to our ECE. The ECE is in charge of the classroom and your job is to support and take direction from her. You will be expected to give your full attention to the children and try to give every child a fair share of your attentiveness.

6. What type of job are parents expect to do?

The parents run the preschool are responsible for the daily operation. There are numerous jobs that need to be filled and we consider individual interests and talents when the jobs are assigned. Typically a job will have a time commitment of 2 hours a month. Here is a list of some of those jobs:

  • Supplies
  • Hand Towel and Paint Smock Laundering
  • Field Trip Coordinator (4’s class only)
  • Weekly Clean-up
  • Class personnel representative
  • Scheduling Helper Days
  • Parent Education
  • Nature Table
  • Playdough and art preparation
  • Playground Maintenance
  • Photographer
  • VICPA Liaison

Executive Positions are: President, VP1, VP2, Secretary, Treasurer, Enrolment & Orientation, Fundraising, Marketing and Equipment.

 


For Current Parents:

1. When are the classes?

There are two 3’s classes: Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and Tuesday & Thursday afternoons from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

The 4’s class is Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings from 9:15 am to 1:15 pm.

Both classes are led by our ECE, Leasa Gatschene and supported by our assistant ECE, Claire Hatcher and one parent assistant, or two parent assistants.

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2. What is the maximum class size?

15 children in the 3’s classes

18 children in the 4’s class

3. What are the fees?

Fees are described in detail here.

4. What is a duty day?

A duty day is an opportunity for you to be in the classroom with your child and become an assistant to our ECE. The ECE is in charge of the classroom and your job is to support and take direction from her. You will be expected to give your full attention to the children and try to give every child a fair share of your attentiveness.

5. What if I can’t make my duty day?

If something comes up and you are unable to do a scheduled helper day, you can switch your day with another parent in your class.

6. What if I can’t do the duty days, because I work?

If you are unable to participate in helper days due to work, it is possible to ask another member of your family or a close friend to do your helper days. They will need to complete 10 hours of orientation and attend 1 hour of education each month.

7. Can I bring siblings to my duty days?

No, it is important that on your duty days you are not distracted and you are there to support the ECE. Remember this is an opportunity to spend special time with your child at their school.

8. Why do we fundraise?

Fundraising is vital to meeting the budget of the each school year. The fundraising events are fun and are an opportunity to work together for the benefit of our children. Suggestions for future fundraising ideas are always appreciated.

9. What type of job are parents expect to do?

The parents run the preschool are responsible for the daily operation. There are numerous jobs that need to be filled and we consider individual interests and talents when the jobs are assigned. Typically a job will have a time commitment of 2 hours a month. Here is a list of some of those jobs:

  • Supplies
  • Hand Towel and Paint Smock Laundering
  • Field Trip Coordinator (4’s class only)
  • Weekly Clean-up
  • Class personnel representative
  • Scheduling Helper Days
  • Parent Education
  • Nature Table
  • Playdough and art preparation
  • Playground Maintenance
  • Photographer
  • VICPA Liaison

Executive Positions are: President, VP1, VP2, Secretary, Treasurer, Enrolment & Orientation, Fundraising, Marketing and Equipment.