Cooperative preschools are terrific places to share firsthand in your child's initial school experience!
Cooperatives offer a safe, secure and gradual transition from home to school for your child. Co-ops offer to parents a sense of community, camaraderie and parent/teacher partnership unlike any other preschool experience.
A Co-op preschool is owned and maintained by the parents of the children enrolled on a non-profit, nonsectarian basis. Parents assist teachers in the classroom on a rotating basis and share in the business operation of the school-thus making it truly a cooperative venture. The cooperative philosophy is based on these very important components: parental involvement, developmentally appropriate programs, and social, emotional, and cognitive skill-building by learning through play.
Preschool programs are more successful when parents participate. This remains true throughout a child's education and is one of the most consistent predictors of school success and achievement.
Parent's Role in a Co-op Preschool
Classroom Participation Your main responsibility will be to help in the classroom on a rotating basis. Depending upon class size, you will be required to assist a minimum of twice a month.
Job/Committee Assignments Each family will be assigned a job necessary to keep the school operating efficiently. You may choose from a list of jobs that matches your skills, time and interest. There will also be opportunities to serve on various committees throughout the year for those who are able to volunteer their time further.
Health Requirement Any adult participating in the classroom during the year must supply proof of a negative TB test. Each child must have a physical examination form completed by a physician on file before the start of school.
Special Events and Fundraising EPC holds several special events throughout the school year. Each of these events is an opportunity to get together with one another and share in a fun, social event outside of school. Each member family is asked to help out at one special event each year. EPC holds a few fundraising events during the school year, including a Bake Sale and the Churchyard 400 Trike Race. Money generated from these events provides the school with funds to support our entire budget for the school year. Each family is asked to help participate in these events in some capacity (baking, phone calls, committee chair, etc.).
Your attendance is required at:
EPC Orientation This program introduces you to the parent board of directors and explains school and classroom policies and procedures. It is held in August.
Classroom Participation Training (CPT) This 6 hour professionally led training session is required for all first time participating members. It describes co-op philosophy and prepares you for your role as a teacher's assistant. The training includes classroom observation and group discussion.
Edgewood Preschool Cooperative does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin, ancestry, age, or United States military service veteran status.
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