What is a Cooperative?
A cooperative preschool center is a non-profit organization owned and administered by the parents of preschool children. The parents and teachers work together in guiding the children as they gain social and academic skills.
Why Choose a Cooperative?
For many of you, this will probably be your child’s first school experience. Magothy Cooperative Preschool is an excellent bridge between home and the formal atmosphere of elementary school. Since at least one other member of each child’s family participates, the atmosphere of home extends into the preschool.
What does being in a Cooperative Mean for Me?
Each class will have one “Helping Parent” who will work as a teacher helper. These parents can expect to work in their own child’s classroom approximately one to two times a month. We expect our “Helping Parents” to arrive 15 minutes early on their scheduled day to assist with set up.
In addition to the “Helping Parent” commitment, parents also accept responsibility to help run the school by participating in special committees, regular cleaning, fundraising, and attending 4 general membership meetings a school year, as outlined in our handbook. Other financial responsibilities include a non-refundable deposit of one month’s tuition due by May 1st (goes toward last month’s tuition) and an expectation to fundraise.
A parent cooperative is not for everyone, but for those who make the commitment, they are rewarded with an enriching, gentle and caring environment for their child’s beginning steps into the broader world of their community.