What is a Cooperative?
A cooperative preschool center is a non-profit organization owned and administered by the parents of the preschool children. Magothy Cooperative Preschool, is not just a preschool. We are a community of Parents, Teachers and Students all working together to bring an engaging and exciting program to our families. In order to provide this wonderful program, each family must do their part to help run the school.
Why Choose a Cooperative?
For many, 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 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's helper. These parents can expect to work in their own child’s classroom approximately one to two times a month. Helping Parents are expected to arrive 15 minutes early on their scheduled day to assist with set up. Helping Parent duties consist of interacting with the children, assisting with group activities, being a teacher's helper and classroom/school clean up. We encourage Helping Parents to come dressed for play and messy fun.
In addition to the “Helping Parent” commitment, families also accept responsibility to help run the school by participating in a committee position, regular school cleanings, fundraising ($275), and attending up to 4 general membership meetings a school year, as outlined in our School Handbook.
Snapshot of Cooperative Commitments-
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.
The Board of Directors, consisting of the executive board, our director, class coordinators and teachers, meet bi-monthly to review policies and the business of our school.
Directors: Lindsay McDermott and Dave Schroeder
Parent President- Karen Conner
Vice President-Committees: Katherine Van Dam
Vice President-Admission and Registration: Sarah Mutchler
Secretary: Lynsie Stoker
Treasurer- Tuition & Enrichment: Jessica Meyers
Treasurer- Fundraising: Iris LaChapelle
Member at Large- Alumni Relations- Angela Harper
Each family participates in one committee position to help maintain our school and create our uniquely enriched community. Our community is as strong as the talents brought forth by our members. Families are able to select their position at our March General Membership Meeting. Committees positions needed each year often include:
For more detailed descriptions see HERE. Please keep in mind our positions may change each year based on the school’s needs and the talents of our community.
Have you heard the news? Our Open House Schedule has been updated. Our first Open House is Tuesday, October 11th from 2pm-3pm. Please join us to tour our school grounds, chat with our Directors, Teachers & Parents, and learn about our nature-focused cooperative program. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend. Visit and play to see what Magothy is all about. Please register through the Contact Us link. Additional Open House Dates can be found on the Admissions page.