As a parent-teacher cooperative, we welcome, benefit from, and depend upon the time and talents of family members. Though parents have no direct teaching responsibilities, they are encouraged to share skills, talents, or interests with the children.
The three parts of our communityai??i??children, teachers and familiesai??i??form a triangle, with each side essential for the school’s success. Parents and teachers are partners in a community that holds children’s best interests in the forefront.
Parents are an essential part of the cooperative environment. There are many opportunities for parents to fulfill their cooperative responsibilities through committee membership or taking on specific tasks. These include: fundraising, tech support, food buying, gardening, book repairing, and building and grounds crew.
Each family cleans the school three times a year. Two families share this task each weekend. At the end of the summer, parents and teachers work together to get the school ready for the September opening.
Other community events are held throughout the year. These are a great way to foster community and also serve as many of our most important fundraising efforts. Recent events include wine tasting, ice skating party, dadsai??i?? night out, andAi??a puppet/pancake breakfast.
Parents and teachers are members of the Preschool Council which meets quarterly. At these meetings parents and teachers discuss issues and vote on important decisions concerning the school. Teachers describe what is going on in the classroom. Sometimes a speaker will give a presentation and lead a discussion on a topic of interest to the parents.
The Preschool Director heads a staff of experienced, professional teachers who are passionate about their work with young children. Collectively the teachers have over one hundred years of experience in the field of early childhood education. Often students and student teachers from area colleges work in the classroom under close supervision by the teaching staff. The ratio of children to teachers is approximately 7:1.
Teachers plan curriculum in bi-weekly evening meetings. All staff members maintain an individual professional development plan and all participate in professional development activities throughout the year, as required by state licensing and NAEYC accreditation.