Belonging to a co-op preschool means taking an active role in your child's early education. The success of the school is dependent on all members lending a hand. By working together, we keep tuition low—and hopefully learn a few things about our children and ourselves along the way!
Below are the responsibilities that our members share.
You'll attend class once per week, per class in which you've got a child enrolled. On your workday(s), you'll help the children learn through play, and you'll assist in the classroom routine.
The following adult-to-child ratios must be maintained in order for class to be held:
2s: 1 adult for every 2 children
3s: 1 adult for every 3 children
Pre-K: 1 adult for every 5 children
It is your duty to provide a substitute when unable to attend, even in the event of an illness or vacation.
*If twins or multiples are enrolled in the same class, a member is able to work once per week as long as the above adult-child ratios are maintained.
You'll hold a classroom job, which, on average, will require about 6 hours of your time per year. Some jobs are spread throughout the course of the year, while others are concentrated during particular, brief periods. Jobs include: teacher’s assistant, parent meeting host, fundraising class representative, class photographer, etc.
As an alternative, you can offer to hold a board position. Elected board members are not required to hold classroom jobs.
You can volunteer to run for election to a board position. If elected, you'll attend monthly Planning Board meetings, held from 6:30-8:30 on the first Wednesday of each month, May through May.
Board members are exempt from weekly classroom cleaning, mid-year, and year-end cleanings, and do not have to hold an additional member job. They also receive training and support from Edmonds Community College’s Family Life Education Department.
You'll attend mandatory Membership Meetings on the third Wednesday of each month, 6:30-8:30pm. Meetings begin with an all-member business portion, followed by breakout sessions with our individual classes for parent education with the assigned parent instructor.
The classroom is cleaned every Friday, and each member must sign up to perform a cleaning at least once during the school year. Friday cleanings take 2 hours or less, and must take place on Fridays between 11:30 am and 4:00 pm.
Members must also participate in either the group Mid-Year or End-of-Year Deep Cleaning, as assigned by class.
Children may not be present at any cleanings.
Board members are exempt from cleanings.
The 2’s class and 3’s class members are required to take turns provide a nutritious snack for the class. Pre-K students will bring their own lunch.
*All snacks and lunches must be NUT FREE.*
You'll lead an activity of your choice for your child’s class once during the school year. You might read a favorite story, play a musical instrument, lead a song or game, or share some other special talent with the class.
Each family is required help with co-op fundraising efforts by either contributing or helping to raise $50 per child.
For families wishing to make their contribution via fundraising, optional fundraising projects will be made available over the course of the school year.