What is a Cooperative Preschool?
We are a program with parent participation. Parents work with the teacher to create a high adult-child ratio and provide a great learning environment for each child. Parents as well as children learn and grow together under the same teacher, who is a qualified professional who will provide early childhood education as well as parent education.

Who runs the school?
The Cooperative Preschool is run by a Board of Trustees elected by all the parents in the preschool. Elections are held every spring for the following school year.

What is the philosophy of the school and who designs the curriculum?
Duvall Cooperative Preschool is a developmentally appropriate, play-based preschool. This means that we believe kids of this age learn best by hands on experiencing their world not by forced memorization and seat work.

We provide a wide range of activities that are developmentally correct for these ages (art projects, science experiments, gross motor and small motor toys and activities).  Our teachers derive the entire curriculum used during circle time and keep in mind the developmental needs and abilities of the children they are teaching.

When does the school year commence?
School usually commences at the beginning of September each year.

Which school district calendar will DCP follow?
We will be following the Riverview School District calendar for holidays and emergencies.

What happens if I cannot work on my designated work day?
It is your responsibility to look for a substitute (either another parent in your class or your spouse/caregiver who is pre-registered with the school). You will need to inform your Parent Leader of your absence and who your sub is, at least 12 hours prior to your work day, with the exception of medical/family emergencies.

What’s your policy on newborn-bearing parents?
The school allows working parents of newborns to bring their baby along as long as she or he is in a sling or carrier, and at all times during his/her work day until the newborn is 12 weeks of age.

What about maternity leave?
The parent also gets up to six weeks maternity leave where she will not need to look for a substitute for the days she is working. In the case of low enrollment, members on maternity leave will have to help arrange for a suitable substitute so that safe parent child rations may be maintained. (Standing Rules Article VII, Section B) After returning, you may bring your newborn to Preschool in a sling or carrier until they are 12 weeks of age.

What does cleaning involve?

During class time, working parents are assigned cleaning tasks to clean the school at the end of each day. There is a lot of dirt and grime that needs to be regularly cleaned. DCP families must sign up for 1-2 weekend cleans throughout the school year. Number of cleans is dependent on enrollment. Every family is also required to attend one of the two deep cleans per year, which consists of cleaning the classroom and play items within it.

Do you have childcare for the siblings while the parent is working?
Unfortunately, our insurance does not allow for sibling participation during preschool hours when the parent is working. A suggestion would be to arrange for a ‘swap’ with a parent working on a different day once you get to know the other parents in the preschool.

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