Parents & Teachers Work Together!

Parents and Kids Working Together

Our mission here at DCP as a cooperative parent education program is to supply you with relevant and useful parenting information, while at the same time providing a nurturing environment for your child to grow and learn.

As such, parents are required to fulfill certain time and effort commitments that are vital in making the cooperative a success:

  • One parent per family is required to work some days during your child’s class time at one activity station. Parents in the Family and Pre-K classes work 1 day per week and parents in the 3’s class work 1 day every 2 weeks (in cases of lower enrollment, we may ask for more volunteer time to maintain a small adult-to-child ratio). Examples of stations are: Blocks, Play, Story, Art, Outside and Kitchen. Station assignments will be posted in the class and will rotate every two weeks. Snacks are provided by Art parents for the whole class on this rotation basis.
  • One Parent must Orientation. (Both parents are encouraged to attend.)
  • Co-op members participate in all fundraisers. These are to be determined, but we favor a twice yearly contribution from each family. Proceeds will cover toy replacement, new toys, site improvements and other miscellaneous expenditures.
  • Each member must serve on one committee or on the board of trustees. Average time spent on committee work is two to four hours each month
  • Each member completes one “deep clean” of the classroom with a team of other parents, as well as signing up for 1 or 2 weekly cleans per year.

What does cleaning involve?

We have five classes of preschoolers going through our preschool each week. There is a lot of dirt and grime that needs to be regularly cleaned. While we do have a weekly janitorial service, each parent is responsible for one deep clean 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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