Child's Play parents and teachers work together to create a positive early educational experience for our children. Parents share the fun, work and responsibility of organizing the school and acting as its administration. Parents also contribute in the classroom, acting as teacher assistants on a rotating basis. This allows us all to contribute to the program content, see and share as our children play, learn, grow and form relationships with others. As parents, we also have the chance to grow ourselves, in our parenting skills, as we learn from the teachers and from each other.
To keep the school running, many jobs must be done by parents including: scheduling of on-duty parents, purchasing snacks, planning and organizing field trips and parties, maintaining our play yard and classrooms, shoveling sidewalks, marketing the school, processing applications, orienting prospective parents and giving tours, financial planning and management, fundraising, creating a monthly newsletter, and serving on ad hoc committees.
Each family is required to participate in one committee. Committee assignments are selected from a yearly sign-up sheet. Other jobs are volunteered for at All-School meetings or as needed within the classroom.
All School Meetings
"All School Meetings" are held five times throughout the school year and all parents are required to attend. There are two parts to these meetings: a classroom meeting where parents and teachers share ideas and information concerning their particular class, and an All-School meeting to receive and share information, and often, to vote on important school issues and learn more about school activities.
Approximately once a month, one parent is expected to participate in the classroom as a "duty parent." Duty parents act as teacher assistants in the classroom; preparing snacks, helping to guide the day's activities, and participating in the play centers, as needed. By far, many parents consider this the most rewarding experience within the co-op.
Within the cooperative, each family is needed to participate fully, in order for our children to have the highest quality experience. It's worth the work!