How is a parent cooperative preschool funded?
Strawberry Patch Parent Cooperative Preschool is a non-profit organization. The
tuition we collect on a monthly basis does not cover all of our expenses. In order
to pay our teachers salary, buy school supplies, fund special programs, pay
affiliate fees and accreditation fees we have to supplement by fundraising.
Who runs the preschool?
Parents do! We have a board of directors that gets together once a month to
discuss school business and/or vote on important decisions. At a parent
cooperative preschool, you the parents have the opportunity to be directly
involved in your child’s’ education.
What is the adult/child ratio?
We have a great ratio at Strawberry Patch that ensures each child one on one
adult attention. We typically have 1 adult for every 4 children in the classroom.
What is expected of parents at a cooperative preschool?
In order to keep tuition costs low, parents are expected to volunteer as assistant
teachers in the classroom. Typically parents volunteer anywhere from 3-5 times a
month, depending on the month and class size. Parents are welcome to spend as
much time in the classroom as they want. We also require each family to join a
committee at the beginning of the school year. This helps us share the workload
and accomplish things like laundry, small maintenance projects or helping out the
teacher with special projects.
My child can play “pretend” or “fantasy” at home, why is it a part of
Children who role, pretend or fantasy play with their peers at school are actually
practicing working collaboratively with others. They are also building on the
knowledge they already have by role playing about real world situations and trying
different problem solving techniques.
Will my child learn to count, learn the ABC’s, and learn to read and write?
We help children build a solid base of concrete skills and knowledge that are the
precursors to reading, writing and mathematics by offering hands on activities
that foster your child’s development. For example, a child building with blocks is
learning to count, measure, compare, sort and share. A child writing or drawing
in a journal is learning the correct way to hold a pencil, is developing knowledge
about the relationship between text and pictures, and is practicing writing skills.
A child doing art is learning to express feelings, learning to be creative in new
ways and learning important decision making skills. A child playing in the dramatic
play area is learning to communicate, share and solve problems. A child listening
to a story, poem or finger play is learning to read and write!
What are the benefits of joining a cooperative preschool?
Being a part of a parent cooperative preschool allows you to be a part of your
child’s early education. It is an opportunity for parents to help their children
develop a positive attitude about school, to help them develop self confidence and
independence. It gives both parents and children alike an opportunity to make
new friends and be an important member of the community.