What is a CO-OP?

Co-operative pre-schools are owned and operated by the families enrolled. Parents are directly involved in every aspect of the pre-school’s operation, from the classroom to the Boardroom. This gives parents a key role in developing our classroom programming and in making financial decisions regarding tuition and expenses.

Each year, a volunteer Board of Directors is elected from within the membership. They meet monthly to monitor the pre-school’s business operation. This Board is made up of the following positions:

  • Chair Person
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary/Communications Officer
  • Fundraising Officer
  • Operations Officer
  • Membership (Registration) Officer

The Board is guided by the Chairperson and our staff of Early Childhood Educators.

Parents contribute time to the school in various ways depending on their interests and personal schedules. Being a part of a pre-school can be a very rewarding experience for the whole family and allows parents to be a part of a key time in their children’s lives. Your involvement may also provide an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.

For all classes, we have two qualified Early Childhood Education teachers. In a co-operative environment, the teachers set up the day’s curriculum, and is supported by the scheduled Classroom Helper. This person helps to supervise the classroom, increasing safety and promoting the development of social skills. The classroom becomes a place with trusted adults in a supportive network. Best of all, every parent gets to see their child interacting in the classroom environment.