The key to our close-knit community.
Parent participation is a key ingredient in what has made Playgroup unique since 1946, and the rewards for participation are bountiful. Through the co-op experience, parents are able to play an active role in their child’s first school experience. They are afforded the chance to bond with their child in new ways through the interactive developmental curriculum. Each family works at least one school day a month at Playgroup, from August through June (lovingly referred to as the “Working Parent”). Parent participation is the core principle of a cooperative preschool, therefore, grandparents, nannies, etc. are not permitted to work in lieu of mom or dad. The children eagerly anticipate their parent’s work day, and it also strengthens our community by giving parents the chance to get to know their child’s friends and teachers.
In addition to your work day, each family is scheduled as the sub parent at least once a month. The sub parent must remain “on call” and ready to come to school in case one of the teachers is ill.
Each family holds a parent job, which they will be responsible for throughout the school year. Parents also participate in a variety of other school tasks such as cleaning/painting the school, driving on field trips and fundraising throughout the year.
The list of parent jobs includes, but is not limited to the following:
Annual Auction Chair
Annual Auction Committee
Service Learning Chair
Service Learning Committee
Glen Fair Chair
Glen Fair Committee
There are three general meetings per year - one in September, January, and May. Only one parent is required to attend the general meetings. In addition to the general meetings, each class will meet once a year for a Family Meeting. This meeting will cover various topics related to the age of the children in the class and what to expect in the upcoming year in terms of their development. Only one parent is required to attend this meeting, however, we find both parents usually attend. The only meeting both parents are required to attend is the Star Orientation, which happens shortly before school starts in August. This meeting will provide helpful information to incoming Star parents whose children will be starting school for the first time.