Sleepy Hollow Preschool is a cooperative preschool. As such, parents or guardians of enrolled students are members of the cooperative. Membership provides a wealth of benefits as well as carrying important responsibilities.
Parent participation is the distinguishing characteristic of a cooperative preschool, and in fact, the school depends on this participation in order to function. Because members contribute to the operation of the school, staff members are able to focus their energies primarily on the children.
Membership also offers an educational program where many parents find they gain a better understanding of the behavior of young children and learn effective ways to interact with children. Families become connected with other families through co-oping, class coffees, committees, parent education programs, picnics, and The Acorn (SHPS’s monthly newsletter).
The majority of members spend time in the class room on a rotating basis as class room helpers. The class room helper may be any approved adult (e.g. parent, nanny, grandparent) designated by the member’s family. We refer to this as “co-oping“. Since not all members are able to afford the time commitment required for co-oping, the buyout option is available on a limited basis at an increased cost.
All members are responsible for being involved in the operation of the school. Some of these responsibilities include:
- Earning four hours of training during the school year
- Sharing in the administration of the school by serving on one of the committees or on the Board of Directors
- Helping with maintenance of the school for six to eight hours per year
- Attending all general membership meetings