Often the preschool will organize field trips or special event days which will require additional parent assistance. You can sign up for these days as your schedule allows throughout the year.
During the school year, Mrs. Cey often looks for certain items such as baby food jars, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, etc. to use in the classroom for crafts or interactive play and will send out a notice in the monthly newsletter requesting the items. This is a good indirect way to help out if time is an issue for you.
Additionally, if you have a career that would be interesting for the children to learn about, volunteer your time in the classroom as we often have special guest days during the school year.
The school operates on a small budget each year and so consider volunteering your time to help improve the classroom if you have a specific skill or are handy.
There are many ways to help, all you have to do is ask!
Yes, CKCP is a Cooperative School. However, this year Mrs. Cey will have a hired teachers Assistant in the class and parent helpers will only be needed if one of the teachers is out.
A cooperative preschool is one that relies and thrives on parent involvement. Country Kids Cooperative Preschool believes that parent involvement is essential at this stage of your child's development and encourages parents to become participants. What does that mean for you? It means that the preschool has two 'parent helpers' each day of the school year and parents participate on a scheduled basis. You essentially become the right and left arms for the teacher, helping the students where necessary.
We also know that parents are busy. Your involvement as a parent is only typically required 2 or 3 times a month depending on enrolment. Other parents are quite flexible with switching dates to better accommodate conflicting parent home/work schedules and younger siblings are always welcome on your days at school.
We believe that your involvement as a parent is an integral part of your child's learning. At your child's stage, social interaction with others is important and being able to witness your child's development will only help them to succeed in the future.
Some positions require more time than others but there are roles that are less time intensive if that is a factor for you. Sign up occurs at the start of the school year.