Parent involvement is an integral component of a cooperative preschool. Parents participate directly in the classroom and help to run the school by participating on a committee or by being part of the board of directors.
The “teach parent” is considered a paraprofessional and a contributing member of the staff for each teach day. The teacher relies heavily on her staff, and it is only as a cooperating unit that the most effective day for children and adults will be achieved. Teach parents will be assigned days to work by the class representative twice a year. It is expected that the teach parent will be at school on the assigned day or will have made arrangements for a substitute.
Role and Responsibilities of the Teach Parents:
- Participate in the classroom approximately 2 to 3 days a month – divided among Art, Project, Snack, and Alternate Teach Parent responsibilities. Non-teach tuition rates are also available for parents who cannot participate in the classroom.
- Provide snacks 5-8 times a year.
- Arrive at 8:40 a.m. and stay as long as needed.
- Serve on a committee (approx. 2-3 hours per month).
- Assist in Preschool set-up and clean-up days (approximately two hours each).
- Participate in fundraising – Garage sale, Grocery certificates, Spring Fest, Scholastic book orders etc.
- Attend two general meetings (Fall and Spring) and an orientation prior to the start of school.
Please note that the following committees are examples and may be modified as needed.
This 3-4 person committee organizes the preschool’s largest annual fundraising event. The preschool children, with the assistance of an art teacher, create masterpieces throughout the year which get auctioned off at the live auction. Preschool families are asked to solicit donations from local businesses for use in the silent auction.
Garage Sale Coordinator
This person is responsible for overseeing and hosting the annual fall garage sale fundraiser.
Grocery Certificates / Book Orders
Supermarket gift certificates are purchased from the grocery stores and sold at no additional cost to the families, and the preschool earns a 3% to 5% profit (rebate) from these sales. Duties also include distributing Scholastic book order forms and collecting individual orders and money.
This two-person committee is responsible for organizing the Halloween Party, Winter Festival and St. Patrick’s Day Parade Float.
Maintenance/Repair, Sewing & Fence Set-Up
This person is in charge of weeding, watering, painting and repairing equipment. He/she is also responsible for developing games and materials throughout the year to enhance the curriculum.
This person is responsible for publishing the monthly newsletter. Duties involve collecting articles from the Board and other members and compiling these and other information into newsletter format.
Board Meeting Babysitting Committee
This 3-4 family committee is responsible for the supervision and care of the children of the Board members during monthly meetings.
Teacher’s Assistant / Field Trips / Library
This person is in charge of classroom preparation work when needed, scheduling events and making phone calls for the field trips as Mrs. Bonnema requests, and keeping the bookshelves stocked with books related to the classroom themes.
Set up and Cleaning
This is a 5-6 family committee (each family gets 6-7 weeks). The preschool must be cleaned every Sunday (after 3:00 p.m.). This job requires about 1 – 1 1/2 hours each week for 6-7 weeks.
Toy Sanitizing / Laundry
This is a 5-6 family committee (each family gets 6-7 weeks). Responsible for cleaning, sanitizing and organizing toys, and laundering items (costumes, cushions, etc) as needed.
Health & Safety Coordinator
This committee member coordinates and oversees the Toy Sanitizing and Cleaning & Set-up committees. Duties include stocking and keeping track of cleaning supplies through the use of an inventory list. He/she also assists Mrs. Bonnema in planning and running several fire drills during the school year.
This person is responsible for researching grant opportunities with local and national grantmaking foundations and other funding sources; writing grant applications (in cooperation with Mrs. Bonnema and the Treasurer as needed); and completing follow-up grant reports on any funds received.
The teacher shares directly with the Board and indirectly with the parents the responsibility of establishing policies and procedures and program planning. In the educational program for the children, the teacher plans the daily program and incorporates the talents of participating parents wherever possible. It is also the responsibility of the teacher to serve as a role model for teach parents, assisting them with methods for working with children in a classroom. The teacher is the head of a staff of para-professionals (teach parents) and it becomes her task to see that they work together smoothly and effectively.
Prepares agenda, presides over Membership and Executive Board meetings. The President represents the preschool in the community, and maintains relations with the Church Board. Organizes set-up day in the fall. Produces summer issue of the newsletter.
Assists the President in delegation of duties and stands in for the President when necessary. Assigns and supervises all preschool committees. Organizes clean-up day in the spring. Updates school inventory list. Oversees board meeting childcare.
Takes minutes of all Membership and Executive Board meetings. Takes care of all correspondence. Keeps and posts copies of all by-laws, minutes and other important documents. Updates preschool bulletin board and posts calendars. Organizes fall and spring general meetings.
Collects and deposits all revenues due to the preschool. Prepares annual budget and maintains accounting records and ledgers. Prepares monthly financial statements and files quarterly and annual tax reports with the assistance of an accountant. Disburses funds for accounts payable, payroll, and taxes.
Pre-K Class Representative
Takes inquiries for membership for children eligible for the Pre-K (4 year old) class. Gives tours of preschool to prospective members. Enrolls new members with the necessary paperwork. Sets up and distributes schedule of teach days. Represents class on the Executive Board. Coordinates teacher appreciation at the end of the year.
Intermediate Class Representative
Same duties as the Pre-K Representative for the Intermediate (3 year old) class.
Responsible for public relations efforts. Responsible for the preschool website, Facebook, brochures and flyers. Coordinates participation in the Preschool Fair.