Co-op means participation in your child's early education
Parent Involvement and Parent Education Different from a drop-off preschool, at NCP you work as an assistant teacher in class one day per week. Through this participation you work and play with all children in the class, enriching the preschool experience for everyone.
NCP is affiliated with Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) to provide parent education. Parents in our program are enrolled at LWTech and earn 2 college credits per quarter. Parent education occurs throughout our program including monthly evening meetings, speakers at LWTech, in class discussions and teacher interaction throughout the day.
Participating in fundraising activities All members of the co-op participate in the annual fundraising event to raise funds for our school. Parents contribute items or get items donated from local businesses. We sell tickets to friends, family and community members and serve appetizers and desserts the evening of the event. The evening ends with music and dancing. This is a fun and productive way to meet our fundraising needs.
Help at a classroom cleaning/changeover event Six times a year the classroom undergoes a transformation. Well-loved activities are put away in exchange for new activities. Parents and teachers spend a few hours making the magic happen. This keeps children excited about school and keeps the learning environment fresh. This is also a time to give everything a good cleaning. Parents are obligated to attend one changeover per year.
Participate on a committee Each member of the co-op holds a position on a committee. The types of jobs vary from publishing the school newsletter to making play-dough to planning school fundraising. These are the tasks that help to keep the school running on a day-to-day basis. Committees include:
Social & Safety
Curriculum & Art
Do I have to drop-off? Beginning school and being separated from one another can be difficult at first and may be a time for adjustment for both parent and child. If you choose not to leave on your drop off day you are welcome to stay and work in the classroom. If you are staying on one of your drop-off days we ask that you participate fully in the classroom as you would on your assigned day.