Because AUCP is a cooperative preschool, families are expected to play a more active and participatory role in the life of the school than in many preschools or child care centers. AUCP is able to keep tuition costs low because we rely on parents to share the responsibilities for maintaining and improving the school and creating enriching opportunities for all of our children.
Each classroom includes a full-time, dedicated teacher and parent helpers who help execute the curriculum and attend to the needs of the children. Classroom co-oping is a wonderful way to get to know your child’s teacher and other parents, observe and interact with your child’s classmates as they learn and play, and see first-hand the exciting experience your child is having at school.
We foster community through in-person pick-up and drop-off of our children, numerous social activities, onsite continuing education opportunities, “meal trains” for families with new babies or experiencing hardship, and through day-to-day interactions with fellow parents in the classroom.
When a family enrolls a child or children at AUCP, parents must agree to assume the responsibilities listed below.
- Co-op in your own child’s class an average of:
- 5-6 times per year in the Panda classes.
- 1-2 times per month in the 2-day classes.
- 2-3 times per month in the 3-day classes.
- 2-4 times per year in the enrichment classes.
- Provide snack for your own child’s class (except Panda) on assigned days.
- Co-oping commitments run from 9:00am-1:00pm (or whenever classroom clean-up is complete). (For Panda parents, co-oping commitments begin at 8:45am.).
Building and Grounds Participation
- Families commit between 4-7 hours per school year to the maintenance of the school building and grounds.
- Four hours per year for first child.
- Six hours per year for two child.
- Seven hours per year for three or more children.
- Families are assigned to a committee role that helps run the co-op every year (i.e., Fundraising, Building and Grounds, Classroom Support, Continuing Education, Technology, etc.).
- There are a wide variety of roles that fit individual interests, skills, and schedules.
Continuing Education for Co-opers
- State regulations require that each co-oping parent receives eight hours of child development training per year.
- AUCP offers numerous on-site training opportunities, both during regular school hours as well as in the evenings and on weekends.
Attendance at Membership Meetings
- Attendance is required at several annual events including:
- Parent Orientation and/or Welcome Night.
- Back-to-School Night
- Annual Meeting and Auction