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Membership Opportunities and Obligations

Members participate in all the operations of the School.



Fundraising

Each family is required to contribute the equivalent of $200 in fundraising during the school year. Members can fulfill this obligation by working for 8 hours and/or by purchasing/selling items during fundraising sales or make a direct contribution to the School.

Housekeeping

Each family is responsible for the general maintenance and cleaning of the school. There are three School clean-ups during the year, in August, February, and June. Each family must work a two-hour shift at each of these. In addition, each family must do one month of weekly "take home" work such as washing toys or dress-up clothes.

Committees

Each family is required to take on one job in the operation of the school. Many hands make light work! Families can assist with publicity, planning, scheduling, events, shopping, record keeping, and many other jobs. Committee responsibilities are determined and selected at the June membership meeting.

Classroom Staffing

Families can help staff the classrooms on a rotating basis, ensuring a high adult-to-child ratio. This is a wonderful opportunity to see your child interact at School, to get to know your child's classmates, and to participate in the basic function of the School. Classroom shifts are about three hours. Families who choose not to volunteer in the classrooms pay a higher tuition rate.

For all classes, full co-op means that you will work two or three times a month depending on class size and number of classes per month. Limited co-op, all classes, means you'll work once a month. Non co-op means that you are not obligated to volunteer in the classroom. We limit the number of non co-oping families to one third of the class.

Parent Education

Another opportunity of membership in the co-op is parent education. Twice a year, in fall and spring, we invite speakers to address us on early childhood topics.

Mandatory Meetings

June: Parent orientation and committee assignments
August: Parent orientation/back-to-school
March: Membership meeting; elect new board; vote on budget.