Parent's Curriculum ***

Parents will learn about typical social, emotional, physical, language, cognitive development of children aged two to five years old. We focus on healthy patterns of separation, the importance of free play, and parenting strategies that support a strong foundation for future learning.


Cooperative parents will help create a safe, inclusive environment for their children and observe and interact with all children in the cooperative preschool morning lab.


All SMPCW parents will attend a weekly evening lecture. Parents will also be actively involved in fundraising activities and in running all aspects of the school.

Cooperative Parent Participation


At least one parent from each child’s family is committed to being involved in the following ways:

  1. working at the school, one morning per week from 8:30am-12:30pm.

  2. attend the weekly evening parent education class, Mondays from 7:00pm-9:00pm.

  3. participating in two Environment Days per year (usually on Saturdays first of Fall and Spring).

  4. work at all social and/or fundraising events

  5. develop and run the school by being apart of a school focus group


In return for this commitment, you can expect to:

  • participate in your child’s early learning.

  • learn about yourself as a parent, your child and about early childhood education as well as how vital parents are to the entire school life of their children by observing experienced teachers and other parents working with children.

  • find and lend support in talking with other parents and trained staff about your child’s growth and development.

  • expand your parenting skills and get help and support with any parenting and/or family problems as they arise.

  • gain time alone for your own activities while your child is happy in school.

  • develop family communication skills and learn more about family dynamics.

  • develop lasting friendships (with adults and children) in a non-sectarian group of people with varied background, education, economic circumstances and ethnic character.

SMPCW Focus Groups/Committees


One parent from each family joins a focus group. The focus groups offer parents a venue for working together towards the further their school participation skills and also contribute towards the cooperative effort. Each focus group will meet with the instructor/director at least one time per term to develop goals and assess progress and accomplishments.

The groups are as follows:

  • Leadership Group

  • Children's Curriculum Group

  • Membership/Enrollment Group

  • Nutrition Group

  • Evening/Adult Curriculum Group

  • Facilities Group

  • Fundraising and Development Focus Group

  • Electronic Media / Community Outreach Group

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