Cooperative Parent Participation

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

  • One workday at the school from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • One parent-education class every Tuesday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm; occasional weeks are replaced by school-wide events such as our Fall and Spring Potlucks, visit to the Pumpkin Patch and more!

  • Attend two Environment Days per year, helping keep our school clean and safe

  • Work our annual Pancake Breakfast (December) and Children's Music Festival (May)

  • Support the development of the school by participating on a committee


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 backgrounds, education, economic circumstances, and ethnic character.

Parent 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.

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

SMPCW Parent Handbook

For more detailed information on parent commitments and community building, read our handbook below.

SMPCW Parent Handbook

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