What is a Co-Op?

When you enroll your child in Family Preschool, you become directly involved in their early education. Family Preschool depends entirely on its parent members to administer the school and assist the staff in the day-to-day operations. In addition to maintaining regular tuition payments and complying with school policy and medical regulations, each FPS family honors a number of commitments. 

(Responsibilities for the PMO program are reduced; please see bottom of this page for more details.)

Work as a Helping Parent (1-2 times/month)

Work as a helping parent in the classroom approximately twice a month from 8:30 am - 12:15 pm. Helping parents work alongside the teacher to engage the children in the day's activities, in addition to assisting in classroom set-up and clean-up. Working as a helping parent is an essential part of Family Preschool. Additional information about being a helping parent is in our Handbook.

Take on an FPS Job (10 hrs/semester)

Contribute a minimum of 10 hours of work outside of the classroom each semester by taking on an FPS job. Examples of such jobs include making play dough, managing Scholastic book orders, or serving on the board. There are a variety of jobs to fit every family's interests, schedules, and needs, and families select their top choices before the beginning of the new school year. School wide cleaning events count towards these hours.

Contribute to Fundraising Efforts (4 hrs/year)

Fundraising is part of the volunteer requirement for all Family Preschool families. The majority of fundraising dollars is for scholarships, which provides needs-based partial tuition scholarships. The remaining fundraising proceeds are used to offset operating costs, minimize tuition increases, and, where possible, provide for interior and exterior improvements (e.g. playground repairs and upgrades), support teacher professional development, purchase classroom materials, provide enrichment programs for our children, and support teachers bonuses.

Families are required to complete a minimum of 4 fundraising hours per year for each child in the 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-day programs. Families in the PMO program are not required to participate in fundraising. Fundraising hours count towards the required 12 volunteer hours per semester, but unlike regular volunteer hours, they carry over from semester to semester. 

Typical fundraisers include:

  • Spring Auction. The biggest fundraiser of the year where families solicit donations from local businesses for the FPS online auction. Talented FPS families also make items to auction or offer services as diverse as cooking classes or tech support.
  • Babysitting Events. These events help raise money for the school while letting kids have fun and giving parents some free time.
  • Class Photos. This fall fundraiser includes sales of individual and class pictures.
  • Wine Raffle. Another fall fund raiser in which a case of donated wines is raffled off.
  • Yearbook. One of the final fundraisers of each year, the yearbook captures fun photos of FPS students throughout the year in a keepsake format that parents are able to purchase.  

Participate in School-Wide Events (4 events/year)

  • Attend the orientation session at the beginning of the year.
  • Help with the set-up of the school in the fall, clean-up in the spring, and one team cleaning session during the school year.  These events count towards the overall hours commitment.

Working on helping parent days and fulfilling co-op hours requirements calls for a moderate commitment of time from our families. Most feel it is well worth the effort, for in turn they receive the rewards of close involvement in their children's school life and the satisfaction of working within a community for the benefit of all. Parents' contributions of time and talent to the school is an important way for children to see that their education is valued by those they love.

Reduced Hours for PMO Families

  • Families with children in the 1-year old classroom contribute 4 hours a year by participating in either 2 of the communal school work/team cleaning events, attending monthly board meetings, OR  performing one ongoing job during the year and attending one communal school work event.
  • PMO families have no fundraising obligations.
  • PMO families are expected to work as helping parents.