Parenting in a Co-Op Preschool
(Originally Published in HFP Newsletter — Spring 2010)
At Hawthorne Family Playschool, we believe participating in a parent cooperative, while lots of work, is deeply rewarding.
Children have an early learning experience in which their own families are central and valued, bridging the gap between home and school. Children feel safe as their teacher knows and partners with their entire family. Children benefit from their relationship with their teacher and from their relationships with all their friends’ parents.
Parent members benefit considerably too, as we:
• Participate in our children’s early and foundational experiences of exploring relationships with peers, using play and nature as primary building-blocks for learning.
• Support and learn from the experienced leadership of HFP’s dedicated, innovative teacher.
• Learn and reinforce skills that help build a foundation for self-confidence and lifelong learning with respect for our children at the center.
• Build relationships with other like-minded families for ongoing collaboration, fun and sharing.
• Grow a sense of pride and gratification in joining a project to partner in our child’s learning and to help create and maintain a school that is a leader in early childhood education.