What is a "Parent Cooperative Preschool"?
A cooperative preschool is one that is run by parents alongside the teachers. Parents work in the classroom, take parent education classes, and do committee work that makes the school operational. See What is Co-op?
What is the philosophy of the school and who designs the curriculum?
Redmond Co-op is a developmentally appropriate, play-based preschool. This means that we believe kids of this age learn best by hands-on experiencing their world, not by forced memorization and seatwork. We provide a wide range of activities that are developmentally correct for these ages (art projects, science experiments, gross motor and small motor toys and activities). Our teachers derive the entire curriculum used during circle time and keep in mind the developmental needs and abilities of the children they are teaching. See Play-Based Learning.
What is the preschool Board of Trustees?
The Board of Trustees is the body of parents and caretakers who manage the operations of the preschool. All positions are voluntary and held by members of the cooperative. See Co-op Board for details.
Where are we located?
We are located in the lower level of the Redmond United Methodist Church near downtown Redmond. We are not affiliated with the church; we rent the facility from the church. See Contact for a map.
What ages do we serve?
We have a 3s class for 3/4 year olds, and a 4s class for 4/5 year olds.
Do you have a cut-off enrollment age?
Yes. Children must be 3 (for the 3s class) or 4 (for the 4s class) by August 31 prior to the school year.
What days do children attend school?
The 3s classes meet Thursday and Friday. The 4s classes meet Monday-Wednesday.
What are the class times?
Our morning class meets 9:30 AM - 12:00 AM, and our afternoon class meets 12:30 PM -3:00 PM.
Is there an enrollment fee?
Yes. There is a non-refundable enrollment fee. Please see Class Info for current fees and tuition.
What is the monthly tuition?
See Class Info for current fees and tuition.
What is your tuition and registration policy regarding twins or other multiples?
The enrollment fee covers the entire family. However, each child requires their own tuition.
When is tuition collected and deposited?
See Class Info for current fees and tuition information.
What are the parent's responsibilities/commitments to the school?
Parents are required to work in the classroom one class per week, attend a parent education meeting once a month, help fundraise for the school, serve on a committee, do one weekend clean of the preschool, and participate in an annual deep clean of the school.
What are Parent Education Classes?
These classes held once a month cover topics relevant to parenting, such as child development, teaching empathy, safety, etc. Parents are required to attend a parent meeting every month as part of the enrollment requirements for their child.
Can a non-parent caregiver attend the class if both parents work during class time?
Yes! Your child's daytime caregiver (Au Pair, nanny, grandparent, etc.) may attend the class instead of a parent. Parents are still encouraged to attend parent education meetings and be actively involved with the program. See Parent Participation.
What do you mean by classroom help?
Parents are required to work in the classroom once a week. They will be assigned to oversee activities in one of the activity rooms and manage conflicts between students. See Parent Participation.
What do you mean by weekend cleaning and semi-deep cleaning?
Parents are required to clean the preschool (vacuum, mop floors, clean bathroom, wipe down tables, etc.) one weekend in the school year and participate in one semi-annual deep clean with the rest of the class. See Parent Participation.
Are I allowed to bring younger siblings to class on my work day?
Because our space has many activities that may not be safe for children under 3, siblings can only come to class if they are in a carrier. However, parents can trade watching younger siblings or organize their own sibling care group with other co-op families. Please see "Doing Co-op With Younger Sibs" for more information and ideas for sibling care.
What are the committees?
Each student serves on one standing committee. Each committee is important to the operation and the success of the preschool. The committees are assembled at registration and apportioned to best meet the needs of the preschool. Consequently, if you change classes after registration you may be required to change committees. Some committees have regularly scheduled responsibilities, while others operate on a periodic basis.
The committees include:
Pets and Plants
Fundraising (Ways and Means)
Cut and Snip
ALL COMMITTEES SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES.
May I observe a class?
Observations are welcome but need to be scheduled. Please e-mail our registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment. Observations are scheduled during activity time, which is between 9:15-10:00 AM and 12:15-1:00 PM. You may stay any or all of that time and your preschooler is welcome to come with you.