Parent participation is the hallmark of a cooperative preschool.
In 1973, a small group of Washington Park parents recognized the need for a quality neighborhood preschool for their children. Together, they created Washington Park Early Learning Center, a play-based cooperative preschool providing a safe, nurturing environment where children flourish.
We treasure the unique talents, interests, and resources that each family brings to our school. The enthusiastic participation of all parents/guardians and caregivers makes the successful operation of WPELC possible.
Parent/Guardian Responsibilities Include
- Be an active member of the Board or standing committee
- Participate in the classroom as a helping parent on a rotating basis throughout the school year
- Participate in required fundraising efforts or buy-out options
- Attend school meetings and parent/teacher conferences
- Engage in school-wide events, including the required annual classroom cleanings
What is the role of the Board of Directors and what does the commitment entail?
As a parent cooperative, the Board of Directors and Director work closely together to ensure that WPELC thrives. The Board ensures the school fulfills its mission and, in conjunction with the Director, develops policy for the operation of the school.
The Board of Directors is composed of thirteen elected parent volunteers who have students currently enrolled at the school. Board members serve as Officers, Committee Chairs, or Class Representatives. All positions serve a one-year term beginning June 15th, with the exception of the Treasurer, which is a two-year term.
The Board meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. We invite all parents to attend WPELC Board Meetings. Please email email@example.com to let us know you’re coming and get meeting details.
What does a helping parent do?
Helping parents act as classroom assistants and interact with the children to facilitate learning and play. They help the teacher set up the classroom, supply the snack, and clean the classroom and classroom supplies after school. This is a wonderful opportunity to observe your child in the classroom while learning more about early childhood education alongside an experienced teacher. This duty usually occurs 2-4 times per semester.