THE CO-OP EXPERIENCE

Introduction

We believe when parents engage in their child’s learning, the experience is more rewarding for both child and parents. Our preschool is a parent-run co-op, and its success depends on everyone’s contributions. As part of the RVCP community, all families are required to:

  • Work in the classroom

  • Manage a parent job, and

  • Participate in fundraising events, among other things.

Rewards of our process

  • Parent involvement promotes parent-child bonding, and creates confidence in kids and parents.

  • Our low child to adult ratios allow for an engaging and personal experience.

  • Our teachers help each child practice life skills to become adept social beings: problem solvers, friends, and members of community.

  • Our community is a wonderful way to foster friendships.

  • Our monthly parent meetings provide valuable current research and parenting techniques.

  • Our families are a supportive network committed to the success of each child.

Work in the classroom

Each family must assist in the classroom on a regular basis. Generally, a parent works once per week for half-day classes, and one full day or two half days for families with full-day students. Certain conditions (maternity leave, health issues, enrollment, etc.) may require families to work more. You can have any trusted caregiver work your shift in the classroom (grandparent, nanny, aunt, uncle, etc.).

Parents are always welcome to stay in class, even on days you are not assigned to work in the classroom, and especially if your child needs you close by that day. Our teachers are also excellent at providing support and comfort for you and your child, when you need to say goodbye. They truly individualize their care and considerations for each child, and welcome any information you want to share when you arrive for drop-off.

Parent Jobs

Parent jobs are roles that each family is assigned for the duration of the school year, to help run the school. We are a parent volunteer run school, with our only paid employees being our amazing teachers. Parent jobs are assigned based on interest, preference, commitment capacity, and availability. We send all families a survey, asking which parent jobs you are interested in and how much time you have to commit to a parent job.

We strive to meet each family where they are and all jobs are flexible. We want you to feel comfortable with your commitment, and always ask if you agree to our proposed parent job beforehand. We all contribute as much time as we can, with the acknowledgement and acceptance that family and real life come first.

Board Positions:

  • Co-Chairperson 1 *

  • Co-Chairperson 2 *

  • Secretary *

  • Treasurer *

  • Sunflower Class Parent Coordinator *

  • Caterpillar Class Parent Coordinator *

  • Salmon Class Parent Coordinator *

  • Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Rep. *

  • Teacher Liaison *

  • Risk Management I *

  • Enrollment I *

  • Development Chair *

  • Alumni Representative

  • Board Member at Large

* Executive Board members

Standard Positions:

  • Working Grown-up Scheduler

  • Treasurer II – Tuition

  • Parent Jobs & New Parent Orientation

  • Enrollment II

  • Technology Support Team

  • Supplies & Storeroom Manager

  • Art Coordinator

  • Cleaning Coordinator

  • Maintenance Coordinator

  • Playground & Landscape Coordinator

  • Risk Management II

  • Salmon Class Field Trip Coordinator

  • Towels & Smocks Laundry

  • Development Team

  • Event Lead I

  • Event Lead II

  • Social Events Coordinator

  • Social Media & Online Giving

  • Grant Writer

Fundraising Events

Fundraising is integral to our preschool’s operation. Our fundraising efforts provide necessary funds for the preschool’s maintenance, supplies, and scholarships. Throughout the year, we showcase a Fall Festival, Online Bake Sale, Giving Letter, Movie Matinee, and a Pancake Breakfast Silent Auction.

Social Events

We believe a strong community builds a better school. In class, we have a unique opportunity to connect with other co-op families on a daily basis. We also plan several social events throughout the year, like parent’s nights out, summer play dates, alumni play dates, and our annual picnic to have fun and strengthen our community.

Parent Meetings

We kick off the school year with Parent Orientation in September. During our monthly parent-only meetings, we discuss class activities, upcoming events, and preschool business. Our parent educators from North Seattle College lead us in a variety of early childhood development topics.

School Operations

Monthly Cleaning

Throughout the year, each family participates in a set-up shift at the start of the year, one monthly cleaning during the year, and a final maintenance and cleaning shift at the end of the year.

Social Justice and Committee

The Social Justice committee evaluates the school’s needs through the lens of racial and economic justice. In the past the committee has focused on establishing fair policies, initiating anti-bias trainings, and expanding the availability of anti-racist reading materials.

School Evaluation Committee

The School Evaluation Committee evaluates RVCP policies and programs at the direction of the Board and makes recommendations and proposals to the Board for changes and improvements. Ensuring fair and equitable participation for all students is a priority of this committee.

All members of the community are encouraged to join these committees and attend meetings.

Board Members & Meetings

Our preschool is run by a volunteer parent Board. The leadership, commitment, passion, and work of parent members keep our school functioning every year. Our Board is responsible for all aspects of running the school, including fundraising, teacher contracts, enrollment, finances, establishing and maintaining school policies, and providing guidance and supervision over the school’s operations.

Board Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. Board members are required to attend, and all community members are welcome to attend as well.

School Resources

RVCP School Handbook

RVCP School Calendar 2021-2022