Why CO-OP?

With the cooperative approach at Little Christians at Calvary, we typically ask the parents to spend one morning or afternoon at the school, with their child's class, every 6-8 weeks.

Advantages for the child:
  • Higher adult to child ratio.  With teachers and parents working together in the classroom, children benefit from greater richness and variety in the program and the chance for more attention and more help for individual.
  • Easier transition between home and school.  Since parents are such an integral part of the school, they are able to stay with their child until the child becomes comfortable with separation from the parent.  Additionally, with parents participating in the classroom, they are more likely and able to provide consistency in the environments provided at home and school.
Advantages for the parents:
  • An opportunity to learn and develop with your child.
  • A chance to share experiences with other parents and create lasting friendships.  Since parents don't just drop their child off at the door, they get to know each other.  Working together to assist in the classrooms tends to bring parents closer together.
  • A place to gain useful ideas for parenting your child at home and outside of school.
  • A way to understand your child and other children from an educational and developmental perspective.
  • A chance to share and participate in your child's first school experience.
  • More reasonable tuition.  Cooperative preschools cost less than non co-op preschools.  Co-op parents pay less, but in turn, they obligate themselves to some classroom responsibilities.