What is a parent cooperative preschool and what are my responsibilities?

A parent cooperative school is owned and operated by the school families.  Professional teachers are responsible for the planning and implementation of the curriculum, and a parent board runs the business aspects of the school.  Parents work in the classroom, attend general meetings, serve on a committee and participate in school maintenance.  Specific member responsibilities can be found on our Parent Participation page.

Does my child need to be toilet trained?

Children in our Preschool (3 year old) class are not required to be toilet trained.

What if I’m unable to work my assigned day?

If you are unable to work your scheduled day you may have a family member fill in for you, trade days with another school family, or hire a substitute from our parent sub list. The substitute fee is $35 paid directly to the parent sub.

Can I bring my other children when I work in the classroom?

Participating parents may not bring other children when working in the classroom, however, siblings are always welcome at class parties and on field trips.

What is your discipline policy?

Our three rules at school are

  1. Be Kind
  2. Be Safe
  3. Have Fun!

These three things combined with a carefully planned environment set children up to succeed.

Physical punishment, shaming, and humiliation are never acceptable forms of discipline at Valley Parent.  Children will not be “made an example of” or talked to or about in a derogatory fashion.

These are our specific discipline strategies:

  • Maintain realistic expectations of children
  • Provide clear and simple limits
  • Plan an environment that facilitates a caring atmosphere
  • Provide meaningful experiences that keep children engaged
  • Model appropriate behaviors
  • Redirect inappropriate behaviors toward desired outcomes
  • Give children choices between two appropriate alternatives
  • Encourage children to work together to solve problems and make cooperative decisions
  • Give children words to solve problems or to elicit peer cooperation
  • Provide logical and natural consequences to children’s actions
  • When there is a safety concern, lovingly remove children from the situation until they are calm and able to discuss the problem
  • Introduce conflict resolution and problem solving skills

If a child’s behavior at school endangers them self or another person, or is too disruptive to the classroom environment, the teachers may call the parents and have the child go home for the remainder of the day.  In some situations a child may be withdrawn from VPP if their behavior is not appropriate to the classroom environment.

What is your allergy policy?

We do everything we can to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all children in our program. At this time we have a number of children with serious, life-threatening nut allergies and therefore NO NUTS are allowed at school.

If your child has an allergy, or any other needs we should be aware of, we ask that you let us know so we can ensure we have the proper paperwork, emergency medications, and training needed to keep your child safe at school.

Is there a non co-op option?

We have one non co-op spot available in each of the Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classes.  The non co-op option relieves parents of the classroom responsibilities only, and families are still required to attend general meetings, serve on a committee and fulfill their 5 School Upkeep Hours.  The tuition for the non co-op option is double the regular tuition for  Preschool or Pre-K.  Please see Programs and Tuition page for details.  This option is not currently available for the Kinderprep class.

How can I register my child, learn more, or set up a tour?

Registration for the upcoming school year begins in January.  To learn more about enrolling your child, please visit our Registration page.

If you’d like to schedule a tour to see our program and meet our teachers, please see our Schedule a Tour page to see the available dates.

If you have specific questions that have not been answered here, send an email to info [at] valleyparent [dot] org or call our membership line at (925) 837-5401.