FAQ

What is a cooperative preschool?

A cooperative preschool is an environment in which you are able to share in your
child’s earliest classroom learning experiences. There is a trained teacher in each class program, but parents take turns helping out in the classroom on a rotating basis. Parental jobs include running crafts, preparing snacks, helping to clean up, supervision of children and assistance in conflict resolution.

Outside of the classroom, parents are also asked to help support the school by participating on a committee, assisting in fundraising efforts and helping to maintain the school facilities.

What are the benefits of a parent participation school versus a regular preschool?

Taking part in a cooperative preschool allows you to be directly involved with your child’s early education. Being able to supervise your child, and the teacher, guarantees your child is safe and with the best teachers anywhere. Interacting with a community of other parents who share your commitment to childhood and receiving modeling by the teacher as you help, gives you opportunities to learn alongside your child. Most importantly, choosing a cooperative preschool gives you extra time to bond with your child and create memories together. Your child will always know that education is important in your family because you live it everyday.

What are the tuitions for LGPNS programs?

One of the many benefits of a cooperative preschool is that the tuitions are typically much lower than a drop off preschool program. For a current list of LGPNS programs and tuitions please visit our Classes & Tuitions page.

Do you provide financial assistance?

Tuition assistance may be available to families who show financial need. Contact our enrollment office for more information.

Can my child enroll mid-year?

Mid-year enrollment is possible in some cases at the approval of the class teacher.

Does LGPNS offer a 5 day a week program?

Currently LGPNS does not offer one class program five days a week. Please see
the class schedule details on our Classes & Tuition page.

What if my child doesn’t meet the age requirements?

You will be unable to apply for a class if your child does not meet the age requirements. However, you are welcome to discuss your specific situation with our enrollment office.

If I have more than one child enrolled do my parent participation requirements increase as well?

Only your classroom work requirements will increase with additional children enrolled at LGPNS, but your parent participation requirements (such as night meetings, school maintenance and committee work) do not increase.

Can both myself and my spouse share the working parent responsibilities?

Yes. Both parents can share all parental involvement, including in-class work
days. If your family plans to share in-class work, both parents will need to be sure to complete all “working parent” paperwork.

What happens if I can’t make it to school on my work day?

The wonderful thing about a parent participation school is that it is truly a
community that you can rely on. More often than not, parents who have a conflict on their working day (whether it be work, personal, or they wake up to sick kids or are sick themselves) are able to find another parent who will swap work days with them or cover them that day. In the unlikely event that none of the other parents are able to cover, there is a paid substitute list ($40 per day), comprised of retired teachers and alumni parents.

Can a grandparent, nanny, or friend participate in the school in place of the parent or guardian?

A grandparent, nanny or friend is welcome to come observe a class at anytime with the parent’s or guardian’s permission, however, only the parent or guardian is able to fulfill the required cooperative duties.

How do parents handle nap time on Fridays for the T2s class?

Some parents choose to skip their child’s nap on Fridays, others put their child down early or late for nap on that day only. As the year goes on, the adjustment for the child gets easier and they are less tired during class.