What is a Co-op Preschool?

A cooperative preschool is a non-profit organization owned and operated by the parents of the children enrolled. Together, the members shape the direction and policies of the schools with the guidance of a qualified teacher. They share a philosophy that emphasizes the importance of self esteem in a child's healthy development that recognizes the value of learning through play.

Benefits of Cooperative Preschools

  • Parent involvement with children in a hands-on learning environment
  • Sharing special times and memories with your child
  • Being a part of a small business that is run by the members
  • An opportunity to meet other parents of young children
  • Support during the joyous and trying times of child-rearing
  • A place to make use of your talents
  • Access to experts on child development at educational conferences

Cooperative preschool teachers are warm, caring people who respect young children and their parents, relate easily to them, and help provide a safe, nurturing environment where children can learn and grow.

Responsibilities of a Livonia Co-op Preschool Family

  • A family representative works in the classroom about twice each month. The classroom adult to child ratio is about 1:5. 
  • The family provides snack for the child’s class about once per month
  • The family meets its own annual fundraising goal of $200 through quarterly fundraising opportunities, including working at least two shifts at a charity poker fundraiser.
  • A family representative attends the membership meetings 6 times a year. These meeting occur Monday evenings, usually on the first Monday of the month. All decisions are made by the general membership (all parents) or by the Co-Op Board (parents elected by the general membership) so family participation is crucial. 
  • The family performs the duties of its assigned job. Professionally-educated teacher and aide are the co-op's only paid employees. Parents do everything else so each family has a job at the school. A list of jobs can be found in the application packet and the parent handbook. 

*Parents, grandparents, or other family members/friends may act as the family representative. Everyone who works in the classroom must submit paperwork for a criminal background check.

*Note that these responsibilities are for families of children in the 3- and 4-year-old classes. Participants in the Parent/Child Class for 2-year-olds are not required to take on further responsibilities.

Livonia Co-op Brochure