How much does the school cost? What days and at what time do classes meet?
See the Programs and Fees page for this information.
How often do I need to work in the classroom?
Approximately two times per month. On those days, you would need to arrive 15 minutes before drop-off time, and stay 15 minutes after pick-up time, to complete the parent helper tasks as specified by the teacher. Your child can be in the classroom during that time.
Are Parent Meetings, Fundraising, or working in the classroom mandatory?
Yes. At least one parent or guardian must attend our parent meetings, assist in our fundraising efforts, and volunteer in the classroom. As a co-op preschool, our program relies on our member families to engage in parent education, help us maintain our student/teacher classroom ratios, and ensure we meet our financial obligations.
When I volunteer in the classroom, may I bring my other children with me?
Unfortunately, you cannot bring children with you when you volunteer (other than the children you have enrolled in the class already). Doing so adversely impacts our insurance coverage, and affects the student/teacher ratio that we are required to maintain in our classrooms.
What fundraising does the school do, and what is my expected contribution?
Our main fundraiser is an annual garage sale, typically in October. Each family is asked to donate items to sell there, for a sale value of $100 and to work one shift setting up or selling at event.
What if I am interested in donating to the program?
Our co-op preschool operates as a non-profit, and donations are tax-deductible. Checks should be made out to “Children’s Co-Op Preschool.”
What is the preschool’s relationship to Whatcom Community College (WCC)?
The WCC website explains: “Whatcom Community College is affiliated with preschool programs in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County. Based on the belief that parents are the first and most important teachers of their children, cooperative preschools offer an educational experience for both parents and children. Parents are enrolled in a WCC Parent Education class when they place their preschooler in a preschool.” Please contact us directly if you would like additional information on our parent education program facilitated by WCC.
How does communication happen between parents and CCP?
Teachers write a monthly letter to parents in each class, describing that month’s themes and activities. Each day’s specific songs, stories, activities, and snack (for toddlers) are posted on a board outside the classroom so parents see this at drop-off and pick-up times. There is an email distribution list for each class plus the entire preschool, for relevant announcements and news. Parents have a specific place to pick up their newsletters, book club order forms, and their children’s art. Teachers welcome questions from parents, both in and out of the classroom. And, one night a month, parents, teachers, and the WCC facilitators meet at the school to discuss any preschool business, plus a parent education topic.
Can I visit my child’s classroom?
Yes, you are welcome to join your child’s classroom at any time.
Do the children go on field trips?
Yes, all three classes take field trips, varying per class. Past field trips have included children’s museums, fire stations and the Mt. Baker Theater.
Will I have to provide classroom supplies?
No. Your $90 commitment fee prior to school starting covers classroom supplies for the year.