Co-op Options

Suburban Nursery School currently offers the following co-oping options to families. These flexible co-oping options were made to make our cooperative preschool more accessible to those families who want to be involved in their child’s classroom and early childhood education but have limited time or availability due to life/work obligations. Flexible co-op options are limited, and considered on a first-come, first-served basis with applications.

Average Full Co-op classroom obligations entail parents volunteering in the classroom as follows:

  • Two or Three-day enrollment – Parents co-op 2-3 times per month
  • Four-day enrollment – Parents co-op 3-4 times per month
  • Five-day enrollment – Parents co-op 4-5 times per month

These co-op frequencies include one day per month when parents are on “E” (emergency back-up) co-op duty. For these days, parents must be available to fill in for another family who has an emergency that morning. If all scheduled families arrive that morning, the E co-op parent is excused.

Flexible Co-op Options

No “E”: No emergency back-up on co-op days

Bluebirds and Redbirds (4 and 5 day enrollment only)
Limited Co-op: Parents co-op one half the number of days as Full Co-oping families
Once-per-Month Co-op: Parents co-op one time per month, plus one “E” day

Bluebirds and Redbirds (3, 4, and 5-day enrollment)
No “E”: No emergency back-up on co-op days

In addition to co-oping in the classroom, each SNS family has the following responsibilities:

  • Snack Preparation: Parents provide snack for their child’s class approximately ½ the days they co-op in the classroom.
  • Parent Meetings: At least one parent from each family is required to attend all parent meetings. (approximately 3-4 meetings per year)
  • Committee or Service: Each family is required to help with the work of one of the SNS operating committees. Committees include: Board positions, Membership, Administrative, Housekeeping, Hospitality, Fundraising, Communications, and Science and Art.

Further details about co-oping obligations for our families can be found in our
Co-oping Agreement.