What is a cooperative school?
A cooperative school gives parents the opportunity to participate in their child’s early education. At our school, parents may assist the certified teacher in the classroom, serve on a parent committee, or join the volunteer Board of Directors. Each adult working in our school receives training in classroom procedures and completes a background check, which includes fingerprinting.
What kind of education is available at the Morris Plains Co-op?
Our school’s child-centered curriculum integrates developmentally appropriate activities to encourage cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth. Research has repeatedly shown a link between play and the development of the prerequisite skills necessary for more complex learning.
Is the Co-op only for families with a stay-at-home parent?
No, the Co-op offers a variety of classes and additional programs with extended hours from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If neither parent is available to assist in the classroom, the family may choose the non-co-op option, or the role of teacher assistant may be filled by another adult family member or the child’s caregiver.
What does the co-op parent do during class?
How many days does each parent work during the year?
What if I can't make it when I am scheduled to help in the class?
Each family chooses the days to work in their child’s class. If a scheduling conflict arises, you may trade your day with another co-oping adult in the class.