About Alpha-Bet Preschool
What is a Cooperative Preschool? What is a Cooperative Hybrid Preschool?
Traditional Cooperative Preschool
A cooperative preschool is owned and/or operated by a group of parents and staffed by professional teachers and often a director. Parents help the teachers in the classroom and contribute some of the daily work necessary to operate a successful school.
In a traditional cooperative preschool a parent has dedicated time in the classroom each month and signs up to serve on a committee. Parents also make up the Board of Directors, which establishes the school’s policies and maintains school operations.
The benefits of this parental involvement are many. It demonstrates the family’s commitment to education, it allows for low student-to-adult ratios, and tuition costs are usually lower. It also gives parents unique insight into their child and their child's peers in the classroom. And kids LOVE having their parents in class with them!
What is a Cooperative Hybrid Preschool?
In a traditional cooperative preschool, all member families must spend time in the classroom each month and help out on committees. A hybrid model aims to give more flexibility to families who wish to attend the preschool, but due to job restraints, childcare issues or other situations, are not able to volunteer in the classroom on a regular basis. Each family still has a parent job to help run the school, but assisting in the classroom is optional. At Alpha-bet preschool, those families who do not co-op in the classrooms pay a higher tuition rate, so that we can pay an assistant to be in the classroom in your place.
The cooperative preschool experience can be a very rewarding one for both you and your child. Alpha-bet is proud to be the only licensed co-operative preschool in Prince William County and to be celebrating 50 years of education!