What is a Co-op?

A Co-operative Preschool is a non-profit organization of parents who have joined together to set up and maintain a nursery school for their children.  Parents actively participate through:

•Attending general meetings

•Fundraising

•Performing an organizational job or sitting as an member of the school executive

Benefits of a Co-operative Preschool:

•Involvement:  Parents have input into the school's operation during the time their child attends the school. Parents have a unique opportunity to be directly involved in their child's first educational experience. Family involvement in an early childhood setting benefits children and enhances their learning experiences for years to come.

•Time with Your Child: Parents have the option to volunteer in the classroom.  Being in the classroom with your child enables you to spend time with your child in a learning environment. Here there is the opportunity to observe your child's development through creation, play, interaction with peers in a variety of learning opportunities.

•Connecting With Other Parents: Parents have the opportunity to work together and share with one another their experiences, to mutually understand the pressures and rewards of parenting. During the year, social connections are created between families. This fosters a sense of community whereby parents feel a greater connection with one another and long term friendships develop.

•Lower Costs: Since the school is managed and operated by the parents of the children enrolled in each year, the cost of operating the school is significantly reduced. The cost of East Plains Co-op Preschool is lower than a privately owned daycare or preschool.

Council of Co-Operative Preschools:

East Plains Co-operative Preschool is a member of the Hamilton & District Council of Co-operative
Preschools, a non-profit, charitable organization that promotes, encourages and supports the
involvement of parents in its co-operative preschools. For more information about the Council
please visit their website by going here.

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Learning Through Play

375 Plains Rd,

Burlington, Ontario

905-681-0233

East Plains Cooperative Preschool

registrar@eastplainspreschool.com

375 Plains Rd, Burlington, Ontario

905-681-0233