The co-op model keeps our tuition costs low and allows parents to be deeply involved in their child’s preschool experience. It is, however, a large commitment and requires a significant investment of time and energy from each member family. Parent responsibilities at Peter Pan include the following:
- Workday: One parent per family works one day each week as a parent-teacher at the school from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, or until clean up is complete. Your workday will be the same day every week.
- Emergency Substitute Days: In order to cover for emergency absences, each family is required to sign up for 8 “e-sub” (emergency substitute) days per school year. On that day, you are only required to be available for an emergency call-in until 9:15 am.
- Weekly Job: Each family is assigned a job at the school that requires about an hour of work each week. Most weekly jobs can be done any time the school is not in session.
- Committees: Each family must serve on one of five committees at the school: fundraising, curriculum, maintenance, membership or finance. Committee work requires about 2 hours of work per month.
- Work Parties: Maintenance at the school is the responsibility of the membership. To keep the school in good repair, work parties are scheduled on several weekends throughout the school year, and each family is required to complete 10 maintenance hours per year.
- Membership Meetings: Membership meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 PM. Families are required to attend 9 of the 11 monthly membership meetings.
- Fundraisers: Peter Pan holds a number of fundraisers throughout the year (yard sales, candy sales, raffles, our Holiday Auction Party, etc). Each family must participate in two fundraisers per year.
The enrollment process at Peter Pan is as follows:
- Learn about us! Read about our philosophy, daily schedule, and membership requirements (above) to see if the co-op experience is right for you.
- Open House (optional): You are welcome to attend our annual open house night for an informal evening of questions, answers, and a tour of our building and grounds. Our 2017 open house will be held on Tuesday, January 24th from 7 to 8:30 PM (parents only, please).
- School Tours: See us in action! Families are required to attend a tour during school hours before applying to the school. We’ll be hosting several school tours in February and March. All tours are from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m., and the tours are for parents only—no kids, please. Our space is limited, and we do sometimes have to turn away those who come in a group without registering beforehand. You can sign up for a tour here.
- Request an Application: After completing a tour, if you’re still interested in our school, we ask that you follow up with our Membership Coordinator, Amy Shrago (firstname.lastname@example.org), to receive an application and an invitation to attend our Family Play Date.
- Family Play Date: Let us meet your family! On the morning of Saturday, March 10th, you and your child or children will spend some time with a few other families so we can get to know each other a little better. Please keep this date clear as it’s a key part of our admissions process.
- Admission / Waitlist Notice: In early April we notify all interested families with either an Admission Invitation or a notice of your place on our waitlist.
- Observation Days: If you are given an Admission Invitation, you will schedule 2-3 observation days when you and your child will come to school, so we can all play together and make sure that Peter Pan is the right fit for you and your family.
- Registration: After your first observation day, you’ll submit your $100 non-refundable deposit, non-refundable first month’s tuition, and registration paperwork.
- Congratulations! You are a member of Peter Pan! After completing your observation days and submitting your paperwork, deposit, and tuition, you’ll be informed of your admission to the school. You will be sent an summer orientation packet by the middle of August, including state-mandated health forms (you’ll be asked to take a TB test, to complete a health screening with your doctor, and to provide proof of immunization for both yourself and your child) and emergency contact forms.