What is a Co-Op?

What is a Co-Op?

As a cooperative preschool, the Red Barn School’s success depends upon the commitment and participation of parents who, as members of the Red Barn School corporation, are owners of the school. There is no question that parents who commit to a cooperative preschool invest more time and energy in the school than they would at a traditional nursery school. However, the benefits of belonging to a co-op are numerous. Children benefit from a supportive community of parents who are actively engaged in their child’s learning experience. Parents gain firsthand knowledge of early childhood development, find a strong voice as an advocate for their child and are able to use their many talents and skills in a variety of ways.

Red Barn involves parents in their child’s classroom and also in the planning, administration and maintenance of the school. One parent from each family helps in their child’s classroom approximately once per month and serves as a member of the Board of Directors or fills another parent job for the school year. In addition, one parent from each family must complete one workday or workday equivalent per year.

Parent Responsibilities