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What is a co-op?
A parent cooperative is organized by a group of families with similar philosophies who want to provide their children with a quality spiritual, social and educational experience. The Teacher/Director is responsible for the curriculum, philosophy, supervision of parent helpers. The center is maintained by the parents on a non-profit, non-sectarian basis. The parents assist the teachers in the classroom on a rotating basis and participate in the educational program of all the children, thus making it truly a cooperative venture. Parents, infants, toddlers preschoolers and their teachers all go to school together and learn together.
Parents gain insight into child behavior by observing other children. They observe how other parents and the teachers handle various situations and gain greater understanding and enjoyment of their own children through active participation in their education. They have the opportunity to share their experiences with others while working together in a cooperative setting.
Children participate in a supervised play and learning experience with children of their own age. Equipment, materials and physical facilities are scaled to child size. An opportunity is provided to interact with adults other than their own parents. The ratio of one adult to three infants and one adult to five children allows for a greater sense of security, supervision and assistance. The children are able to find security and a feeling of belonging in a world which is non-threatening and interested in them. Faith based activities and lessons are interwoven in each subject. Children experience Christlike love and are nurtured in their faith as they try new things. Children have hands-on experiences in creative arts, music, science, literature, and language geared to their needs and developmental level.
For the Community
Parents and children develop an extended family with friendships they carry through their lives. Parents gain a strong sense of responsibility and develop positive self worth which carries over into every aspect of our faith community. The cooperative organization provides infant, toddler and preschool experiences within the financial means of families, because there is no cost. It allows parents some free time during the week to get involved in our community or experience a little margin from a very busy schedule that comes with raising young children.
Email Pastor Shane for more information about OroNaz Children’s Center Cooperative