A Parent’s Advice

Benefits of a Cooperative Nursery Education and How to Make the Most of Them

Research shows that participation in your child’s education is the number one influence on their social and academic success.  It far outweighs race, gender and socio-economic influences on success.  In other words by selecting a cooperative nursery school you’ve given your child a great first start on the road to success in school and in life.  Here are some specific benefits of cooperative nursery schools and suggested ways to capitalize on these benefits.

1.  Cooperative parents have a lot in common
This doesn’t mean that you will become best friends with every other family at CCNS, but the odds are in your favor that you will “click” with at least a few.

  • At the start of each year plan to spend a few extra minutes at pick up and drop off getting to know the other parents
  • Attend the school picnic and class coffees.  Make sure you mingle.
  • Don’t file the class list e-mails and phone numbers in a black hole; use this info to set up lunches, playdates etc.

2. You get to make a difference
Because involvement is a must, you get to play a role in molding your and your child’s experience at CCNS.

  • Volunteer for a committee you’ll be passionate about; you’ll enjoy giving your time more
  • If you have an interest or special skill, find a way to share it
  • Know the calendar and block out obligations early.  If you make school commitments a priority you will be less likely to schedule conflicts.

3. Cooperative parents are friendly, trustworthy adults
Participation requirements put your children in a situation where they become comfortable with and learn to “listen to” other parents

  • Utilize this network of respected adults when you are in need of carpools or “drop off” playdates

4. Through participation cooperative parents gain knowledge
Seeing a variety of children on a regular basis gives you a broader understanding of “child development, education and parenting”

  • “Value the chance to observe other children”
  • Foster behaviors you like and discourage ones you don’t
  • Know when it is “just a phase”

5. Cooperative parents see their children through the eyes of others
We all know our kids can be different creatures when we leave the room.  A cooperative nursery program gives you a window into their lives without you.

  • Be a true observer when you participate and share those observations.  Let parents know the funny, sweet, interesting and even naughty things their kids do when they aren’t in the room.

6. Cooperative students develop strong friendships
Small class sizes lead to strong bonds between children.

  • Plan a regular weekly meeting time & place (park, library or pizza place work well).  Those that are free can drop by.  Attendance will vary but you’ll almost always get at least a few kids each week.
  • Continue to foster relationships with one on one or small group playdates

Your years at CCNS will go faster than you think.  Make the most of them!