What does parent participation look like?
“The child’s brain has the innate wisdom to tell the child what they need to do.” – Jane M Healy
As each class begins, the children proceed to wherever and whatever their brain is directing them. The preschool, inside and outside, is filled with opportunities and materials for the children to engage with. The responsibility of the Staff and Parents is to create a rich environment for the children, to arrive on time, ready and prepared to supervise their play as the children immediately fill every part of the preschool – inside the preschool and in the play yard.
We believe that having parents share in the experience of RCP is the best way to support the whole child. We ask parents to work 1 day a week in the classroom. Parents are scheduled in an area of the school each week and they are at the school the same time as their child.
The staff supports and prepares the parents through our Mandatory Orientation, Monthly Parent Meetings, and one-on-one conversations throughout the year. We are committed to the parent participation model as we find it the most valuable way to connect with families while honoring the developmental needs of young children. We believe participation builds community. It models to the children the importance of working together and it instills in them the sense of “Belonging.”
A Community exists when there is:
- A shared sense of purpose
- Agreement on Core Values
- Shared Responsibility
On a typical day you will be working in the preschool with 8-10 other parents as well as the Staff and the Director of the preschool. You will know in advance what your assigned area of the preschool will be on your Work Day. Class VPs set the Parent’s work schedule and strive to make your experience as a working parent an important and meaningful one. There is a very good chance it will be filled with many golden moments and incredible memories as we collectively watch over the children at play.
Participation does not end in the classroom. We also require families perform eight (8) hours at the school during off hours. This time can be spent during:
- Workdays (8 hrs. for school maintenance – typically on a weekend), or
- Working shifts at fundraising events like the Fall Festival, or
- The 5K Fun Run, or
- The Fireworks Booth
- Occasionally there are Special Projects that occur during the year (at the discretion of the Director) that offer opportunities to satisfy your Work Hours.
Parents are also required to attend start of the year Orientation and Monthly Parent Meetings.