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Why Cooperative Education

Why Cooperative education?

Cooperative education has many benefits.  In the classroom, participation offers a unique opportunity for the parents to deepen the parent-child relationship. Parents are able to learn about their preschooler’s development as well as skills and techniques for guiding young children.  Outside of the classroom, parents are an integral part of the program and participate in all aspects of running the school. “Where Parents and Children Learn and Grow Together.”  Our members often testify that they learn as much, if not more, than the children.

Other benefits include:

  • Living and enacting the model of community, inclusion, and kindness you hope your child will emulate.
  • Observing your child in peer group situations.
  • Setting the expectation of involvement in his/her life.
  • Broad access to parent education.
  • Gaining confidence in communicating with children

Co-op education has a positive impact on the children.

Children benefit from forming relationships and interacting with various adults, promoting confidence in themselves and their ability to relate to all ages.  In addition, studies show that the most impactful way to ensure positive outcomes for children, is to invest in parents. By working closely with families, “we help to foster [parents’] sense of belonging and their confidence. We help to strengthen parent’s capacity to support their children over a lifetime”. (Gale Fischer and Bridget Murray, “When Teachers Reflect”).


Finally, cooperative education goes beyond learning.  Working together to build a school for our children provides a sense of community and purpose that fosters friendships, personal growth as individuals, and a feeling of belonging.