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Preschool Cooperatives 101 Leta Mach Parent Cooperative Preschools International NCBA webinar presented on August 20, 2009.

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1 Preschool Cooperatives 101 Leta Mach Parent Cooperative Preschools International NCBA webinar presented on August 20, 2009

2 First parent cooperative preschool Founded 1916 University of Chicago Child care while mothers helped with war efforts Education for both children & parents Sector Overview

3 More than 1000 preschool co-ops and child care centers in the U.S. Since 1916 spread around the world Traditionally a Parent Model preschool Other models/adaptations since 1916 Sector Overview

4 Employee Model In or near the worksite Benefits both employer & employee Senate Employees Child Care Center NIH Preschool GEO Kids Sector Overview

5 Consortium Model Several companies form the co-op Benefits both employer & employee Kids in the Kountry Sector Overview

6 Worker Cooperative Model Childspace Cooperative Development Philadelphia Benefits both employee & parent Health care benefits for employees Lower turnover Sector Overview

7 Members own the business Elect a Board of Directors Board hires professional staff, the preschool director Director may hire additional staff Members often help in the classroom Structure

8 Most organized as 501c3 non-profits Typical fees: Non-refundable application fee Enrollment/registration fee Monthly tuition and late fees – may require last months tuition at beginning of the year Non-co-oping option fee Structure

9 University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives statistics $420M in revenue $141M in wages paid 6,000 jobs Economic Impact

10 Provides high-quality child care Emphasizes parent involvement Prepared and sensitive teachers Child-centered curriculum Sweat equity helps lower costs Members gain leadership and business skills and often become leaders in their communities Sector Benefits

11 Parent Education is a key attribute Formal regular education programs Parent education material & libraries Informal education while assisting and observing in the classroom Offers a co-op family for community connection & support Special Programs

12 The two-income working family makes co-oping difficult. Options: Use other family members or babysitters in the classroom Contribute in other ways: committee service or weekend/evening projects Extra fees Public & private sector competition Finding and keeping a location Challenges

13 Strengths Variety & Diversity Each school is organized to meet the needs of its members Educational philosophy is determined by members with elected Board and professional staff Most based on learning through play and developmentally appropriate practices

14 Cross Sector Opportunity Consider a cooperative child care center for employees Provide flexible hours for employees to help them work in the classroom Market the cooperative preschools in your neighborhood When appropriate, offer space in your facilities for a co-op preschool


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