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#1 of 3 Old 07-28-2014, 04:12 PM - Thread Starter
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help starting a preschool co-op

I have talked with the children's pastor at my church and she is very interested in co- hosting a preschool coop at the church. I had the idea since I didn't plan on putting dd and dsd in preschool this year and I know a few other members may want to participate as well as community members but i have never even been to a co-op! I have taught in daycare/sunday school as well as did lessons with my oldest at home for preschool but i don't know how or what to do to get started! Any tips? Or helpful websites?

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I have some experience with a preschool coop and it sadly ended amidst a pile of drama. So, I will share what I think would have made it work out better. We tried to make ours pretty loose and relaxed so mamas did not feel over-committed. What this meant is that people showed up loosely and did not commit! A few mamas ended up doing most of the work and then after a year, half the group left and joined another group. Though I am not really a fan of the idea, I would suggest some form of a contract. People's time and effort is as important as the money paid for signing your child up for a traditional preschool. I would also have a written description of how groups are to proceed, how they are to run and when mom's are expected to step up and run the group. I found the greatest challenge was communication. In my life experience (unfortunately), many women are highly reluctant to be honest about their feelings. Several of the women smiled and hugged when they saw you but were planning their exit without at the same time. They were never honest about their concerns. Sad and frustrating! I wish you the best with your group, I think it's a wonderful with the right planning ahead of time.

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Le Leche League has a book about learning at home during the preschool years, plus it contains a decent amount of info on starting a preschool coop:

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