Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Co-op?
The term “cooperative nursery school” describes a school where parents’ efforts are crucial to the school’s day-to-day running and to its overall existence. Parents work closely with the teachers and the children and they are actively involved with many aspects of the school. We appeal to parents who are interested in helping create and foster a quality nursery school environment, and who are interested in becoming more involved with their children’s lives and education. Everyone’s efforts, and everyone’s willingness to give what they can (time, insights and expertise) are vital to the operation and success of our school. The Co-op brings together many wonderful people. We offer the opportunity for close parent-child interaction, parental education in areas related to experiences and issues in the preschool years, and the opportunity to be involved in maintaining and caring for the school.
How old does my child need to be to attend?
Enrollment to the preschool program is open to students who are 2 years 9 months of age by September 1 of the intended school year. The Toddler class welcomes children 1 year and 9 months of age by September 1 of the intended school year.
Does my child need to be potty-trained to attend Co-op?
No, your child does not need to be potty trained. We respect that all children have different timing with development steps and they will learn when they are ready.
If I missed the April registration is it too late do so after April?
It is always good to call the school and ask if we have openings.
What is the ratio of children to teachers and adults?
Each class consists of 18 kids, 2 teachers and 3 parents.
How and when do I enroll my child?
Registration is by U.S. Mail only. Forms will be available at the School House in a designated location on April 1. Registration forms are not mailed to families. You are responsible for obtaining your registration form. More information is available on our enrollment and tuition page.
What are the California Immunization Requirements?
Please see Appendix E on page 50 in the School Handbook, or see www.shotsforschool.org for California requirements. You can also call the Napa County Health Department, 707-253-7270 for immunization needs and advice.
What classes do you offer?
The Co-op in a Nutshell (Things You Must Do):
Complete the Adult Education Class
The Adult Education classes, taught by our Parent Advisor, consisting of a total of ten hours (spread out over several sessions). This is a one-time requirement for working in the classroom. Parents holding Reduced Participation positions still need to fulfill this requirement. If a participant in the Adult Education class misses a session, a “make-up” must be completed as approved by the Parent Advisor. New parents joining the school after the Adult Education classes have been taught must consult with the Parent Advisor to arrange for a “make-up” program.*
The Co-op operates throughout the public school year with vacations and holidays coinciding with the school calendar of the St. Helena Unified School District, with whom we are affiliated.