Cooperative Preschools Near Me

Cooperative Preschools Near Me

Capitol Hill Learning Group
Capitol Hill Learning Group (CHLG) offers teacher-led classes beginning at 2.5 years and includes a teacher-led cooperative for primary aged students that combines classroom based education with home based education. We're a cooperative program, and parents contribute by assisting in their child's classroom on a rotating basis and by volunteering in other capacities to help keep the school running smoothly. CHLG is faith-based in the Christian tradition, and while we are organized in such a way that there is freedom to talk about God, Jesus Christ and the Bible, we welcome families from other faiths as well as families who do not consider themselves religious. CHLG's preschool program provides curriculum for all areas of a child's growth- physical, emotional, spiritual, social, linguistic, aesthetic and cognitive. We focus on what is familiar to children and on creative play through which children learn social roles, cooperation and problem solving. Children learn through experimenting, observing, wondering, exploring and questioning. Our curriculum seeks to provide children with the skills that will both help them learn as well as develop a love for learning. We promote a child's inner drive and excitement about learning as they use and apply knowledge, process and skills. The Hybrid Academy at CHLG is a unique primary schooling opportunity that pairs classroom learning with home based education, allowing for a rigorous academic program that can be tailored to the individual child's strengths and needs. Our Hybrid model consists of small classes (10 children maximum) taught by professional teachers. Classes meet on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00-1:00. Our teachers partner with parents in the education of the child by providing consults on an as needed basis and by regular written communication regarding assignments to be completed at home on non-class days (Mondays and Wednesdays).

About Cooperative Preschools Near Me

A co-op preschool can follow any one of the many preschool philosophies such as Montessori, play-based, Reggio Emilia, or Waldorf. The main difference between a cooperative preschool and a regular one is that the board of directors is run by the preschoolers' parents, who oversee hiring teachers, setting the preschool curriculum, buying supplies, and so forth. Parents in a co-op daycare or preschool are expected to help in the classroom, anywhere from once a month to once a week or more. They might also be asked to serve on a committee and help with fundraisers. Because of the high level of parental involvement, the cost of co-op preschools or daycares is typically lower, without sacrificing the quality of care and early learning.

While it is possible for parents to be involved when their child starts daycare for any kind of program, the cooperative approach allows an unmatched level of involvement in their children's early childhood education. However, these types of child care and preschool programs can be very time-consuming for working parents. Therefore, since cooperative daycares and preschools follow whatever teaching philosophy is agreed upon by the board, the most important question for prospective parents will be whether they are able to meet the level of commitment that is required. It might be a perfect fit, but if both parents work full-time, it may be difficult to meet the demands of a co-op child care program.

If at least one parent can commit to being involved, a cooperative daycare can be a great option, especially for families with young children. The strong parental presence will provide a more nurturing environment than in many non-cooperative child care programs. This is a perfect option for parents who want a more direct impact on their child's early education since everything from enrollment numbers, to classroom layout, and curriculum will be defined by the board of (parent) directors. Children will have more consistency in a co-op preschool and the sense of community is often very strong.

On the other hand, children who are prone to separation anxiety might have a better learning experience when their parents are not in the classroom. It also could be difficult for some children to see their parents giving a lot of attention to other kids. Finally, it's worth considering that parents will naturally have some disagreements when it comes to the best way to educate young children, and differing opinions will clash more often in a cooperative setting. Nevertheless, for those with the ability and willingness to take on the responsibility, participating in a co-op preschool or child care center can be a rewarding experience for both parent and child.

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Christian Family Montessori School

Over three decades ago, a small group of parents desired a school for their children where the teachers would treat the students respectfully, as... human beings loved by God, as well as nurturing them academically. Christian Family Montessori School opened in September of 1981 with 12 students, meeting in the living room of Catherine and Charley Maresca. Rebekah Rojcewicz was their teacher, called to our school from her study in Rome with Sofia Cavalletti, initiator of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. In March 1982 CFMS made its home at St. James Catholic Church in Mt. Rainier, MD where it would remain for nearly 30 years. During those years the school added a second Primary class and two Elementary classes serving children from age 2 1/2 through 12 year olds in the sixth grade. In June 2012 CFMS moved to its present home located at St. Paul's Rock Creek Episcopal Parish surrounded by the beautiful grounds of the historic Rock Creek Church Cemetery. As the school celebrated its 30th year, it also was able to offer both Traditional and All-Day Primary Montessori programs to provide various scheduling options for families including half-day and full-day classes between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The two Elementary classes have a full school day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with the option of Elementary Extended care until 6:00 p.m. Through its growth and in various locations, the school has maintained its founding vision of providing an education that nourishes children in body, mind, and spirit. Since its opening, CFMS has offered financial assistance in an effort to serve an economically diverse community of families. The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) recognizes Christian Family Montessori School as a recognized A.M.I. Montessori School at the Primary and Elementary levels.

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