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A Parent Cooperative

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A Parent Cooperative

Explore and Discover is a Parent Cooperative or “Co-Op”. A cooperative is “a farm, business, or other organization which is owned and run jointly by its members, who share the benefits.” In the case of Explore and Discover, the benefit is a diverse community of families and staff members who care for our children. 

Justin, Father of a toddler and infant child

“I love the Co Op model because I feel like I get to know every kid during my TA shifts each month. I get to spend time in both of my children’s classrooms. My toddler will loudly proclaim “my dad made our snack today!”

Co-op Responsibilities

We want to be as transparent as possible about these requirements as each family has approximately 4-6 hours of Co Op support and responsibility each month. We work together to help Explore and Discover run smoothly! 

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Co-op Support

At Explore and Discover, Parent Cooperative duties are essential for our center to function. Each family is required to spend 2 hours per month as a Teacher Assistant (TA) in school with duties that include snack preparation, kitchen cleaning, classroom setup, and supporting teachers in the classrooms. 

Each family also has a “Family Job” that equates to between 2-4 hours per month. Family jobs can range from laundry support to playground clean up to serving on our board. 

Twice annually, we have a “Work Day” on a Saturday that provides large project support to the center such as preparing the playground for summer, planting our garden, or building a fence. 

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Meetings

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As a non-profit and a Co-Op, we have a volunteer Board of Directors from within the community that supports the organization and leadership team. 

As a member of the Co-Op, you are required to attend a quarterly parent meeting. Parent meetings are at 6:00 on the 2nd Monday of the month in February, May, August, and November. Families need to all attend 4 meetings a year. Advisory Board meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm all meetings are open to any members of the community.

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Optional Events

The Co-Op also offers optional monthly social events for the community. Some events that we love are the  “Trunk or Treat”, Movie Night, and Brunch. 

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