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About Co-Op Preschools

How a Co-Op is Managed

A woman and a boy doing puzzlesAs a cooperative preschool, RCNS believes that parents are a vital part of a child’s first school experience. In addition to formally trained and licensed professional teachers who guide the daily curriculum towards play-based learning objectives, parents take scheduled turns assisting the teacher for the full morning in the classroom. We believe that parent participation is a wonderful way to know our children more deeply, to show them in a strong and meaningful way that we value their educational experience, and to grow together as parents in a nurturing community.

A man and a girl participating in a class activity.Cooperative preschools, or “co-ops,” are owned and run by parents, all of whom serve on the Executive Board or in other administrative positions, and by the Educational Director.

By serving in administrative positions, participating in daily classroom activities and volunteering for school fundraisers, parents have the unique opportunity to observe their child’s daily interactions, recognize their child’s accomplishments at school and develop relationships with teachers.

Why Choose a Cooperative Preschool?

Taking part in a cooperative preschool allows you to be directly involved with your child’s early education. Being able to supervise your child, and the teacher, guarantees your child is safe and with the best teachers anywhere. Interacting with a community of other parents who share your commitment to childhood and receiving modeling by the teacher as you help, gives you opportunities to learn alongside your child. Most importantly, choosing a cooperative preschool gives you extra time to bond with your child and create memories together. Your child will always know that education is important in your family because you live it every day.
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Visit our For Parents page to learn more about the co-oping experience.


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Rockville Community Nursery School admits students of any race, creed, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. RCNS does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, other school-administered programs, and employment of faculty and administrative staff.