As part of a co-op preschool, Beehive parents have the opportunity to be an active part of their young child’s educational experience. Parents play an integral role at Beehive as a partner and supporter of the teachers. While most programs close their classroom doors to parents, Beehive invites them in. Children benefit from interacting with a group of adults from diverse professional backgrounds who are invested in Beehivers' success. Being part of a co-op is a wonderful and rewarding experience and also comes with responsibility because families are all working together with the teachers to create this unique and enriching learning environment.
A parent of each Beehive child volunteers in the classroom once or twice per month on a set schedule. Parents will spend time with their child, assist the teachers with learning activities, read books, play games; and in general model Beehive's Rule of 3: Take care of yourself, take care of others, and take care of your environment.
Beehive parents are asked to independently complete 15 hours of parent education throughout the entire year. Hours may be obtained by reading books or articles, attending meetings or workshops, or watching presentations dealing with parenting or child development. Several meaningful opportunities are provided to Beehive families throughout the school year to enhance their parenting skills and meet their parent education requirements.
One of the many wonderful benefits of a co-op experience is the continuous open communication between parents and teachers. Formal parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled twice a year; however, parents may request additional conferences at any time. Parents will be informed of any health issues, including exposure to serious communicable diseases that affect the Beehive children immediately. Notices and information regarding upcoming events are shared via email, the bulletin board, and parent newsletters.