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What is a normal day like at McMinnville Playschool?
Even though times may vary, the following routine will take place daily:

  • 8:45 Arrival of Parent Teachers
    Parents participating in the classroom arrive early to help setup and prepare for the day.
  • 9:00-9:15 Arrival of Students
    The teacher will be at the door to great children as they arrive. This helps to ease the transition from home to school.
  • 9:00-10:30 Open Exploration
    Children choose from a variety of activities in the classroom. Art, science, manipulatives, reading, dramatic play and block areas are always available. Parents are available to read, replenish supplies and keep company with children. Snack occurs during this time.
  • 10:30-11:00 Clean Up
    Everyone is encouraging children to find helpful ways to get our classroom clean for the next day of fun.
  • 11:00-11:15 Circle Time
    Children are invited to sing, hear stories and share in this circle.
  • 11:20-11:55 Recess
    Gross motor skill activities are set up in different rooms in the Community Center. We also have our Good- Bye Circle during this time.
  • 11:50 Teacher Review with Parents Teacher greets parents/guardians in hallway to recap the events of the school day.
  • 12:00 Dismissal
    Children are brought back from recess to the hallway and their waiting parent/guardian. Art, sweaters, backpacks and information from parent boxes is collected.
  • 12:00-12:15 Parent Teacher Clean Up
    While the teacher dismisses students, Parent Teachers finish cleaning up.
  • 12:15-12:30 Parent/Teacher Meeting
    Parent Teachers and the teacher discuss the day’s events. This is an excellent chance for parents to bring any problems or concerns about the class day to the teacher.
What is a cooperative preschool?
A cooperative preschool is a program that is operated by a group of parents who take an active interest in their children’s first educational experience. Parents help the teacher in the classroom, are given opportunities for education, and are involved in decision-making. (from PCPO Website)
What are the benefits to enrolling my child in a cooperative school?
Benefits a Cooperative School Offers Children:

  • New experiences and a wider world to explore and enjoy
  • A teacher who encourages their sense of self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Parents in the classroom which insures an above average adult to child ratio
  • Children of similar ages with whom to play and learn respect for the differences and rights of others
  • Play equipment, learning games, expressive materials, and art activities not generally available at home
  • Field trips, story-telling, musical and dramatic play, exercise for large motor muscles and activities to stimulate small muscle coordination
  • A positive attitude toward future school attendance

Benefits a Cooperative School Offers Parents:

  • Participation in their children’s education away from home
  • A better understanding of their children’s individuality through observing them with other children the same age
  • A voice in school decisions and policy-making
  • Education in child development and parenting skills at parent meetings, PCPO Conferences, and through publications
  • Mutual understanding and moral support from other parents with the same concerns, interests, and problems
  • Memories of activities shared with children
When does the school year begin and end?
Our school year typically begins in mid-September and ends at the end of May. Holidays and inclement weather closures correspond with the McMinnville School District calendar.
Does my child need to be potty trained to attend the school?
No, potty training is not required.
What is the age range of children attending the preschool?
Preschool
Children must be 3 by November 30th
Toddler Group
18month – 3 years
Pre-Kinder
Children need to be entering kindergarden in the next Fall
How many children are in each program?
Following are the maximum class sizes for each of our programs:

  • Preschool: 16 students per class
  • Pre Kinder Enrichment: 10 students per class
  • Toddler Group: 10 students per class
How many times a month does a parent teacher volunteer in the classroom?
On average, a family will be in the classroom as a parent teacher 2-3 times a month.
Are the parents responsible for developing curriculum and lesson plans?
No. The school’s teacher is responsible for developing the curriculum and daily activities for the classroom.
What is the adult to child ratio?
There are three parent teachers and one teacher in the preschool classroom, with an adult to child ratio of 1:4, in the Pre Kind Enrichment there is 1 parent teacher and one teacher with a 1:5 ratio, and in Toddler Group a parent or caregiver must accompany each child.
Can I bring my younger child to the classroom when I parent teach?
Our school does allow immobile infants, which must be carried or worn at all times.
What discipline methods are used at the school?
Parents and teachers provide helpful guidance to children by respectfully acknowledging feelings while redirecting or limiting behavior. The goal is to support young children as they gain the ability for self-discipline. We also use problem solving as the main strategy to help children resolve conflicts.

The steps of conflict resolution we use are:

  • Offer help.
  • Gather information.
  • Restate the problem.
  • Ask for possible solutions.
  • Evaluate ideas.
  • Get agreement.
  • Congratulate children on solving a problem.
Does the school make accommodations for children with allergies?
Yes. Our school strives to accommodate all allergies, and will do our best to address intolerances. An allergy list is posted on the classroom door so that all adults are aware of any allergies a child may have. All snacks provided by the school will be allergy free.
What are some examples of family jobs?
Family jobs are set up to keep our school running smooth, cooperatively and to provide the best environment for our children. Some examples of our family jobs are Snack and Supplies Coordinator, Librarian, Laundry, Enrichment Coordinator, Treasurer, Registrar and President.
Can I visit the school and observe the class and teacher?
Yes. We welcome those interested in registering or being placed on our waiting list, to call and set up a date to visit our classroom in action. We recommend that you bring your child with you so that you may observe how our classroom works and if it works for your child.
Does the school have an outside space?
We do not have access to an outside space. Fortunately, we are able to use the large, warm and dry community center gymnasium. Trikes, balance beams, tumbling mats, and many other fun activities are set up each and every recess.