Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child need to be potty trained?

Yes. CCNS is not equipped with a diaper changing area, and any time spent changing diapers is time our teachers are taken away from the classroom. Learning self-help skills are an important part of preschool, so all children will be encouraged to use the potty, which includes unbuttoning pants, wiping, and washing hands. It is really beneficial to your child if you can work on these skills together before school starts. 

Who runs the school?

The only paid positions at CCNS belong to the teachers; all other necessary work for the organization and operation of the school is performed by member families. The school is generally run by an elected Executive Board which consists of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Education Consultant, Membership Coordinator, Fundraising Coordinator, and Publicity Coordinator. 

What is it like to be part of a Co-Op?

 Don’t be intimidated – members of the cooperative are normal parents just like you. We’re all nervous at first about sending our child to school and we only want the best for our kids. Being part of the cooperative allows you the involvement that’s rare in a public school setting. As part of the Co-Op, we all have the responsibility and privilege of assisting in the education of our children. It’s fulfilling, and a great way to meet local families and to feel involved in the community. 

How much fundraising is required?

The amount of fundraising really depends upon enrollment. The more children that are enrolled, the more tuition the school is bringing in, which means less fundraising. Fundraising doesn’t always mean asking your family and friends to buy something. We try to vary our fundraisers and make them fun whenever possible. Hello wine tasting!! . 

What if I can't participate in all Co-Op activities?

 There are financial “opt-out” options if you feel you cannot fully serve as a member of the cooperative. An opt-out simply means that you will pay a higher tuition rate. Opt-out tuition is determined by the Executive Board. If you are interested in this option, please let our membership coordinator know. 

What if I want to only go 2 or 3 days?

 You will still be required to pay the 5 day a week part time or full time rate. We require a 30 day notice to any changes in (days per week) attendance. For example, your child started the year attending three days a week but now you feel he/she is ready to attend five days OR you decide that five days a week is not working for your family so you would like to decrease the number of days per week your child attends. .