What is a Co-op?

A cooperative school is run by a parent community and requires a commitment to help in the classroom and provide other support as assigned to ensure the school’s operations. Our teachers are the only paid employees of the school and have specialized training and background in early childhood development and teaching.

Choosing a cooperative environment like Multnomah Playschool means:

  • A better adult:child ratio in the classroom (4:1). There are 2 parents in each class in addition to the 2 teachers every day.
  • More time with your children creating lasting memories, as well as being a part of their educational experiences away from home.
  • Becoming a part of a supportive community of like-minded parents.
  • Access to educational resources.

Families who enroll in Multnomah Playschool agree to:

  • Parent teach in the classroom two to three times each month.
  • Hold a defined job in support of the school.
  • Participate in all fundraising activities.
  • Participate in Fall and Spring work parties and one Saturday housekeeping session during the school year.
  • Attend mandatory monthly general meetings (approximately six per year).