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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How many children attend the Co-op?
There are 31 children enrolled at the Co-op. Up to 25 attend on any given day.

2. How many days per week do kids attend?
The morning program runs Monday through Friday, 9:00-12:00 during the school year. Each child attends four days per week, with a designated off-day. Parents electing less days, pay the same tuition.

3. What is the adult/student ratio?
There are up to 25 children each morning, and 8 adults (the director, one teacher and six parent aides).

4. Is there an afternoon program?
Aftercare is available to members, Monday through Thursday from 12:00-4:00 p.m.  

5. What are the parent responsibilities?
At a minimum, parents of children enrolled in the morning program participate by:

  • Procure negative TB test and pediatric CPR certification

  • Fill out all paperwork and turn in with child immunization report

  • Provide proof pertussis, and measles vaccination and proof of flu vaccination OR letter for all working parents

  • Attend orientation day. 

  • One work day per week 8:40 AM to 12:15 PM

  • One job, averaging about 4 hours a month

  • Four projects: art, science, cooking, circle

  • One business meeting per month: 2nd Wednesday at 7:30 PM

  • Bringing food and drink to one business meeting per year (separately)

  • Four parent education events (or more!) per year

  • Maintenance days (four hours each) in the fall and the spring

  • Housekeeping once every twenty weeks

  • Emergency days once every six weeks

  • Provide one week of snacks

  • Fundraising—escrip, spring fundraiser tickets, one auction item

6. How do parents know what to do as a teacher's aide?
Parents receive a parent handbook, an orientation before school starts, parent education sessions, and workday meetings with the director. We balance each day's group of parent workers so newer members work alongside more experienced Co-op members. The teacher and director are always available for situations in which a parent feels unsure or uncomfortable.

7. Who is the director?
Our morning director, Rebecca Nowlen, has been an educator in California since 1999. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley in English Literature and has completed Associate Degree programs in liberal arts and music. She holds a Single-Subject Teaching Credential and a Site Supervisor Permit. Both of her children are co-op children, and Rebecca is inspired by the community of support that co-op’s foster. Her highest goal is to foster a community that honors individualism while providing mutual understanding and trust among the children and between the families.

8. Is there Summer School?
Summer school runs for six weeks during late June and July. The format is slightly different: there are only 15 children per session, all attend Monday through Thursday, the hours are 9:30-12:30, and children eat lunch at school.

9. How old does my child need to be to start at the Co-op?
Our license allows Children as young as 2 years 6 months but we require them to be 2 years 9 months and potty trained.  

10. How do I apply?
Complete an application form and mail with a check for $50 to the address below, or email our Membership Chairperson. 

Membership Chairperson
San Anselmo Co-operative Nursery School
24 Myrtle Lane
San Anselmo, CA 94960

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