What Else Do You Need to Know?
Cooperative preschools depend on all families to help the school run. The two teachers are the only paid employees; all the rest of the work is done by the membership.
Depending on class size, parents generally work in the classroom approximately three or four times a month.
Each family is also expected to hold at least one job, which will be chosen at the beginning of the year, and be on one committee. These jobs can vary from board positions to laundry, or from maintenance to teacher's assistant. Parents are also expected to help with one of the monthly deep-cleanings at the school.
Involvement with fundraising events and other school activities is expected. Narrows is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and fundraising is an integral part of keeping the school running and tuition low.
As part of your membership at Narrows, you will be enrolled in Bates College's Parent Education Program—you are enrolling yourself in school as well! Parents are required to get eight Parent Ed credits over the course of the year. This isn’t difficult to achieve – there is at least one opportunity every month! Social events, fundraisers, and training can all qualify for Parent Ed credits. We want you to be involved in the community of Narrows, and Parent Ed opportunities help you do just that.