Frequently Asked Questions
Playmates Cooperative has offered families a supportive and creative learning environment for over 50 years. We are a non-profit, nonsectarian, interracial cooperative organization formed and operated by parents and experienced staff. Together, we provide an excellent child-centered nursery program for children 2½ to 5½ years of age.
Do you accept children with special needs?
Children with special needs are welcome.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
No. Children are not required to be potty trained.
What is a Workday?
Parent participation is at the heart of the co-op experience and its day-to-day workings. In addition to paying yearly tuition, all teaching member families are required to fulfill certain responsibilities each school year. These include working as a teacher during a morning or afternoon session every week, serving on a committee and helping with school maintenance.
Teaching families have one regularly-scheduled workday each week. For the AM program, the shift is 8:45 am to 12:00 pm For the PM program, it is 12:45 pm to 4:00 pm. If your child attends our one-hour lunch program, Lunch Bunch, at least one day per week, you will also be required to work the Lunch Bunch shift from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm one day a week.
What is your adult-to-child ratio?
An adult-to-child ratio of one-to-five provides individualized attention, a safe environment, and many opportunities for creative expression.
Do you have Extended Care?
Yes. Extended Care is available by contract and on a drop-in basis. Contracted Extended Care must be consistent from week to week and Drop-In Extended Care may be available.
- 7:30 am- 8:00 am
- 8:00 am – 9:00 am
- 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
- 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lunch Bunch is also available from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Children bring their own lunches.
What is Young5?
Our special Young5 program offers a program tailored especially for the individual needs of young five year olds. To enroll in our Young5 program, a child must be five years old by December 31st.
How do I Enroll?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a registration form or arrange for a tour of the school.