FMCP officially began in August of 2000 and is York County’s only state licensed parent cooperative preschool. FMCP differs from other preschools in the county in that it is run by, and for, the preschool families. Each family shares in the operation of the school, from parent cooperative to maintenance (Parent workdays), and assists the teachers in the classroom on a regular basis. The teachers and parents work together to create a positive, safe, nurturing, and fun learning environment for all children. A strong sense of community flourishes within this cooperative structure.
At FMCP, we believe that children’s learning is fostered best in a positive environment that is taught with creative curriculum standards, child centered, and developmentally appropriate. Children are valued as individuals and treated with respect and understanding of their varied learning styles and developmental levels. Parents are respected as their child’s first teacher and considered valuable cooperative partners to the teacher in fostering their children’s development. We honor the young child’s need for warmth, movement, choice, security, and joyfulness, and intentionally design environments and interactions that nurture the development of the whole child.
The very nature of a cooperative preschool assumes that parents will be contributing, responsible participants in the operation of the school. Parents receive credits, as they choose what works best for their family. 4 credits (not hours) each month are required. We are family friendly and understand that some credits are just as simple as getting items for a cooking project, other credits are you helping us make decisions for the school(PTO)
Co-Op Parent choices:
Co-op Parent Participation in the Classroom:
Parent participation in the classroom is essential to the success of FMCP. We encourage members not to only be extra eyes and hands in the classroom as assistants to the teachers, but also to share any interests or talents with the children. $6 per hour credit towards your tuition for a coop parent who has a regular schedule to help in one of our many classrooms.These parents go through the same hiring process as the teachers and must pass a nationwide criminal background check as well as have specific child development training.
Each family is responsible for 4 credit hours per month. There are many ways to contribute to the life of the school and earn volunteer credits that relate to an individual’s interests and skills.Office staff initial classroom credits. Families keep a record of credits by the month.
Unfulfilled credits are billed monthly at the rate of $20 per credit.