Amazing Life Games Pre-School welcomes parents to become part of the ALG community. While the most obvious way to become involved is through co-oping, ALG recognizes that this option doesn’t work for all families. There are many ways to get involved in the school beyond co-oping. We welcome parents who have a special skill, hobby or cultural tradition to bring them to the classroom for an hour or two. We have had parents share their medical equipment, pets, favorite recipes and dances with children in the school. In addition, parents have redesigned our logo, created designs for our annual t-shirts, helped with bookkeeping, built a greenhouse and helped to break down the school on occasional weekends. We also have a very dedicated parent-led steering committee that oversees the day to day functioning of the school.
ALG also creates opportunities for parents to get to know one another. Whether it is our annual family fun day, or our traditional thanksgiving feast…there are great ways to meet other families (current and alum) whose children attend ALG.
We also share pieces of your child’s day through our daily blog and bi-monthly photo albums. These dialogues are great ways for you to see your child in action at ALG, and to see the many ways that play is helping your child grow.
Parent resources are listed to help you learn more about current research on child development and links to other useful websites. Resources also include all DC mandated medical, health and travel forms, ALG tuition, and the ALG Parent Handbook.
Parents and the professional staff work together to create ALG’s special environment.
ALG has functioned as a cooperative program since 1991, and has been enriched by the talents and experience of parents, as well as by the greater sense of community that results from greater family involvement. Parents who contribute classroom or administrative time are charged a lower tuition.
Most parent involvement comes in the form of direct classroom participation. “Co-opers” spend one or two mornings a month at the school on a day when their child attends. Co-oping offers parents the unique opportunity to interact with their child and their child’s peers in a comfortable environment free of everyday distractions. Co-oping also allows children to learn from, and interact with, other parents.
Co-opers also fill administrative positions at the school and, along with the director, form the school’s steering committee. All parents, including non co-opers, are expected to attend parent meetings, workshops and parent-teacher conferences, and help out with clean up workdays at the school and our annual fundraising events.
The cooperative system brings parents and children into a community centered around the children’s early experiences out in the world. Parents gain valuable support and camraderie, and children benefit from forming relationships with many interested adults around them. Many families form lasting friendships, for both parents and children, during their time at ALG.