Learning Tree Cooperative Preschool is ...
A non-profit, parent-run organization, licensed by the State of Michigan. St. John’s Episcopal Church graciously contributes the use of the facilities and subsidizes scholarships for families with need, but the operation of the preschool is solely the responsibility of the parents and teacher. Thus the word “Cooperative” is included in our title – as cooperation between parents and teachers is essential.
We encourage problem solving in a loving, safe, play-based environment that develops confidence and fosters independence. This foundation for learning is cultivated by highly educated and caring teachers in a positive atmosphere. Through play and creative problem solving, exposure to literacy, math and science fundamentals are introduced and socialization skills are nurtured. We believe in empowering children by providing an atmosphere that allows children to learn by doing through concrete, hands-on experiences. Our priority is to provide a program that reflects the needs and goals of children and families.
Tuition schedules are set to cover the salaries of the teachers and aides, who are the only paid employees of the preschool. The preschool has no administrative or maintenance staff so activities such as cleaning and repairs depend on the volunteer efforts of parents.
The preschool board is staffed by 4 officers (President, Administrator, Treasurer & Secretary) and 4 committee chairs (Publicity, Ways & Means/Fundraising, Communications, and Event Coordinator). This volunteer group of parents is responsible for making all budget and policy decisions regarding the preschool. The director and teachers serve as non-voting advisers.
Under each of the committee chairs lie a vast number of specific job responsibilities that are necessary in order to keep the school running smoothly. The jobs include everything from health and licensing issues, to fundraising, supplies, and program coordination.
So, as you can see, we need the support of each and every one of you! Whether you’ve volunteered to be President or wash paint shirts, your role is critical to the successful operation of the school. Thank you for your commitment to the school and to your child!