I consider myself fortunate for many reasons. One of those reasons is that I work with a fabulous group of parent volunteers who are hugely supportive in the classroom.
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank them and let them know: you are appreciated for all you do!
At my preschool, parents serve as volunteer classroom helpers. They do this on a rotational basis and so each parent comes in once a month. This allows for an excellent ratio of 1:6 or better at all times in the classroom. This adult to child ratio means that we are very well equipped to support children in whatever ways they may need and the preschool can operate at a very low cost. This keeps the fees affordable as well. I do love the parent participation model and wrote this post last year: Magical Moments at Parent Participation Preschool.
Sadly, a couple of parent participation preschools in our area have recently closed. It is hard to pinpoint an exact reason. There just weren’t enough people who had the will, the expertise and the desire to keep them open. I am not sure exactly why parent participation preschools are not valued or supported as strongly as they were in the past but I know that if there isn’t an interest, these preschools will not stay open. The ones left may be the ones that operate for a profit and somehow in my mind, profit and preschool just don’t mix. Can you think of a way to keep non profit preschools thriving in today’s world?