The cooperative nature of the Preschool is crucial to both its identity and its future. It is the commitment and enthusiasm of each member that makes the Preschool a vital and growing operation. For this reason, we ask you to consider carefully how you might best participate in the workings of the school, so that you, your child/children, and the Preschool all benefit. We also believe that as the school and our children do well, so does our community thrive.



Parent participation at the Preschool is so extensive and varied that there will be many ways for you to find your niche. Please do not hesitate to ask questions, volunteer your special skills, and share with us experiences you have gained elsewhere. If you would like to be more involved, feel free to talk to the Director or the Board President.

To assure fair and effective operation of the Preschool, each family is expected to meet the following basic requirements:

1. Committee Work. Each family shall become an active member of one of the school’s standing committees. Families are invited in the spring to select the committee of their choice for the following year. In addition, you may be asked to work with the nominating, fundraising, or other special committees from time to time.  Committee work requires approximately three (3) hours per month, though the time may be concentrated around specific activities during the year. Committee chairs will track members’ time to ensure requirements are met, using their best judgment. In the event a committee has no chair and therefore members have no direction on how to fulfill their requirements, the GPCP Board Chair, in cooperation with the Parent Involvement Chairs will provide volunteer options to those families and ensure there is ample opportunity to meet the committee work requirement. Failure to fulfill this requirement will result in a fine of $75.00. 


2. Parent Helper. Each family is required to work at the Preschool as a Parent Helper approximately one day each month, depending on the number of days your child/children attend school.  Parent helpers are also required to bring a nutritious snack for the entire class on the day that they are working.  Failure to fulfill this requirement will result in a fine of $75.00 for each missed day.

One-year-old Class:
Child attends 2 days/week = 9 Parent Helper Days/Year
Child attends 3 days/week = between 12 & 13 Parent Helper Days/Year
Child attends 5 days/week = between 15 & 16 Parent Helper Days/Year

Two-year-olds Class:
Child attends 2 days/week = between 8 & 9 Parent Helper Days/Year
Child attends 3 days/week = between 9 & 10 Parent Helper Days/Year
Child attends 5 days/week = between 13 & 15 Parent Helper Days/Year

Multiage Classes:
Child attends 2 days/week = between 6 & 7 Parent Helper Days/Year
Child attends 3 days/week = between 7 & 8 Parent Helper Days/Year
Child attends 4 days/week = between 8 & 9 Parent Helper Days/Year
Child attends 5 days/week = between 9 & 10 Parent Helper Days/Year

Families with multiple children including a One-Year-Old enrolled:
2 days/week = between 12 & 13 Parent Helper Days/Year
3 days/week = between 14 & 15 Parent Helper Days/Year
5-days-week = 16 Parent Helper Days/Year

Families with multiple children NOT including a One-Year-Old :
2 days/week = between 11 & 12 Parent Helper Days/Year
3 days/week = between 12 &13 Parent Helper Days/Year
5 days/week = between 14 & 16 Parent Helper Days/Year

Families with multiple children attending different # of days:
16 Parent Helper Days/Year

3. Building and Grounds Workdays. Attend ONE workday per academic year. Workdays are scheduled on Saturday mornings and involve projects as varied as cleaning and painting to playground maintenance and landscaping. Failure to fulfill this requirement will result in a fine of $75.00.

4. Fundraising Workdays. Each family must actively participate by volunteering for a shift during an event such as the Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes, help prepare for an event such as the annual wrapping paper sale or assist the fundraising group in another capacity. (While our restaurant dine-out programs or purchasing goods from sales do not provide a fundraising credit, they are important parts of our fundraising program and families are encouraged to participate by promoting them to friends and family and participating as able.)  Failure to fulfill this requirement will result in a fine of $75.00.     

 5. Auction.  In addition to participating in one fundraising event during the school year, each family must actively participate in the Auction by fulfilling the following requirements:
  1. Each family must volunteer for at least one 2-hour shift during set-up, clean-up or during the event.Failure to fulfill this requirement will result in a fine of $75.
  2. Each family is required to donate a minimum of two items that will realistically sell at the auction for a combined total of $200 or more. Families may make a contribution of $250 in lieu of item donations. Failure to fulfill this requirement by the donation deadline will result in a fine of $300 that would be added to the next billing period. 

5. Drive on field trips whenever possible.

6. Attend parent meetings. In addition to the Back to School Night (mandatory), there will be parent teacher meetings in the evening every other month throughout the year. Dates for these meetings are noted in your calendar.

This multi-level participation in the Preschool enables parents to share in their child's Preschool experience, ensures a quality program through the combined efforts and talents of the entire Preschool community, and provides an opportunity to share and grow in our parenting roles in an atmosphere of mutual support. Further, it provides an environment where children learn cooperation from the example of their parents and teachers working closely together. The experiences gained in Preschool participation also aid parents in acquiring skills necessary to become effective advocates for their child's future educational experiences and opportunities.