Parent Participation


The active participation of parents creates a unique community that benefits families,
children and teachers.


Our modified co-op model helps us keep our costs lower than many other comparable preschools in
Palo Alto.

We do recognize, however, that the demands of working parents in this local area make frequent or regular commitment a challenge, so we have a range of flexible participation opportunities available.

See below for details of our requirements.

Parent Participation Requirements

Two workdays

  • Each family participates in two work days per year
    (one August-December; one January-May).
    A buyout is available for one of those days for $150

  • You’ll be able to pick your dates in advance,
    at the start of the school year

School support hours

  • Each family is to provide six school support hours per year

  • A maximum of three school support hour buyouts are available for $100 each

  • A minimum of three school support hours will be Fiesta-related 

  • Other school support opportunities will take place throughout the school year 

  • Advanced signup for many school support hours will be available at the beginning of the school year  


  • Donate one item to our annual fundraiser, Fiesta

  • You can choose between a silent auction item, a farmers' market item, or a $50 buyout

Morning program parents

  • The below applies to morning program parents only. Our afternoon programs have no parent participation requirement

  • If you’re interested, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved as a Participating Parent, working in the classroom once a week or once every two weeks. You’ll receive a tuition credit depending on shift frequency, and subject to availability of open PP positions

  • All other morning program parents commit to being available for substitute shifts throughout the year, covering for Participating Parents in the event they are unable to participate as planned. These on-call shifts are known in advance, on dates that parents can sign up for at the beginning of the school year

Board & committee roles

  • We encourage parents to volunteer to serve on the board, or to take on a committee role. These roles are optional but some roles - depending on responsibilities - do provide tuition credits, workday credit, and/or school support credits. Talk to us to find out more

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