The Camas-Washougal Parent Co-op is run by an Executive Board, consisting of Co-op parents, and by a Parent Board, which is made up of all Co-op parents. The entire administration and maintenance of the school is all done by parents, including such responsibilities as hiring teachers, making classroom purchases, recruiting new students, paying bills, filing taxes, fundraising, planning field trips, and cleaning and repairing facilities and equipment. The teachers are the only paid employees.
Because of this, we are able to keep tuition and registration fees low while maintaining the highest teaching standards. For our children to attend school here is a privilege made possible in some part by the tuition we pay, but to a much greater degree by the hard work contributed by the parents. The efforts of our four fantastic educators and the parts played by each family in the preschool come together to maintain our excellent and long-standing reputation in the community.
Our goal is to provide a positive introductory learning experience for two-, three-, and four-year-old children as a preparatory to elementary education. This is accomplished through a cooperative effort between teachers and parents. We offer a flexible program which includes free time for classroom exploration, music activities, story time and small group work, cooking projects, nature observation and exploration, crafts and open-ended art, as well as field trip experiences.
We help prepare children for school socially, emotionally and academically. We help them learn the importance of being a good listener, how to interact positively with peers and adults, how to be self-organized, and to discover the joy of learning. We teach developmentally appropriate curriculums to the two and three-year old students, providing them with lots of hands-on experiences. We teach a pre-kindergarten curriculum to classes for four-year-olds. It is theme-based and developmentally appropriate, providing students with a solid foundation in letter/sound recognition, numbers/patterns/math games, fine motor skills (cutting, gluing, name writing), and beginning science concepts. The CW Parent Co-op Preschool is a caring community for young children and parents.