Working in the classroom, initiating and completing tasks associated with your preschool job, attending events, and helping with monthly cleaning not only benefits the preschool, but also enables you to get to know other families and become part of the Preschool Community. Work has been divided into manageable tasks in order to assure that the preschool runs smoothly.
Working In the Classroom
Preschool is from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. On your workdays you need to arrive at 9:15 a.m. and stay until 12:30 or work tasks are completed, whichever is later. This allows for preparation at the beginning of the day and cleaning and evaluation at the end of the day.
At the beginning of the year, each family selects a workday and level of participation (once every four weeks or every other week). Family members will rotate through Snack room and the Art Room. This schedule will be e-mailed to ACP families and posted on the Family Matters board.
If you cannot work on your workday, it is YOUR responsibility to arrange for a substitute. You will be given a roster of families you can call, who may be able to work at short notice. Make an effort to find a family you can trade with easily. When you trade work days in advance, mark it on the calendar on the Family Matters Board and let the teacher and Preschool Coordinator know.
Each family will choose a job that suits their skills, talents, and passions. Each job has a one page job description, and some have task lists while others have a paper trail. Each job is associated with a committee. The jobs within a committee are related to each other and thus members can support each other, (i.e. returning members mentoring new members, members helping with tasks when another is on vacation or sick). Some tasks require the whole or part of the committee. If you have questions or concerns about your job, please speak with the Preschool Coordinator in a timely fashion.
One adult from each family is expected to participate in one four-hour cleaning session for each child enrolled. These are scheduled on a Saturday of each month from 9am-1pm. You will choose your cleaning month. A team of about four people works together and follows a checklist. Children (except nursing babies) cannot come to this monthly cleaning. If you find you cannot participate on your day, it is YOUR responsibility to find a substitute. All members will pay a $100 cleaning deposit at registration, which will be held by the preschool. Once the member fulfills the cleaning obligation, their deposit will be refunded.
You are required to attend a work-day orientation, and a “How to Talk to Children” class to be a member in good standing. Returning families may complete a quiz in lieu of work-day orientation. During the year there will be other optional parent education sessions and Family Enrichment opportunities. In the past opportunities have included First Aid/CPR classes, date nights, and community guest speakers.
Our Auction is an annual event that every member is expected to participate in by securing donations of products or services or by donating something personal to be auctioned, such as handmade items, babysitting or monthly dinners. We ask that you attend the event and invite friends and relatives. This event supports our Scholarship Fund as well as contributes to the overall budget. Our other social events are optional, yet we all benefit when our membership attends, allowing us to get to know one another and deepen our connections. Historically, these events have included a Fall Family Fun Festival, a Stone Soup Family Luncheon, a Winter Solstice Craft and Sing Along, an Ice Cream Social and our End of the Year Picnic, Performance and Graduation.
When you work in the Snack room, you are expected to provide snack. We are required to follow the Municipality of Anchorage Child Care Center Exempt Food Program. Each family is expected to provide snack at least six times per year, per enrolled child. The Preschool Coordinator will keep track of this. Money spent for snack is considered a donation to the school.
If you do not work in the classroom or do not work snack six times in a year:
- Bring in pre-packaged or non-perishable snack items in original packaging to store in the preschool. Purchase an item from each list (see approved snack list), taking into account allergies, and ensuring that there is enough to feed all children in your class.
- Label these items with the purchase date and which class your child participates in.
If you are working in the Snack room and you have provided snack six times, then you may do one of two things:
- Bring snack anyway and consider it a donation.
- Use some of the supply that the other (non-working) families have provided. Check the day before your snack day to make sure there is sufficient snack stocked. See more information about Snack suggestions and allergies in the Description of Duties, Snack Room.