Fees and Volunteering

Fees and Volunteering

It is the mission of ESHCo to keep fees as low as possible.  Steep discounts for multiple children, a nominal fee for preschool, and a generous fee-waiver policy for all primary teachers make ESHCo inclusive and family-friendly.  All fees go toward maintaining and leasing our facilities and buying needed supplies for our co-op classes.  There are no separate membership fees.
The fee structure for ESHCo co-op classes is as follows (fees subject to change without notice):
1ST CHILD (regular fee)
$40 for students enrolled in the 5-6 age group

$45 for students enrolled in the 7-9 age group

$50 for students enrolled in the 10-11 and 12 and up age groups

*A $10 cleaning/concert fee will be assessed for each registered family.

*A $15 preschool fee will be assessed for each child registered in preschool (regardless of number of children in family)
take $10 off the regular feetake $15 off the regular feeFREE 
The above fee structure allows children to enroll in any or all of the class periods for the entire 6-week session.
ESHCo relies on parent involvement to keep the co-op program affordable and working smoothly.  Each participating parent will select a volunteer duty of his or her choice for each 6-week session, based on preference and ability.  Sign-ups will be distributed via email before the start of each session. Choice of volunteer duties include:
Primary teachers will plan and lead quality, hands-on enrichment classes for six weeks. Teachers are expected to buy any special supplies not stocked in the supply closet (for which they are promptly reimbursed). Teachers are also expected to plan a “sick day” lesson for their secondary teacher, in case of illness or other emergency.   Teachers are also responsible for making a phone call to his or her secondary teacher as soon as possible to inform him or her of the absence.  Primary teachers are also responsible for leaving their classroom areas clean, and will have the help of a dedicated secondary teacher for setup, breakdown, and to help with in-class activities. Primary teachers may leave older babies and preschool-aged children in the nursery while they are teaching. Please note that class size usually ranges from 8-12 children. 
TEACHER PERKS:Those parents teaching one class will have their first child’s fee waived for the session. Those teaching two classes will have ALL regular fees waived for the session (not including preschool or cleaning fee).  Teachers also receive priority registration for their children.
Secondary teachers will be assigned one or two classes for the duration of the session as a helper for the primary teacher.  Secondary teachers are required to assist the primary teacher in setting up and breaking down the class, keeping order in the classroom, and assisting the teacher as needed. Secondary teachers will not be required to plan the class in any way; they are simply there to assist the primary teacher in making sure the class runs smoothly.  Secondary teachers may be called upon to teach a class (using a lesson plan the primary teacher has provided) in the event that the primary teacher is away.  We will place secondary teachers according to the parent’s preferences, and are happy to place volunteers in the same classes as their children if scheduling allows.
We know how hard it is to volunteer with small children in tow! Parents who have babies or toddlers in the nursery room are not expected to teach or be away from their young children if that would cause the parent or child stress. Parents may simply stay in the nursery with their child(ren) while, on occasion, helping to watch the young child of someone who is teaching. They may also be called upon to help out with preschool activities as they are able. Depending on the number of parent volunteers, nursery and preschool volunteers may be called upon to perform light clean-up duties in the preschool and nursery rooms.