Parent Cooperative




Russell is a parent cooperative preschool, and parents play a vital role in the daily functioning and overall running of the school.

Russell is a parent cooperative preschool, and parents play a vital role in the daily functioning and overall running of the school. Each day, one parent-helper assists the teachers by preparing and serving the morning snack, setting up lunch, and getting the cots ready for afternoon rest. Parent helping is a commitment of at least six days per year for each family. In addition, each family serves on one of several committees, attends an annual work day and the annual Russell Preschool Association meeting.

The Russell School Board includes current parents, alumni parents, the Director and an additional teacher. Board meetings are open to the entire Russell Community.

Through these activities, and especially by helping at school, parents have a chance to be involved in their child's first school experience, and to get to know all the children and teachers well. Over the years, parents have confirmed that this involvement with their children's school experience generates a valuable feeling of community and commitment for parents, teachers, and children alike. Young children come to feel at home with their classmates' parents and especially look forward to their days as the "child of the parent helper." Parents are always welcome to visit their child's class, and we encourage parents and teachers to keep in close touch with each other to ensure continuity between home and school.