Parent Cooperative ("Co-op") Program
From the very beginning of Wilmington Montessori School, parent interest, involvement and support have guided our school. The WMS Parent Co-op Program ("Co-op") allows our entire community to benefit from the abundant talents and interests of our families. Co-op provides a unique learning experience for our children, cultivating a real sense of community and giving parents the opportunity to work with teachers and meet other parents while making a very real contribution to the school. When children see the adults in their lives active in their school, it shapes their perception of the importance of education and strengthens their school experience.
Each family commits to 25* volunteer hours each year of enrollment. Whether sharing a professional skill, serving on a committee or as a board member, or coordinating tasks to assist in the classroom, parent involvement is an essential element to the WMS community. WMS's Co-op Program enhances each child's experience in the school by creating a "village" of support that includes many caring adults in the child's life and also allows for everyone to participate in important work at the school.
*Important change for the 2021-22 school year: Due to considerations regarding COVID-19, the Co-op requirement will be 10 hours for the 2021-22 school year. We will begin the year allowing only students and staff in the school building, and we are uncertain about when that may change. Therefore, families will be able to complete their hours by attending online parent education programs and supporting our classrooms through activities that can be completed from home. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with you and your family.