QUESTION: Is Village Preschool associated with West Portland United Methodist Church?

ANSWER: No. West Portland United Methodist Church graciously rents us the space, but Village Preschool does not have a religious affiliation.


QUESTION: What is a cooperative (co-op)?

ANSWER: “Cooperative” or “Co-Op” is defined as a group of people coming together to accomplish a common goal. Village Preschool is a place where a diverse set of families come together because they are committed to being an active participant in their child’s education, believe in our mission-philosophy and to be a part of a community.

Village Preschool is a non-profit organization that is owned and operated by the parents of the current students. Parents assist the professional teachers in the classroom on a rotating basis. In addition, each family holds a position/job with in the school that is an integral part of helping the school run.


QUESTION: Does my child need to be potty-trained?

ANSWER: We do ask that students are potty-trained or in the process of being potty-trained by the time they come to school. If the latter, we ask that your child wear pull-ups to school.


QUESTION: Can you accommodate my child’s food allergy?

ANSWER: Yes, we will work with families to accommodate food sensitivities and allergies.


QUESTION: Do you have an outdoor play area?

ANSWER: We have a wonderful, fenced outside play area that we use every school day, rain or shine, so that students may explore and engage in gross motor activity when they are at school.


QUESTION: How many times are parents expected to volunteer in the classroom?

ANSWER: Parents assist approximately 10-12 times per year and serve as an alternative volunteer helper as needed. Specific number of volunteer shifts are dependent on the number of families enrolled in each class.


QUESTION: Can a grandparent or nanny volunteer?

ANSWER: Yes, grandparents, nannies, or other caregivers may volunteer in the classroom. All volunteers are required to complete and pass a background check.


QUESTION: What other duties are expected of parents?

ANSWER: Parent involvement is integral to the success of a cooperative preschool.  Each school year, parents are expected to:

  • Hold a job/position within the school;
  • Attend five required membership meetings a year;
  • Participate in our annual fundraising event (silent auction);
  • Attend two of our four work parties; and
  • Serve as a driver and/or chaperone for at least two field trips (Senior Class only).


QUESTION: How can I learn more about Village Preschool?

ANSWER: Interested families are encouraged to attend our Open House, held the first Saturday in February.  This is an opportunity for families to meet the teacher and become familiar with our space and our philosophy. If families are unable to attend or have additional questions they can schedule a meeting with our Lead Teacher Jamie Clary.  After having attended our open house or met with our teacher, parents or guardians are invited to observe a class in session.


QUESTION: Have additional questions?

ANSWER: Please feel free to contact us by phone (503)245-0482 or email info@villagepreschoolofportland.com.