Parent Participation

Families enrolled at the parent participation tuition level must choose one participation job for the academic year. The majority will join Classroom Co-oping, though a few non-classroom co-op positions are open. Contact Maria Jones at mariajones@lcycpreschool.org promptly if you’re interested in these limited positions, as they aren’t guaranteed. All roles require a minimum commitment of 3-4 hours monthly. Please remember that non-classroom volunteer shifts should not have children present.

If you would like to switch to NON-participation, please contact Maria Jones at mariajones@lcycpreschool.org as soon as possible.

Classroom Co-oping:

Classroom Co-oping: Scheduled once per month (or a total of 10 times per year), per student enrolled, to assist the teacher and staff in person in your child’s classroom. The co-oper will typically be the third adult in the classroom. Each shift is approximately 3.5 hours. Co-opers should arrive at 9am on the day of their scheduled shift and expect to leave at 12:30pm. Co-op schedules are created based on co-oper availability and generally released in 3 month blocks. Contact Maria Jones mariajones@lcycpreschool.org for questions or schedule conflicts. Missed co-op shifts with no notice are subject to a no show/no notice missed co-op fee of $50, and the shift must be rescheduled. Co-opers must arrive at 9am, late arrival after 9:10am will incur a $15 late fee charge. All co-oping adults are required to complete training, fingerprinting, and other forms prior to their first shift. If you are a returning co-oper with completed forms already on file from the previous school year, you only need to attend the in-person training in September. (See below for all co-oping details and requirements.)

Non-classroom Jobs:

Fundraising Chair: (1) Lead, plan and promote approximately 6 fundraisers for the school year. These include: Kids Kreations art project in the fall, 3-4 restaurant dine-outs or similar events, and one community focused fundraiser such as parents night out.

Auction Chair: (2) Leads and coordinates the annual spring silent auction. Coordinates donations from LCYC families, as well as solicits donations throughout the year on their own time. Enters auction information on online platforms and creates promotional content for the auction. Soliciting starts in the fall and auction chairs are expected to commit 3 hours each month to work on auction solicitation, promotion, etc. This committee works closely with LCYC staff and parents. 

Library Assistant: (1) Shelves books twice a month in the LCYC library (outside LCYC office) and maintains general library organization. Updates and maintains the online catalog for teachers. Provides admin support as needed to the LCYC Office. This job must be done during school hours as coordinated with the LCYC Office. Shifts should be done in two 1.5 hour shifts per month.

Weekly Email Coordinator: (1) Creates emails with upcoming weekly reminders for families each week. This position should be familiar with email layouts and communication; should be a self-starter and able to complete the task with minimal assistance. Emails are scheduled to go out each Sunday evening.

Housekeeping Chair: (1) Coordinates monthly housekeeping shifts, including communicating with volunteers monthly for assigned shifts, assists in shift swaps as needed, and generally is the point person for housekeeping tasks and questions. Must be available and present the first Saturday of each month (as determined by the school calendar) to open the classrooms, gather supplies, check in volunteers and provide instructions for housekeeping duties. Must also return to the school at the end of the shift to make sure everything is put away and locked. 

Snack Manager: (1) Purchases snack items weekly for school. Responsible for providing fruit and/or vegetable snacks on a weekly basis for all classes. (Note- this does not include prepping the food, staff will do this at school.) Food must be dropped off at school each week before Monday morning drop off (9am) unless otherwise determined by LCYC staff. LCYC reimburses snack supplies up to a designated amount each month (with receipts).


Classroom Co-oping Information: 

This position helps the teacher and assistant with hands-on activities in the classroom. You will typically be the third adult in the classroom, except on occasion where there may only be two adults if a teacher is out. Classroom duties may include playing with the students in dramatic play or free play, reading books, assisting with art projects and center time, helping students wash their hands and assisting with transition times; as well as prepping and cleaning items in the classroom (sweeping, cleaning tables, washing items, etc.).

This is approximately once per month for a 3.5 hour commitment (9am-12:30pm), maximum ten times per year (September-June), per student enrolled. Missed co-op shifts with no notice are subject to a missed co-op fee of $50, and the shift must be rescheduled. Co-opers must arrive on time at 9am; arrival after 9:10am will incur a $15 late fee charge.

All co-oping adults must complete all of the requirements prior to co-oping. If you are a returning co-oper with completed forms already on file from the previous school year, you only need to attend the in-person training in September. We will not be able to schedule you to co-op until your requirements are completed and you will be invoiced the tuition difference for each month until you can be scheduled to co-op. All co-op forms are due by August 19, 2024 in order to be placed on the co-op schedule for September. Mandatory co-op training for all co-oping adults (new and returning) will be Thursday, Sept. 5, 7pm.

Requirements for in classroom co-oping:

  • LCYC Co-op Training in-person Thursday, September 5, 7-8:30pm. 
  • State & Federal Fingerprint Background Check: you must bring a completed Livescan Form with you to your fingerprint appointment. (Complete the top portion for “Applicant Information.” You do not need to fill in anything under Reason For Request- Individual. Our Agency information is already prefilled.) There is a fee for fingerprinting services that varies by location. You must provide LCYC with a copy of your receipt as proof of completion. Click here to find LiveScan fingerprinting locations.
  • Complete Online Basic Health & Safety Training: Register & Complete Training here, then save a copy of your certificate to email to LCYC. NOTE- this training is only available once a month and has a strict registration window for each session. Please make sure you sign up for and complete the course within the timeframe.
  • Medical Release Form (necessity for TB test is up to your physician)
  • Noncriminal Justice Applicant’s Privacy Rights Form 
  • Release of Information Form (2-pages) MUST BE NOTARIZED- please return completed original form via mail or in person to LCYC.

Return ALL forms to LCYC by Monday, August 19, 2024 via email to admin@lcycpreschool.org or mail to LCYC Preschool, 10123 Connecticut Ave., Kensington, MD 20895. We require the original, notarized Release of Information Form returned via mail or in person. All other forms can be sent as pdf via email.