The Reno Family Co-op Preschool (RFCP) was founded in 2006 to fulfill a need in the Reno area for stay-at-home parents who wanted their children to experience a preschool environment without paying costly tuition. This goal has been attainable through the volunteer efforts of our 30 member families. We are not a licensed preschool, but we do comply with Washoe County standards for non-licensed schools. As such, we are governed by a board of directors who ensures the set of policies and procedures outlined in our handbook meet these standards and are strictly adhered to.
Where and when do we meet?
Although we are not affiliated with a religion, we are hosted and insured by the Reno First Congregational Church, which allows us to use their community center and surrounding grounds to conduct classes and outdoor activities. Classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Each participating family must be represented by at least one adult (parent, grandparent or guardian) who agrees to volunteer in the classroom one day a week. The volunteer will be assigned to one of four classrooms: the frog room (4 to 5 year olds), the polliwog room (3 to 4 year olds), the tadpole room (2 to 3 year olds) or the minnow room (2 and under, for families who need childcare for their youngest while volunteering in one of the other classrooms). Adults are not typically assigned to the same classrooms their children are in. On days that you are not volunteering, you are free to drop your children off in the care of the other co-op volunteers.
What do we teach?
In the classroom, the RFCP uses a developmentally-appropriate curriculum designed around the Nevada State Pre-K Standards. Each month a specific theme is chosen, e.g. family, to direct individual as well as small and large group activities. Througout the month, the children are presented with opportunities to explore theme-relevant concepts and materials through a variety of multi-sensory learning centers and field trips. Additionally, we implement the Zoophonics approach to letter recognition and reading, and when necessary, the 1-2-3 Magic disiciplinary approach is used.
Are we a good fit for you?
It is not necessary for your child to be potty-trained in order to participate in our program. However, he or she must be able to sit quietly for a period of 5-10 minutes and follow simple instructions throughout the day. If you feel your child is ready for preschool and you are interested in learning more about our program, please visit the Member Commitment page for a comprehensive list of duties that are required of each member, and send us an email to check availability. We think you will like our affordable tuition, safe environment and the opportunity to make lasting friendships while participating in your child's education. Thank you for your interest!
If you would like to donate to our co-op please contact us at RenoFamilyCoop@gmail.com