Class Differences

 Our classes are designed to give children more independence each year, which means class structure and caregiver responsibilities change as children age.

We’ve highlighted some of the ways co-op preschool classes differ in the table below.

NSC Toddlers ClassU-Ravenna Pre-3s ClassU-Ravenna 3-5s Class
Age Range of Children1-2 years old2-3 years old3-5 years old
Number of Days Class MeetsOnce/weekTwice/weekFour times/week
Number of Days Caregivers Work in ClassOnce/weekOnce/weekOnce/week
Number of Hours Caregivers Have Free Each WeekNoneTwo hours/week, on the day when your child is in preschool without youNine hours/week, on the days when your child is in preschool without you
Caregiver Participation in ClassMove through the day with your childWork at an assigned station, both inside and outside; this set up dictates less interaction between caregivers during class than in the Toddlers Class as the focus is on the children coming to the stationsWork at an assigned zone, both inside and outside, that may include multiple stations; this set up dictates even less interaction between caregivers during class than in the Pre-3s Class as the focus is on the children at stations in a larger zone
Caregiver Emergency Substitution RequirementsNot needed since your child is not at school without youApproximately once every other month, each caregiver needs to be available to step in and work in class on their non-work day in case a caregiver or their child falls ill in the hours before classApproximately once a month, each caregiver needs to be available to step in and work in class on one of their non-work days in case a caregiver or their child falls ill in the hours before class
Caregiver EducationScheduled during class time; class is split into two groups, and each group has their parent education on alternating weeksScheduled during monthly parent meetings; our Parent Educator is also in class once a week, alternating between Tuesdays and Fridays, to observe, participate with the children, and be available to parents as needed, during appropriate timesScheduled during monthly parent meetings; our Parent Educator is also in class once a week, alternating between the four class days, to observe, participate with the children, and be available to parents as needed, during appropriate times
Circle TimeTwo short onesOne longer oneTwo longer ones
SnackBring for classBring for classBring for class
Snack TablesNot assigned; sit where you wantChildren and caregivers sit at same table every classChildren sit at same table every class; caregivers rotate which table they are assigned to every week
Small Group ActivityNoneCaregivers plan small group activities beginning mid-yearCaregivers plan small group activities all year
Bathroom BuddiesNoneEach caregiver is assigned a child who needs help with diaper changes or potty on the day the child’s caregiver isn’t working; two adults must be with a child in the bathroomCaregivers assist as needed with diaper changes or potty; two adults must be with a child in the bathroom

Now that you’ve finished the Orientation Tour, we recommend you check out our private Member Site. As a member of our preschool, you have access to our private Member Site. Here you’ll find our school calendar, our school directory, quick access to our Handbooks, and more. We’ve tried to make it a quick and handy reference.

Keep up with everything going on at our preschool through our private Member Site.