A cooperative preschool like ours in the NSCCPP has experienced teachers that lead its preschool classes, the same as traditional preschools and daycares, but it differs from traditional preschools and daycares in that the business side of the preschool is run entirely by the parents of the students enrolled in the preschool.
How do parents know how to run a preschool? Our parents learn from each other, from our preschool Teachers, and from our Parent Educators. We also rely on a good email system, a lot of online documents, and an up-to-date calendar. To meet those needs (and more!), we’re using G Suite for Nonprofits. It’s a powerful way to communicate and collaborate.
To get started, you’ll need a Google Account connected to the email address you submitted with your preschool application. It should be one you check regularly. If you can’t remember which one you submitted with your application, check your Jovial Family Portal or ask your class’s Parent Coordinator.
- Use an existing Gmail Account. If your preferred email address is already a Gmail Account, then you’re all set. Every @gmail.com address is already connected to a Google Account.
- Use an existing Google Account. If you already have a Google account connected to your preferred email address, then you’re all set. Not sure if you do? Check your preferred email address here.
- Create a new Google Account. Fill out a new account form here, making sure to click “Use my current email address instead” to connect your new Google Account to your preferred email address.
Once you have a Google Account, you’ll be able to access our private Member Site. Here you’ll find a direct link to our school calendar, our school email address directory at a glance, quick access to our Handbooks, and more.
You’ll also be able to access our preschool’s Shared Drives while in your Google Drive. You should automatically have access to the U-Ravenna Co-op Shared Drive and your class’s Shared Drive, and you may be added to other Shared Drives based on your admin job, any committees you may be on, and any co-op projects you may be working on.
Our class Shared Drives have class rosters, class schedules, Monthly Evening Parent Meeting Minutes, Parent Education notes, and anything else class specific.
The U-Ravenna Co-op Shared Drive has our all-school documents, like our Parent Handbook, Admin Job Descriptions, and Board Meeting Minutes.
If you’re looking for a document or form that seems like it would apply to all co-op preschools in the NSCCPP, check out the collection that NSCCPP maintains on their site. There you can find the Special Event request form, the Field Trip Notification form, PAC recommendations, the Risk Management Manual, and more.
Next, Visit our Member Site
Now that you’ve linked your Google Account with our preschool, we recommend you next check out our private Member Site.
If you haven’t yet gotten the brief overview about how our cooperative preschool works or learned about Jovial, the preschool management system we use to help us better organize enrollment, tuition, and other essentials of our preschool, we recommend you check out both of those pages.