Frequently Asked Questions
How often will I be scheduled to parent-help?
Each school day, two parents help in both of the classrooms (from 8:45 to 12 noon). The number of parent-help days depends on the number of days a child attends Youngset and how many families are enrolled in the class. On average, if a child attends two days a week, there will be 10-14 parent help days a school year; three days a week, 14-16 help days; four days a week, 16-18 parent help days; and five days a week, 19-23 parent help days. The schedule is made up by one parent in each class. Before putting the schedule together, the scheduler asks for day preferences and conflicts to attempt to craft a schedule that can work well with parent’s other commitments. And, once the schedule is set, as unexpected conflicts arise, parents may switch days with other parents or pay an emergency helper to step in.
May my child’s grandparent (or other relative) parent-help in the classroom?
Yes, grandparents and nannies/caregivers are permitted to parent-help in the classroom. The grandparent or nanny must comply with the background check policy and is also encouraged to attend the Parent Helping Orientation at the beginning of the year.
Does my child need to be toilet trained to enroll in Youngset?
Yes, children entering both the junior and senior classes need to be out of diapers and pull-ups. If your child has special toileting needs, please contact the class teacher prior to enrollment.
May I bring my other children when I help in the classroom?
No. Because parent helpers are in effect assistant teachers for the day, a parent must be able to fully focus on the children in the classroom and not be distracted by the needs of another child. Some families in our community work together to trade off caring for younger siblings during parent help days. Additionally, our liability insurance through PCPO only covers parents and students enrolled in the program.
What is PCPO?
Youngset is a member of Parent Child Preschools of Oregon (PCPO). A Parent Child Preschool is defined as a program providing a multi-faceted curriculum consistent with the needs of young children, with parents assisting in the classroom on a daily basis, providing education, and making decisions. Members of the Board of Directors attend the monthly meetings with PCPO to encourage the exchanging of ideas between other co-op preschools.
What is Youngset’s relationship with the First United Methodist Church?
Youngset is fortunate to be a tenant of the First United Methodist Church, but does not share any religious affiliation with the church. Youngset is not a religion-based preschool and membership in Youngset is available without regard to religion.
What other commitments does Youngset require beside parent-helping?
As parents in a cooperative preschool, we are responsible for the operation and policies of the school. As a result, one parent in each family must serve on a committee or on the board. Committee positions vary in the amount of time required and each family can request a job that works best for their interests and schedule. Some examples of committee positions include: classroom craft parent, librarian, secretary, fundraising, and special parties planner.
In addition to parent helping and committee jobs, there are a few additional obligations of members:
Attend two general membership meetings (held in the evening - one in August and one in February). The August general meeting will include a mandatory Parent Helping Orientation for new families.
Volunteer for an additional three to six hours of help each semester. This could include joining a cleaning party, providing childcare during a board meeting, lunch bunch parent helper, or being the emergency helper.
Participate by donating or procuring $250 worth of goods or services to auction at our annual auction, the primary school fundraiser, held in early November.
Why do I need to have a background check?
Effective on July 1, 2010, the Oregon State Legislature passed ORS.657A.255 which states, a “preschool recorded program may not operate the program without performing criminal background checks for all staff and volunteers and becoming recorded with the Child Care Division of the Employment Department.” Youngset Preschool is a recorded program and complies with ORS.657A.255. All adults performing parent-help duties must submit and clear a background check. Each family will receive up to two background checks per family as a part of the annual Registration Fee. Any additional background checks will be $5 each. Youngset recommends that at least two adults per family are background checked and able to parent help when needed.
What are the 2017-2018 immunization rates for Youngset?
DTap - 98% Complete, 2% Non-medical exception
Polio (IPV)- 100% Complete, 0% Non-medical exception
Varicella - 100% Complete, 0% Non-medical exception
MMR - 98% Complete, 2% Non-medical exception
Hep B - 98% Complete, 2% Non-medical exception
Hep A - 96% Complete, 4% Non-medical exception
Hib - 98% Complete, 2% Non-medical exception