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In our cooperative, parents of children attending our morning classes are assigned to help in our classrooms on a rotating basis (mornings only). This involvement helps to keep our curriculum fresh and our tuition affordable.

FUMCN is grateful for parent involvement.  Assisting is a great way to:

. . . be part of your child’s first formal learning experience

. . . see your child interact with peers and other adults

. . . generate new ideas about educational activities to do at home

. . . keep preschool costs affordable

. . . meet other families with 3/4/5 year olds from the Ann Arbor area

benefits of assisting

For children enrolled in morning classes, one parent or guardian from each family can expect to assist two mornings per month, on average. Assist parents and teachers will have a short meeting at the start of each day to discuss the day’s play-based activities and answer any questions. Additionally, the assist parent for each morning class will be responsible for bringing in a fresh fruit, vegetable, or dairy product (yogurt, cheese sticks, milk, etc.) and a non-perishable snack for their particular morning class that day.

assist routines

Assist schedule assignments are given a few weeks before the semester starts. You will be asked for your availability before the master schedule is generated. You may state when you can and cannot assist, and then the scheduler will do his/her best to accommodate you. Our scheduling software makes it easy to check your assist schedule online or request swaps!

assist scheduling

A member of each family will select preferences for and be assigned to a TEAM. Time commitment and availability, skill sets, experience, and interests are all factors we consider when assigning TEAM responsibilities.

additional responsibilities

Please contact

if you have any concerns or questions about the assist process or parent commitment.

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First United Methodist Cooperative Nursery   

120 S. State Street Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104  |  734.662.7660

FUMCN Preschool recognizes and embraces all families. We do not discriminate based on religion, ability, race, ethnicity, nationality, family orientation, sex, or sexual orientation. All are welcome.

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