Cedar Lane Nursery School Being Part of a Co-Op

Where Play Is at the Heart of Learning

It is the central belief of Cedar Lane Nursery School that parent involvement is good for both the child and the parent. By assisting in the classroom, and in operating our school, parents play a significant role in the children’s experience. Working under the guidance of the teacher, parents will have the opportunity to learn a great deal about child development. Play interactions between children, problem solving, and fostering a sense of wonder in children.

Why We Co-Op

The preschool years are much more than the time before “real school.” They are an unparalleled time of growth, joy, and wonder. What a wonderful time for parents to be involved in their child’s life! In return for an investment of time and energy, parents who co-op have opportunities to grow in knowledge and understanding of the world of young children, while enjoying a shared experience with like-minded parents. Co-oping is a responsibility and a commitment to the membership; it is also a gift to your child. We believe childhood is more than just preparation for adulthood. It is a one-way journey, to be enjoyed along the way by children and the adults who care about them. We believe that children learn best when they:

  • Play in a stimulating, developmentally-appropriate environment.
  • Have first-hand experiences that use multiple senses.
  • Are given choices and decisions to make.
  • Are allowed to solve conflicts and problems when appropriate.
  • Are seen as individuals with their own rates of development.
  • Enjoy a classroom that reflects their work and their interests.
  • Have a comfortable and familiar routine.
  • Have a developmentally-appropriate curriculum and materials.
  • Are supported through interaction with caring adults.


Co-Op Responsibilities Include:

  • A parent working in the classroom approximately 2-3 times per month. Due to our focus on community building, CLNS does not offer a non-cooping option.
  • Supplying fruit snack for your child’s class approximately once a month on one of your co-op days.
  • Attending an orientation for new members to learn more about your role and classroom logistics.
  • Attending regular membership meetings.
  • Fulfilling duties of an assigned job (e.g.: librarian, field trip coordinator, newsletter, etc..)
  • Participating in two workdays. Generally held on Saturdays in August and March.
  • Participating in fundraising events.


In the Classroom

  • Get to know the children, their personalities and preferences.
  • Bring your talents and skills to the classroom.
  • Your primary role is to assist the teacher. Communicate with the teacher. Check in about the day’s schedule and plans.
  • Embrace opportunities to learn more, and share, about early childhood development via articles, books, workshops and events.


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Logo: National Association for the Education of Young Children

Cedar Lane Nursery School is accredited by National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Logo: Maryland Excels

Cedar Lane Nursery School is also the first cooperative nursery school accredited by the Maryland State Board of Education.