2016-2017 Application – Coming Soon

For anyone interested in submitting an application for the Fall 2016 co-op semester, please check back by March 6th. We are working on finalizing the application and relevant details. A few key dates that we are working towards:
– By March 15th (possibly sooner): the application will be available
– Open House: Dates TBD, sometime in mid-April
– April 29: Applications due
– May 27th: Families will be informed if their child has a spot or if they will be added to the waitlist
– June 15th (or thereabouts): $100 non-refundable deposit due to reserve a spot for the Fall

We are also planning to have an informal meet/greet at a local park in mid-May so prospective families have an opportunity to meet current families.

Thank you for your interest and patience!
Petworth Co-op Board


Applications for 2015-16

The Petworth Coop is pleased to announce that we are now accepting new applications for the 2015-2016 semesters.  The deadline for applying is May 15, 2015.  There is no advantage to applying early.  All of the information about our cooperative playgroup, including the application itself, is now updated and available here on the website. Apply here.

Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Open House today! We’re excited about all of the awesome families and children who are interested in participating next year.
Some common questions today, revisited:

1. We have 20 spots available for Fall 2014. 10 in the Guppies Class and 10 in the Goldfish Class.
2. Acceptance is based on 3 main variables, which include; achieving a gender balance in each class, prioritizing Petworth families in an effort to build community, and maintaining a beneficial age range in each class. Last year 80% of families who applied received a spot. 
3. As a DIY/grassroots cooperative, we are an ever-changing group of parents. Historically we have strived to be a low-key, family/child-led alternative to the high stress DC/kid/pre-K culture. We don’t have attendance requirements, we don’t require potty training, and we hope that all participating families will be supportive and empathetic with each other regarding the amount of energy and commitment it takes to build community and raise children.
4. Discipline: We have found that when classroom management techniques are used effectively, many discipline problems can be prevented. A teacher who “reads the room” and uses positive redirection is our focus. We aim to build on a child’s natural desire to be a part of a peer group, and when necessary, children may have to hold hands/walk with/ sit with the teacher or Duty Parent in the event they choose to behave in a manner that endangers their fellow classmates (hitting/kicking, etc). We do not generally use time-outs in the classroom.
5. The structure of the day tends to look like this: Arrival & Free Play / Activity / Movement & Circle Time / Potty & wash hands + SNACK / Activity or Outside Time / Pick-Up.

Thanks again to everyone who came out! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any additional questions.