What is a co-op?

Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School is organized as a cooperative, in the belief that its educational aims can best be accomplished with the active presence of parents within the school.

Parents assist in the classroom and take responsibility for the maintenance, governance, and financial well-being of the school, while the school, in turn, provides opportunities for parent education and support. This blending of school and family life eases the child’s transition to the world beyond the family and creates a cooperative community dedicated to providing the richest, most caring environment possible for children.

“I love that Ruth Washburn is a cooperative, and not just a drop-off. I want to be a part of my child’s preschool education.” – RWCNS parent