Parents Role

Due to Covid-19 we have not been able to have helping parents in the classroom. However, committee and fundraising positions continue to be available with virtual meetings, planning, and “gatherings.”

One of the reasons we chose HCNS is its cooperative nature. As parents, we are actively involved by helping in the classroom and witness first-hand our daughter's growth through playing, learning, and developing friendships. We have built strong, life-long relationships with other families as we work together toward a common goal - giving our children a great, caring head-start while ensuring the success of the school

- Michelle -Mother of 4-day student

Parents and guardians in a cooperative school have the opportunity to participate more fully in their child's first school experience than is frequently allowed. The degree of involvement can range from restrained to heroic, depending upon time and interest. As a parent, your presence and interaction with the children yield great rewards. Your child is reassured that you are interested in their school, friends, as well as in him/her. At HCNS, we ask that you help as a parent in the classroom, volunteer for a committee or position on the Board, assist with fundraising activities.

We do also ask that all families participate in providing a healthy snack to your child's class several times throughout the year. Your class representative will contact you regarding sign ups.

Unlike our morning classes, the Afternoon Preschool Program does not have a cooperative option with Helping Parents.

Classroom Help

Our hope is that we will be able to reintroduce the Helping Parent model. ​We ask that parents help the classroom teacher supervise and interact with the children, set up healthy snacks, and share the adventures of the school day. This allows you to have the opportunity to see your child in relation to his/her peers and watch them grow throughout the year. In addition, the entire class gains an appreciation of you as a special, sharing person.

Committee Positions

We do ask all families to take on a committee position. Parents are encouraged to match their interest with these opportunities. Examples include:

  • Gardening
  • Maintenance
  • Technology
  • Photography


Man standing by a cow

HCNS is reliant on outside fundraising to support our operations and scholarship program. Families attend and help plan our fundraising events to support the school and introduce HCNS to our community at large. Examples of past and annual fund raising events:

  • Cow Pie Bingo
  • Community Yard Sale
  • Twice as Nice Clothing Sale