Frequently Asked Questions


When thinking about the education of your child, there are many questions to ask your school. Here are some answers to help you understand a little bit more about our philosophy and what exactly a Parent Cooperative preschool means to you and your child.

What is a Parent Cooperative school?

A Parent Cooperative school is one that relies on the participation of parents in the school in many aspects of the educational process. In the classrooms, there is at least one parent available to assist the teacher and the students during class time. Parents follow a flexible rotational schedule and participate in their child’s class helping with projects, snack and play time. Our school administration is comprised of a Director, the teachers and a parent elected board which helps to make decisions regarding the school.
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Are your teachers certified?

All of our teachers and administrators are formally educated and certified teachers in the State of Pennsylvania.
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How long has the school been in operation?

St. James Preschool was founded in 1978 and is located in Historic Langhorne, PA. We have been preparing children for kindergarten readiness for over 30 years. Our knowledge and experience is reflected in our educational programs taught by highly qualified, certified teachers.
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When do I enroll?

We start enrollment for the following school year in January. By March, pre-registration deposits are due. Classes may fill up and only those children who are pre-registered are guaranteed placement in the school.
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What are the hours of the school?

St. James preschool is open from 9:15 AM to 11:45 AM for our morning sessions and 12:15 PM to 2:45 PM for our afternoon sessions during normal school days. Afternoon Enrichment runs from 11:45 AM to 2:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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Is this a part-time or full-time program?

St. James Preschool currently offers a part-time school program. Each year, we evaluate enrollment to determine what classes should be offered to satisfy the needs of our children and parents. Classes start in September and end in May.
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What about Security?

Our school exterior doors are locked through the duration of the school day and opened only when parent drop-off and pick up is scheduled. Parents bring their children to class and children are only released to parents or a parent designated care-giver.
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I want to participate in the class but I have a younger/older child I need to bring with me to the school.

Child-care for our children’s siblings are coordinated and scheduled to accommodate parent activity in the classroom. Parents will be able to use the nursery for their younger child while they help in their older child’s class. (There are no fees for this service.)
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What if a parent can not participate in school as part of the Cooperative?

If a grandparent or other guardian is able to be a part of the rotation in the classroom mornings, then the family can still participate in the program.They can act as the liaison for the parents.  Parent jobs are still required for these participants.
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What are the Parent Jobs?

Each parent chooses an area in which to support the school, from acting as Librarian,  to assisting with special events, fundraising activities or field trip coordination. Each parent can choose how they will be able to assist in the school events and classroom activities which enable St. James Preschool to maintain lower tuition. Members of the School Board are elected parents and their role on the Board is their Parent Job.
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