What is Parent Education?
Parent Education sessions offer families an opportunity to learn, express, explore and build camaraderie. These sessions are designed based on the belief that by supporting and educating the parent, they will have more tools by which to be the parent they strive to be. Cooperative Preschools are required to offer Parent Education as part of their program. The preschool strongly believes in getting parents involved in the learning process not only for their children but also for themselves.
Covington Cooperative Preschool encourages its families to commitment to attending sessions and provides a variety of options for parents to meet this expectation. Currently, sessions are offered during the evening and via an online resource page which includes videotaped lectures by the Parent Educator, informational curriculum in the form of handouts designed by the Parent Educator, links to articles and research posted by the Parent Educator as well as scheduling updates. The Parent Educator also serves as a Family Support Specialist, whom parents can contact to inquire about resources, recommendations and basic consultations.
What if I don’t want to participate?
· Families of CCP should share the parent-child learning philosophy. The preschool requires all families attend or view and comment on at least three Parent Education offerings. If there are extenuating circumstances, you will need to speak with the Parent Educator. You will be assigned other activities you will be required to do in place of your Parent Education commitment. You will still be required to pay the Parent Education fee as these funds support the Program and the Insurance policy for the preschool.
How do I find out what sessions are offered and when?
· Currently (2019-2020 preschool year), sessions will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the morning and afternoon. There will be a few evening sessions offered throughout the year. Videos will also be posted for your viewing on the private resource page which is on Facebook. In order to sign up for sessions in person, you will need to create an account on the Signupgenius.com website. Also, in order to access the resource page, you will need to create a Facebook account. Both of these accounts are free. They can be made private and used solely for preschool participation if desired.
Parent Educator / Family Support Specialist
Jackie Uhlemann is an Arizona Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in San Jose, California, with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy. She has worked with families and children for over 20 years. She moved to Washington to be near family, particularly her 5-year old granddaughter, and looks forward to working with parents involved with a cooperative preschool environment.
How can I get in touch with Aimee?
Her email address is: email@example.com