Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives (ICPC) governs basic guidelines and Standards for Indianapolis Cooperative Preschools. To find out more about what ICPC offers, please go to http://preschoolco-op.org/
Parking is located directly across from the school in the church parking lot. Please DO NOT park in the driveway of the school or the road directly in front of the school. This is is a fire lane and parking in this location could result in a fine.
CPT training is required by ICPC for all new families. If you have attended another CPT training locally within the last 5 years, you have fulfilled your requirement. The training last for (2) 3 hour mornings from 9:00-Noon each day. Each person attending pays $15.00. GOCP absorbs the additional cost charged from ICPC. Childcare can be made available – please contact our CPT Chairperson if you will need it for either day. ALL NEW FAMILIES ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND – GOCP will be fined for any families not following this very important policy.
ICPC and State Health Code mandates each participating member (as defined by someone who volunteers in the classroom more than 3 times a year)have a TB test on file at the school. As a courtesy, GOCP offers “Visiting Nurse Service”, to make it easier for parents to get the TB testing done.
This is for the volunteering parents/adults – NOT the child! Dates and costs will be announced at Back to School Night. This is a two step process: First day, they give the actual test. Approximately 48 hours later, they return for a quick look that takes less than a minute to read. Test results have to be read within 48 hrs to be valid.
We need to have at least 15 people use this service so it is not guaranteed GOCP can provide this. You can go to your own Dr or Urgent Care, just make sure we get the report back immediately. This test is something that ALL participating members have EACH year. Any questions or concerns can be directed to GOCP’s Health and Safety Chairperson.
The first person you should ask is your Class Representative. They are the “President” of each classroom and have all the information you need. If they cannot directly help you, they will tell you exactly who AND how to contact the correct person. In your handbook, there is a section all about “Here’s Who to Call” that guides you also.
If you do have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress, in school or out, PLEASE talk with your teacher! They are very well trained, both through their individual backgrounds, ICPC and the “School of Mom” – use them for advice about behaviors, learning or just a sounding board. They care very much about each child and only want the best for them – and want to help! Co-op is about caring for parents too – don’t forget that!
YES! We are truly a parent-owned school. Therefore, 99% of everything that gets done is done by our parents. This can sound very scary but really, it is pretty easy and just takes teamwork. GOCP has been around for almost 40 years so it does work!!
Job titles and descriptions are discussed in detail at Back to School Night and range from President to paper goods supply to play dough maker. Every job is very important and the school cannot run smoothly without each one.
The GEIST KIDS SALE is our semi-annual fundraising event. This huge consignment sale is our main source for additional funds to keep your tution so low. It is located at St George Orthodox Church, Fishers. The sale is usually held in spring each year.
Parent participation and support is another mandatory requirement for attending GOCP. Depending upon sale size, shifts required are usually around (3), 3-4 hour intervals.
We really do have so much fun getting together with each other; socializing & making money for our school – it really is a great time! We have alumni who come back and help just for the fun of it!
The tuition box is located on the sink just inside the Sprout/Twig Classroom. It is first door on your left, as you enter. It is here that any checks, money orders or cash go. Please put cash in an envelope with your name and reason for payment. Any checks/money orders also need to be noted with payment info (no envelope required). If you are putting cash in there, a quick email, or call to the Treasurer would be great so it doesn’t sit in there over the weekend or extended breaks.
You also have the option of paying online, via your bank account. This is free to you! The 25th of each month, you will be emailed an invoice with a link to pay.
None of us have individual “mailboxes”. We use our kid’s cubbies. If you have something that needs to get to someone you don’t see often, please put it in their child’s cubby. If it is something of a sensitive/private nature, just be sure to put in an envelope or fold it in a way to keep private.
Next to the tuition box (next to sink in Sprout/Twig classroom), there is a standing file with a large envelope marked “Treasurer”. In this, there are “Reimbursement Request Forms”. Fill one out completely, attach all receipts and stick back in envelope. Payment will be available within a week of submission. Please do not wait more than 30 days to request reimbursement, due to budgeting. We are sales tax exempt so please ask the Treasurer for a tax exempt certificate if you do plan to purchase something.
Just ASK! Because we are a parent-owned school, it is vital to our growth and survival that parents use their talents!! There is an option for everyone – from the parent who only has a tight window of availability to the one who is looking for a more detailed position!
If you see something that you want to do or know of something new, your input is more than welcomed & appreciated!
Another very easy way to stay or get involved is come to monthly board meetings. This is when all business of the school is discussed and new ideas are discussed & approved. Board meetings are usually held at the school, the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. If the location or date changes, the website will announce that.
Because ages 2-6 are the prime ages in which allergies are diagnosed, GOCP has adopted a no tree-nut policy. When bringing snack or any food items in the school (whether it is to be individually eaten or shared), it CANNOT contain any type of nut. Safety is a top priority at GOCP!
Because enrollment varies and Adult/Child ratios have to be met, it depends. For general guidelines, each parent is in the classroom approximately twice a month.