The Children's Cooperative Nursery School has been serving our community since 1970, but it’s fair to say we've never had a year quite like 2020.
We are planning to be open in the fall under a new set of guidelines and safety protocols. However, like many other small nonprofit schools, the Co-op is experiencing financial challenges as a result of the pandemic.
Many of our normal fundraising and marketing activities have been significantly curtailed due to the current environment. The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) has mandated that we re-open with a maximum number of 20 students, which is 10 fewer than we normally enroll. Despite this decrease in enrollment, we will be required to staff the same number of teachers.
We have consistently run at full capacity, as we require all 30 tuitions to cover rental payments, insurance, maintenance, utilities, supplies, and the salaries of our teachers. With the reduced income we will receive for the 2020-21 school year, we will struggle. Our goal, of course, is to keep our teaching staff together, our children in the classroom, and the Co-op alive.
Our highest priority remains the health and safety of our children and teachers. We will follow all state-mandated guidance and are working closely with Dr. Jonathan Brenner, our health care consultant, to determine how to successfully implement any necessary changes to the Co-op’s day-to-day operations. As you can imagine, the reopening will take an enormous amount of preparation and funding.
The Co-op is an extraordinary school that nurtures and guides children through their earliest years. It has created lasting memories for the students, parents and teachers who have been fortunate enough to be a part of the Co-op family over the last five decades. We hope that you'll consider supporting the Co-op with a donation.
Thank you for supporting our school!