Albany Preschool is a parent cooperative. A Board of Directors composed of current parents, along with the Executive Director and teachers, administers the school. The Board hires the professional staff to develop and supervise the preschool programs, to be in charge of the daily operation of the school, and to supervise the ongoing training of parents in early childhood development.
We are licensed to have 24 children in the classroom at one time. We offer the following programs:
- Morning Program: 9 am – 12:30 pm, with required classroom participation
- Afternoon Program: 1 pm – 4:30/5:30 pm, no classroom participation requirement
- Full Day Program: 9 am – 4:30/5:30 pm, with required morning classroom participation
- Summer Program: 9 am – 1 pm, no participation nor coop responsibilities
Our school year runs September to mid-June and there is an optional Summer Camp program for part of the summer. Please contact us if you are interested in partial year enrollment. Our school calendar follows the Albany Unified School District for holidays, breaks and staff development days.
Participation for families attending 5 mornings/week is once a week, and for those attending 3 mornings/week participation is every other week. Participation can be fulfilled by a parents, relatives, nannies or one of our approved substitutes.
AM Program Schedule
8:45–9:00 Parent Participation Meeting
9:00 Children arrive
9:05-9:20 Circle Time
9:20-11:00 Choice of areas and planned activities
9:40-11:00 Snack table is open
11:30-11:40 Children and participators clean up
11:40-11:55 Story and small group time
12:15-12:30 Circle Time and dismissal of children.
12:30–12:40 Post-participation meeting
12:30-1:00 North Yard is open to families (both programs) for parent-supervised play
12:30-1:00 Rest time for all-day children
The Afternoon Program is run by the PM Director and 2 teachers. Options for PM enrollment are 2 to 5 afternoons a week.
PM Program Schedule
1:00 Children arrive
1:05-1:20 Circle time
1:20-3:45 Choice of areas and planned activities
2:30-3:15 Snack table open
3:45–4:00 Clean up time
4:00-4:15 Small group time, when possible
4:10–4:30 Circle time and dismissal of children
4:30-5:30 Optional extended care
* 4:30-5:00 North Yard is open to families (both programs) for parent-supervised play