Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How did cooperative preschools start?
In 1916, a group of mothers at the University of Chicago started the first parent participation preschool in order to give themselves time to volunteer with the Red Cross, receive parent education, and provide a social experiences for their children.
Over a century later, the parent participation movement continues to flourish. Co-ops provide parents with the opportunity to be actively involved in their child’s first educational experience.
By working together, we create a loving atmosphere where children and parents grow, develop, and learn. (Read more about co-op preschools here: https://www.preschools.coop)
What is the history of Ready, Set, Grow! Preschool?
RSG is honored to be the first parent participation preschool in the Temecula Valley.
Our program began in Murrieta in 1996 by parents that wanted to create an educational preschool experience for their children, while also being able to contribute to their first classroom experience.
In 2018, we relocated to the Lake Elsinore/Wildomar area. In the past 25 years, we have provided the cooperative experience to countless preschoolers, some of whom are now sending their children to RSG!
How does RSG continue to develop?
Ready, Set, Grow! Preschool provides a balance between new curriculum standards and research, while also continuing some of the wonderful traditions passed down through the years.
Our curriculum is updated yearly to ensure developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for our students. We believe in addressing the whole child, focusing on cognitive, social, emotional, and physical areas of development.
Who will be my child's teacher?
Our beloved, longtime teacher and director, Ms. Alyssa, moved to Texas with her family in the summer of 2023. Although we miss her terribly, she passed the baton to another incredible teacher we are honored to have with us: Ms. Meghan!
Ms. Meghan received her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Development/Education. She is certified in CPR/first aid, child nutrition, and mandated reporting. The 2023-2024 school year is Ms. Meghan's second year at RSG.
Here are a few fun facts about Ms. Meghan:
- Favorite color: pink
- Favorite food: steak and baked potatoes
- Favorite thing to do on weekends: spend time with her two daughters and go camping
- Favorite thing about being a preschool teacher: getting to be a part of the kiddos' first years of their educational journey and helping them establish love for learning and school
How does RSG stay up to date?
Ms. Meghan, our lead teacher and director, plans to attend the California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools (CCPPNS) convention annually, just as her mentor Ms. Alyssa did while she lead the school.
“The California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools (CCPPNS) is a statewide group of non-profit preschools comprised of parents and educators committed to teaching and inspiring families through parent involvement and mutual support. Parent participation preschools are founded on the principle that the best education will result from an active partnership among parents, teachers and children.
CCPPNS hosts an annual convention in early spring to disseminate the latest ideas and information on child development and early-learning.“ (Source: https://ccppns.org/)
How many students are in each class?
Each class has a maximum of 18 students.
Is working in the class mandatory?
Yes, please review the parent (or caregiver) participation requirements under the “parents” tab. If you are unable to volunteer in the class, there is a buyout option for this duty. Please reach out to discuss your situation.
Is there a lunch time or snack?
Each class includes a time for snack, which is provided by the parent. RSG has a snack policy that is included in the parent binder. If you have any questions about the policy, please contact us.
What if my child has allergies?
We will not allow any known allergens into our classroom during snack time.