“Parenting is not a technique, it’s a relationship”
A Parent Involvement Preschool (PIP) is a community. It brings together a group of parents, children and
educators to create a unique learning environment.
Parent Involvement Preschools are different than other preschools because the parents are directly
involved. Parents have the opportunity to be with their child in the classroom, to have a say in the
administration of their child’s school and to attend meetings with free parenting education and school
business discussions. Parent Involvement Preschools are a great place for both children and parents to
learn new skills, meet new friends and take the first steps together in a school setting.
How It Works
Family involvement ranges from orientation, monthly meetings and parent education sessions to cleaning days, fundraising and community activities.
#1: Participate in classroom
Parents may choose to join the teachers in the classroom. It’s a wonderful opportunity to make
memories with your child and learn from the other parents and teachers.
#2: Attend monthly meetings and parent education nights
We hold monthly parent education talks by early childhood experts and general meetings to discuss preschool business. It gives you a chance to reflect on your parenting skills and build school community.
#3: Help run the school
Each family is assigned a job to help the running of the preschool. It allows you to get to know your fellow parents and make a real impact in your child’s school.
You get back everything you put in through the strength of the relationships that you build at a PIP. You will learn so much through your time in the classroom and the parent education seminars. And it’s a pleasure to witness an amazing group of three- and four-year olds flourish, develop, laugh, cry and literally grow-up in front of your eyes.
Here’s just a few reasons you should consider a parent involvement preschool:
- You’ll make memories with your child that will last a lifetime
- Your child will make his/her first buddies — cared and supported not only by teachers but also by other parents
- You’ll learn valuable parenting skills from our monthly parent education speakers
- You and your child will make friends within a network of involved and committed families. This sense of community is fostered and strengthened through involvement within the school.
While there is little doubt there is a time commitment involved in belonging to a PIP, the rewards both within and beyond the classroom are immediate and long-lasting for children and their parents.
“When we moved to Lynn Valley, I did my research when looking for a preschool for my children. Only Lynn Valley Preschool promised (and delivered!) a sense of community that I found valuable not only for my little ones, but for myself. The connections made between parents during participation days, meetings, social events, and before/after class are some of the benefits of the parent involvement model. I was worried I would feel isolated in a new neighbourhood. Instead, I found myself running into friends at the park and in the Village. Friendships my children and I have made at LVPPP will only continue to thrive as we move forward into elementary school on the North Shore.”
— The Collings Family