Prospective Families  

Why a coop?

  • Children are taught the skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

  • Parents have the opportunity to use their skills in the classroom, on the board of directors, and on committees, allowing for the exploration of new skills.

  • For some parents, the chance to observe skilled teachers relating to children in various situations helps them gain insights and skills at home.

  • Parents and children enjoy the friendships that grow among member families.

Cooperative Duties

  • Parent classroom participation, including providing a snack and cleanup duties
    (1-2 times per month, depending on days child is enrolled)

  • Weekend cleaning of school
    (1 weekend per semester)

  • Fall and Spring workdays
    (2 hours of work on a specific day each semester)

  • Committee Work
    (Each family serves on 1 committee, see Committee Descriptions)

  • Fundraising
    (2 hour shift at annual Spring Music Fest fundraiser)

  • General Membership Meetings
    (1 mandatory meeting held each semester)
     

COVID-19 Safety Plan

To help keep our children, staff and families safe during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed the following plan:​

  • Smaller groups of children (10 in the a.m. and 12 in the p.m.).

  • In order to keep students in the same groups everyday, enrollments will be limited to either MWF or T/Th, not M-F.

  • Limited access to the building, and anyone who enters the building should wear a mask and take off shoes or wear shoe covers. (Mask-wearing for children enrolled will be optional because of their age.) Masks and 6-foot spacing are also encouraged at check-in and while parents are on the playground.

  • Teachers will be wearing masks as often as possible (always inside and within 6 feet if we are outside).

  • Hand sanitizer and wipes are available at all entrances/exits to the building.

  • Mass-sharing activities like sensory table and sandbox will be removed.

  • Each child will have his or her own personal play dough, markers, crayons, etc. in their own school box labeled with their name, and it stays at school.

  • Centers and snack groups will be 2 at a table or 2 in an area.

  • Water bottles will be individually labeled.

  • Check-in procedure has been implemented for each child and staff members,  including taking temperatures daily.

  • It’s recommended the same person does drop-off and pickup of child.

  • Common areas to be cleaned hourly.

  • No circle time rug, just giant dots on the floor to encourage social distancing during group meetings like circle time and story time.

  • Daily toys will be alternated to make sure toys get cleaned after each class use. 

  • Lots more outdoor activities.

  • Lots of hand-washing!!!

  • Updated KDHE guidelines require that a child must be fever-free, without use of medication, for 72 hours before returning to school. We also ask that your child not attend school if any member of your family has not been fever-free for 72 hours.

  • We are also expecting families to communicate to us and keep you child home for 2 weeks if they travel to a high-risk COVID-19 area, come in contact with a person that has COVID-19 or are experiencing any symptoms like shortness of breath, coughing, lack of smell or taste, or fever. It is very important that families let us know these things so we can do our best to keep our whole LCNS community safe.

  • Upon request, tuition credits will be given when a child must be absent from school for an extended period of time for COVID-19 related concerns.

  • Parent Participation Changes: One parent participator each day. That person will provide an unopened snack to be opened and prepared at snack time, and fresh fruit and vegetables are always great! Children will be allowed to bring 1 show-and-tell item for looking only, not for touching or playing. Parents will be asked to do some cleaning, like sweeping and washing down the tables after snack, and the teachers will be cleaning, as well.
     

LCNS Handbook

 

The LCNS Handbook contains more detailed information about coop participation responsibilities and school policies. Take some time to know more about LCNS and our policies and make your time as a co-op member easier and more fun!

As a coop, our school also abides by the LCNS ByLaws and Standing Rules. Members of our parent-run administrative board are also bound by our LCNS Board Code of Ethics.

Enrollment

 

Membership or enrollment is open to all families who wish to participate with their child in an atmosphere of learning and adventurous play.

  • Classroom participation schedule is determined by class option and total enrollment.

  • Child must be 2 ½ to 6 years old and potty trained.

  • Morning class (ages 2 ½ to 4) – 8:30 to 12pm

  • Afternoon class (ages 4 to 6) – 1pm to 4:30pm

  • Each class includes 2 participating parents and a lead and assistant teacher along with 18 children (am class) or 20 children (pm class). *Due to COVID-19, until further notice, each class will include only 1 participating parent and 10 children (am class) or 12 children (pm class).

  • We offer a Fall/Spring Session (August - May) and Summer morning preschool and afternoon camp programs in June and July.

Interested in enrolling? Contact Us to set up a tour and complete our Fall/Spring Enrollment Form or Summer Enrollment Form.

Tuition

 

Cost of tuition varies according to the number of days per week your child attends.

 

  • 5 days per week (M-F) = $275/month

  • 3 days per week (MWF) = $165/month

  • 2 days per week (T/TH) = $115/month

Families can enroll anytime throughout the year and spaces are offered immediately upon availability. In general, admission to LCNS is on a first-come, first-served basis. However,  priority is given to current students, siblings of current students, previous members, and long-standing applications in that order.  This is achieved by allowing current members to confirm spots before the school is filled with any new applicants. For example, current families who would like their children to attend in the fall have an early deadline, in the spring, to confirm that they would like a spot for the following year.

 

Following this deadline, remaining spots will be filled by new students. To enroll in our program you fill out an enrollment form, (found in our forms section), and return it to the school with a $100 deposit and a non-refundable $35 application fee.  Once your form and fees are turned in you will be notified as to whether or not there is a space for your child or that your child is on our wait list.  If at anytime you would like to be taken off the wait list, simply contact the school’s director via email and your deposit will be returned.

School Calendar

 

LCNS Google Calendar

Application Forms

 

For your convenience, you can download, fill out on your computer, and either email or print our enrollment form. However, don't let this convenience keep you from stopping by to greet our dynamic teachers and meet some of our wonderful families!

 

Questions? Contact Us.

ADDRESS

 

Lawrence Community Nursery School
645 Alabama, Lawrence, Kansas 66044

Tel: 785.842.0064

OPENING HOURS

Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

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