We describe Intown as a cooperative playgroup and a school for Toddlers and Parents and Caregivers. Nearly a half century ago Intown Playgroup was created by an active group of parents in the community interested in improving the early development of young children. Families participate in the care and management of our school creating a supportive community and learning alongside their children. Through conversations with teachers, other parents, reading documentation of the children’s learning in our newsletter, and participating in programs throughout the school year, parents gain a deeper perspective and appreciation of the early childhood period.
Intown is proud of the connections parents make with each other during these early years, and the long-term friendships that develop. Parents play along-side their children in school, serve as “duty parents” monthly, and have opportunities to volunteer at what ever level they choose, whether offering to teach a favorite song or play a musical instrument, or serving on the Board of Directors.
Monthly Duty Days
All parents are required to serve as a “duty parent” once a month, which entails aiding the teachers, providing and preparing snack, and helping straighten-up and organize the classroom and projects as directed by the teachers.
Connecting Outside the Classroom
Intown parents enjoy time together outside the classroom as well. We arrange parent-only social gatherings throughout the year including moms- and dads-nights-out, and fall and spring parties.
Schools After Intown
In an effort to support current Intown parents as they choose the next step for their child’s education, we host an annual forum to provide information about the local public and private schools, and how to navigate the preschool application process. Intown alumni parents are on hand to provide a first-hand perspective and answer questions about the schools their older children now attend.