Frequently Asked Questions


What is a cooperative preschool?

A cooperative preschool is a parent/child participation program. Parents enroll in a parent education program at Bates Technical College, and enroll their child in the cooperative preschool of their choice. While parents are enrolled in the program, they earn college credit in a continuing education program. (You do not have to be a college student to enroll your child at NOD!)

Bates-trained cooperative preschool teachers plan the curriculum. The parents’ job is to help conduct the non-profit business of the preschool and ‘work’ in the classroom on a rotation or schedule.


What class should I put my child in?

We have three classes: 2s/3s Class, 3s/4s Class, or 4s/5s also called PreK.


Does my child need to be potty-trained?

Not at all! Teacher Diana or another parent will change your child’s diaper as needed or help him/her with potty needs. We ask that you keep a handful of diapers in the changing area. We have extra clothes just in case.


When is tuition due?

Tuition is due on the 1st of the month. There is a short grace period and after that a late fee of $15 will be charged.


What is the Bates fee?

Because we are affiliated with Bates Technical College, as a parent and member of NOD, you are also a student of Bates. We keep our costs low by being a co-op and partnering with Bates, however you will have to pay tuition! Fortunately the college fee is charged quarterly and will be factored into your tuition during the months of September, December and March.


Do you offer scholarships?

Yes. We understand that preschool can sometimes cost a bit so we do offer financial assistance on an as needed basis.


What are my expectations as a parent/guardian of a child who attends NOD?

As a member, you, your child and your peers make the school. You must be able to work in the classroom 3-4 times per month on a schedule or rotational basis. There are classroom jobs, committees, fundraisers and monthly cleanings. Each family is required to participate. Together we are better and the load of running the school is evenly distributed.


What is a classroom job?

Jobs are weekly or bi-weekly positions that help keep the classroom in order. Do you like to shop? Be our Costco/supply runner (you will get reimbursed). Are you good at fixing things? Mend books or repair broken toys. Do you like to teach little kids and are CPR certified? When Teacher Diana is sick, be the substitute teacher. There are other jobs available and descriptions are in the NOD Handbook.


What’s a committee position?

Community is important to us and we know that it takes a village to raise a child. We believe in order to have a good experience for everyone, our children especially, everyone should pitch in and lend a hand. Just about every month we hold events to bring us together, some of them are fundraisers and some of them are just for fun. If you like putting together events and parties or like to encourage friendly competition to raise money for our school, join a committee. We love encouraging creative people!


Don’t you have someone who cleans the school?

Yeah, you! Because we are the only ones who use the stage and rooms, it is our responsibility to deep clean the space we use. We want the Teacher to teach our children while we teach our children the importance of taking care of our space. Cleanings are held on one Tuesday evening a month in classroom. Two – three people can get it done in 1-2 hours and every family is required to sign up. This involves bleaching all of the toys, scrubbing walls and floors and disinfecting the bathroom.


Do the children eat snack?

Yes. One parent each class is assigned to bring a nutritious snack to share (8-15 children, 2-4 adults). Some suggestions are: apples, bananas, halved grapes, oranges, dried apricots, raisins, applesauce, carrots and dip, celery with cheese or hummus, olives, pickles, pretzels, graham or cheese crackers, tortillas with jelly spread, cooked pasta, yogurt, cheese sticks. There are several possibilities and we do take into consideration allergies and food preferences. We serve only water to drink.



Teacher Diana is always available to answer any question no matter how big or small.