Sherry Guyear, a native to Grundy County, is the lead teacher at our Co-op. Bringing with her 30+ years of experience in the field of education, Sherry acknowledges the individual interests and abilities of each child and works the curriculum to fit all of their needs.
Susan Johnson, Community Ambassador, has been an apprentice teacher with the Co-op since 2015.
At the Co-op we believe that:
- Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and most important teachers and role- models.
- Parenting young children is a special responsibility that can be learned from experience and from strong social connections with other parents/caregivers.
- Children’s relationships with their parents/caregivers lay the foundation for future relationships with family, friends, and the community.
- By coming together, families can support one another, learn from one another, and model for their children the meaning and importance of community.
- Teaching children how to build positive friendships and strong social connectedness promotes resilience and provides them with skills and support that are critical for social and academic success.
- Literacy-based materials and practices (including reading, storytelling, and singing) not only build literacy skills, which are critical for school success, but also promote the development of strong relationships between children and caregivers, laying the foundation for strong social support and resilience.
Our Family Co-op is a place for parents/caregivers and their children (birth – 5yrs) to gather and learn together for two hours twice a week. Through books, songs, games, and activities, the importance of community and social connection is celebrated. The adults also meet to learn from each other and explore ways to support each other and their children.
A co-op, by definition, is a business or organization that is owned and operated by the people who work there or use its services. That is the goal behind our Co-op. We want all of our families to have a voice in what we do and how we do it and to be active in every aspect of the program.
Our Co-op currently meets at the First United Methodist Church in Tracy City. We offer two different meeting times, Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am - 11:00am. Parents are required to stay and participate in at least one session per week, and can drop their child(ren) off to be in the care of our teachers and other parents during the other session. Our goal with this system is to foster a place where parents can rely on one another for support in raising their children.