Mayo Nursery School
1012 Old Turkey Point Rd., Edgewater, MD 21037 410-798-6255
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Parents are Key to a Successful Co-op!
A co-op nursery school relies on parent involvement in the classroom every day. This is not intended to be a chore, but a way for you – the parent – to be involved in your child’s life in a special way. And, it’s not all work! Most parents and children form lasting friendships that carry on to elementary school and beyond.  

As a part of membership, parents are expected to co-op (or volunteer). Every effort is put into accommodating your busy schedule. 

By serving in administrative positions, participating in daily classroom activities and volunteering for school fundraisers, parents have the unique opportunity to observe their child's daily interactions, recognize their accomplishments and develop a relationship with the teacher and friends. 

During orientation, parents are given a tour of the classroom and an overview of co-oping duties and responsibilities from which to choose.  

The cooperative nursery school experience lays a wonderful foundation for both parent and child. We encourage everyone to consider this option for your child's experience in formal education. It's an experience you both can share – together.

Q1: Both parents in our family work. Will we be able to do a co-op?
A1: Co-oping in the classroom only takes a couple hours a month. Schedules are made well in advance to allow time to coordinate other obligations (work, childcare for younger siblings, etc.).

Q2: I have a younger child at home. How can I co-op without hiring a babysitter?
A2: We have many families in this situation. Often parents with younger kids can coordinate to provide childcare for each other when they have co-op duties.

Q3: How involved are families at MNS?
A3: Families that choose a co-op do so because they want to be actively involved in their child's school. Outside of participating in daily classroom activities, parents have the opportunity to serve in administrative positions, volunteer for school fundraisers, join special school events and become a part of the MNS community. 

Q4: What is my monthly obligation for MNS?
A4: Tuition will be paid monthly as well as one or two co-op days per month.

Q5: What does it mean to be the co-op parent? 
A5: As the co- op parent you get to participate in all activities lead by the teachers and help children complete projects and activities.  

Q6: Can a nanny or grandparent co-op in class, instead of a parent?
A6: Yes, a nanny or grandparent can fulfill the parent responsibilities. As long as they full-filled the background check and all health forms just as a parent would.  

Q7: How can I learn more about the school?
A7: Join us at our open house on Thursday, January 31 at 9:30am. If you are unable to attend, email us at for more information.