Cooperative Connections for the 2020-21 School Year
Brooklyn Preschool offered a robust enrichment program in 2020-21 to meet the needs of health and safety in the climate of coronavirus. The “Cooperative Connections” program was a phased program with progression from no-contact individualized student/teacher connections to peer-to-peer social connections to site-based small group outdoor activities and school days.
We provided teacher engagement, social connections and community experience through a host of parent participation options. The school year started with no-contact outdoor home visits with teachers, materials delivered to students’ homes, virtual circle times and recorded circle times to access at will. Families were paired and grouped with other families with similar risk level values to build peer connections and play time.
Over time, activities transitioned to shared small group outdoor experiences on our school grounds and allowed for site-based school days with a typical parent teacher participation schedule. Movement between phases relied on various factors of state health mandates, regulations, local health, and member community health.
We are proud to have offered a family-friendly and pandemic-safe option for preschool in 2020-21 that emphasized community connection and supported the mission of Brooklyn Cooperative Preschool for future members.