Parents are partners, collaborators, and advocates for their children. As members of the cooperative, all families are involved in the operation and governance of Bigelow. Parents participate in classroom activities on a regular schedule, and belong to committees that perform support services for the center.
As members of a cooperative, all families at Bigelow are involved in the operation and governance of the Center. Each family participates in the classroom on a regular schedule, 2.5 hours per week (for 4 and 5 day enrollment) or every other week (for 2 and 3 day enrollment). All families belong to one committee (such as admissions, food, finance, physical space, etc.) and these committees perform support services for the Center. Single parent families are exempt from serving on a committee.
As members of the Bigelow community, parents and teachers meet once a month to converse and set policy. Topics of discussion can range from questions about curriculum to staffing and budgetary issues. The Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Center and implementing community decisions.