Parents are partners, collaborators, and advocates for their children. As members of the cooperative, parents participate in classroom activities on a regular schedule, and belong to committees that perform support services for the Center.
Each family participates in the classroom on a regular schedule, 2 hours per week, two times per month. (Due to COVID restrictions all on-site parent participation is suspended until further notice.) 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 throughout the year 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.