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Nature Education Cooperative Program Guidelines / Agreement

 

Mission:

The Nature Education Cooperative will offer hands-on educational curriculum in science, math, language and the arts using Montessori learning tools, child-led learning concepts and a nature school philosophy. In our beautiful living classroom homeschool families and young children ages 3-7 and their caregivers will journey on an empowering collaborative learning experience together. 

 

Co-Op Flow: 

10:00 am - Arrival Time - Jump right in to our activity stations

10:30 am - 12: 00 pm - There will be some invitations to special presentations in in Science, Math, Language & the Arts

12:00 pm - Lunch break - Children can forage for herbs, fruits and vegetables from the garden to contribute to their meal

1:00 pm -  End of co-op meeting

 

Session Schedule:

DBCG's co-op will be held on Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Session 1:  September 18, 2018 through December 11, 2018  (12 Classes)

Session 2:  January 8, 2019 through March 26, 2018 (12 Classes)

Session 3:  April 2, 2019 through May 28, 2018 (10 Classes)

CLOSED:  Co-Op will not be meeting on the following Tuesdays - November 20, 2018, December 25, 2018 and January 1, 2019. 

 

Guidelines:

The following policies and procedures have been developed to help our co-op to function smoothly and support our mission of positive, empowering collaborative learning:

Parent/Guardian Participation:  

The Nature Education Cooperative (NEC) is made up of families from a wide variety of backgrounds, united by our shared goal of providing an empowering alternative education in a natural setting for our children. Collaborative learning commences with various tools and projects based on the child's interests and passions. We encourage children to ask questions and freely explore all the tools and projects. If your child desires to roam the garden during a lesson, it is up to the parent/caregiver to support their exploration or gently encourage their child to join the project. 

Parents are asked to be fully engaged in the children's experiences. It is very important and helpful that adults refrain from cell phone use and extraneous conversations until after the class.  We value input from every member participating and welcome your ideas for educational projects.  

Attendance:

Please give advance notice of an absence when possible by emailing christina@delraybeachchildrensgarden.org. We understand that running late is sometimes unavoidable. Let’s try, however, to make it our collective goal to arrive at each co-op event on time so we may all enjoy the opening activity together to set the intention for the day. 

Illness:

In order to protect all of our families, please follow these simple guidelines in regards to illness:
- Individuals must be fever-free with temperature below 99.6 (without tylenol or similar medication) for 24 hours before returning to NEC.
- Individuals must also be free of the following symptoms for 24 hours before they can be in a class again: Diarrhea or vomiting, severe sore throat, continuous coughing or blowing nose, undiagnosed rash or skin lesions, and red, itching eyes with discharge.
- Communicable disease: If a communicable disease is diagnosed (strep throat, chicken pox, pink eye, lice, scabies, impetigo, etc.), please notify the class coordinator as soon as possible. Follow physician’s/health guidelines for return to NEC.

Cancellation and Weather Policies:

In the event of extreme inclement weather such as a tropical storm or hurricane, class will be cancelled and a make-up date will be scheduled. Notifications will be given 24 hours in advance via email. Please confirm receipt of a class cancellation email.  If we are having moderate rainy weather without lightening, we will be meeting at the garden for class as planned. Please pack rain gear for your child, a change of clothes and a towel. In the event of moderate to severe weather with high wind gusts or lightening, class will be rescheduled or an indoor location may be chosen. You will receive an email and phone call to discuss the change. 


Fee Policy:

We thank you for your support of DBCG, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and NEC, an educational class offered by DBCG's Science & Nature Program. Fees cover materials and supplies for the class and facilitators. Optional Field Trips offered through NEC may require admission fees. 


Refunds:

We understand that some things, such as illness or emergencies, are unavoidable. However, please understand that pre-paid sessions guarantee your placement and therefore the class is not filled by other participants. No refunds will be made for pre-paid session packs in the event that you miss a class unless there is an extreme circumstance. In the event that you will need to miss a class due to a medical illness, injury or emergency, please notify christina@delraybeachchildrensgarden.org to discuss using your credit towards a make up day or requesting a refund.  

Payments:

A $25 per class fee can be made online using the link emailed to you once you are enrolled. We ask that when purchasing individual classes that you book your class up to 2 days prior. During the 48 hours before class families on the waiting list will have the option to purchase an individual class to attend. Purchasing a Session Class Pack guarantees your child's placement for the every class in the Session. No walk-ins please.

Food & Allergy Policy:

If you or your child has food allergies, please let our class coordinator know. We ask that members refrain from bringing nuts to NEC program.  Feel free to snack at any time that you would like during our time together. We have a lunch break for a communal meal at 12 pm. We just ask that if your child desires to eat a meal outside of lunch time that meals be eaten on a table away from the educational materials and projects. 

Photos:

NEC requires all families to sign the DBCG Waiver which includes a photo release. NEC may take photographs of students and families at organizational functions for use in newsletters, websites, social media, etc. However, names will not appear next to any photographs which may be used on public sites, social media, or e-mails. 

Non-Discrimination Policy:

NEC is an all-inclusive, secular, apolitical cooperative learning environment open to families seeking a respectful and empowering community. NEC does not discriminate against anyone regarding religion, politics, race, gender, age, educational methods, or other differentiating factors. Discrimination of others from any of our members is not tolerated at NEC programs.

Privacy Policy:

By participating in the NEC program, you acknowledge that your name and email address are viewable by other members and that any relevant information, including contact information, may be shared with class coordinators for the activities in which you participate. Your name and email will be a part of the DBCG mailing list which sends a monthly newsletter announcing garden events and information. If you wish to unsubscribe, please email the word UNSUBSCRIBE to info@delraybeachchildrensgarden.org. NEC does not share/sell contact information with third parties outside of what is stated here.

Agreement:

Adult Individuals are responsible for their own actions and are expected to act in accordance to NEC’s policies. I have read and understand the policies and terms listed above. By clicking "I agree" I understand that I am accepting placement for my child(ren) in the Nature Education Cooperative. 

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I agree with the terms of the NEC Guidelines and accept placement of my child into the co-op educational program.

If you are new to DBCG, please also sign our liability waiver here:  www.delraybeachchildrensgarden.org/sign-waiver