The hallways in the morning are filled with chatter as moms and dads drop their children off and grab a few minutes to trade stories or catch up. There’s a sense of comradery formed by surviving sleepless nights, toddler tantrums, and Kindergarten school tours.
We actively strive to create a strong parent community. This goal is so important to us that it’s even part of our mission statement. We believe that in today’s hectic world parents need support, and that if we can facilitate a support system for parents we will be helping our children long after they leave our care.
We host many parent social events and bring in parenting experts to lead robust discussions. But the strongest relationships are formed when our parents partner with us to help create the caring, present world they want their children to live in. They volunteer in the classroom and lead events/fundraisers that benefit the extended community. As they do so, they build strong relationships with other parents who share their values.
Our parents form lifelong friendships with other CCEP parents. They tell us it’s different from other schools. Here, they build friendships for play dates, but also friendships they can rely on when they’re in a bind and need help. Friends who will pick up their child when they can’t get out of work, friends that will share their favorite babysitter’s contact information, friends that will accept their crazy family just as it is.