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Little Maroons is a parent-supported childcare cooperative operating from a child-led, African-centered curriculum rooted in indigenous wisdom. We are located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

What's New at Little Maroons?

We are FULL for the 2017-2018 school year. We service students ages 2.9 through 5 years old for our preschool, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten program.

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Dylcia Pagan

Patrice Lumumba

 

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Cooperative Responsibility

Little Maroons is a cooperative space that functions on the contributions of all of the families that come through our doors.  We believe that we all have gifts and resources to share and that our community is enhanced when we are able to do so.  We expect that each whole family will work on a committee (see below) even if every adult in the family cannot complete on-site work shifts.  At least one representative from each family must be present at our community meetings.  Families rotate bringing snack for the children as indicated in the ‘Meals/Snacks’ section of our Family Handbook. Two families will also rotate administrative duties monthly. That new arrangement is a work in progress and the duties will be outlined as we create them. There are no buyouts of the cooperative work. Please speak to a staff member if the current structure presents some difficulty for your family.

 

Community Building Committee

  • Be responsible for member communications
  • Make copies, keep documents up to date and help to organize paperwork
  • Disseminate memos, notes and calendars
  • Prepare shift and snack calendars for posting
  • Facilitate community meetings
  • Plan the two major fundraisers for the year
  • Help establish and maintain fundraising budget
  • Delegate duties amongst the families to make them a success

 

 Maintenance Committee

  • Coordinate and delegate family assistance to beautify and maintain the space   i.e., painting party or backyard clean up

  • Coordinate and facilitate the three annual family school cleanings

  • Keep track of anything that needs to be fixed or replaced

  • Coordinate, facilitate and/or delegate arranging repairs to the space

 

Special Projects

  • Help document lesson plans
  • Contribute project ideas
  • Contribute field trip ideas
  • Organize documentation of curriculum

 

Work Commitment

The work commitment is two hours minimum and five hours maximum per month for work credit at the rate of $10 per hour discount ($50 maximum).  The scheduling of the shifts must be made prior to the day of working and the discount for the time worked will be applied to the following month.

 

Community Meetings

We will meet as a community on the first Thursday of every other month to discuss and debrief the cooperative business. At least one representative from each family must be present at our community meetings.