Parents have always been an integral part of the school. In fact, Mary Meyer School was founded by a group of parents who were passionate about finding a higher quality preschool for their children. In 1966 a group of parents purchased the row-house that has served as our schoolhouse since it was founded in 1943. That same parent community provided a no-interest loan to the school — that has since been paid off. More recently, another group of parents raised an extraordinary amount of capital to completely update and renovate the back half of the house. Mary Meyer School is a non-for-profit corporation whose members are the current parents. That corporation is administered by a board of directors comprised of parents – old and new, current and alumni. This parent board oversees the financials and operations of the school – and collaborates closely with the executive director to ensure a high quality, meaningful experience for children. Mary Meyer School’s Executive Director is a former parent.
On a daily basis, parents are free to spend time in the classroom during drop off and to await their children together at pick up. Parents get to know the teachers and lean on them for support when they are going through separation themselves or are learning how to parent preschoolers — for the first or fifth time. Our parents have play dates, coffee dates and dinner dates…sometimes without their children. They contribute their talents to helping the school thrive. While their children are learning how to be a friend, parents are creating lifelong friendships. All members of Mary Meyer School, both parents and children, become an intimate community that values the same things, looks out for each other, and works together to keep Mary Meyer School the special place that it has been for more than 70 years!