Our host campus is Mountain View Baptist Church in Layton, Utah (Davis County). The church does not operate our co-op, it has offered the space as a ministry/out-reach.
When do you meet?
UDWC meets once a week on Thursdays for 10 weeks in the fall and 10 weeks in the winter (usually September-November and January-March). The co-op day begins promptly at 9 and ends at 1:45. We enjoy a 30 minute lunch break at 12:15 followed by a planned PE related class or activity.
What ages can participate?
In addition to nursery care, UDWC has classes for pre-school through grade 12, dependent on coordinator offerings.
Do I have to join an organization?
UDWC is a ministry of UTCH (Utah Christian Homeschool Association). UTCH membership is a requirement for participation in this particular co-op. We verify UTCH state membership with the state membership secretary. As a UTCH member, you are welcome to join any of the state co-ops (or even begin one of your own with a few other families)!
Do I have to attend every week?
We ask families who choose to participate in this co-op to commit to participation for the full year and also commit to regular attendance, missing only due to illness or emergency. We ask families in UDWC to make co-op attendance a priority and schedule family vacations, activities, and appointments on different days. If you cannot commit to regular attendance and participation for the full year, UDWC is not the right co-op for your family. UDWC is volunteer dependent and the short terms (10 weeks) mean that every week’s materials are very important for students to receive the benefit of participation. In addition, withdrawals during the co-op year burden coordinators, teachers, and co-op families with the time-consuming responsibility of filling empty teaching and helping units.
What are my responsibilities at the co-op?
Each parent/guardian on campus has a required number of serving units they must sign up for, in order to allow the co-op to operate smoothly. The infrastructure to set up the co-op (2 adults per room, nursery coverage, cleaning building) makes it impossible to evenly divide up those responsibilities based on how many participating children you have in the co-op. Your units will be the same regardless of the number of participating children you have in the co-op.
Do my children have to participate all day?
No. You may enroll your students in any number of classes that meet your educational plans. However, be aware that the infrastructure to set up the co-op (2 adults per room, nursery coverage, building cleaning) makes it impossible to evenly divide up those responsibilities based on how many hours you attend. Know that when you register, your Helper, Nursery and Cleaning Units are going to be the same whether you register for 1, 2, or 3 of the morning hours. Those helper units are divided among all participating families, regardless of how many hours they are enrolled in classes. Most parents find it unrealistic to participate fewer than 3 hours.
Who teaches the classes?
UDWC classes are taught by parents, guardians, and friends in the community.
May I be with my children during the day?
Each parent/guardian on campus has a required number of serving units they must sign up for, in order to allow the co-op to operate smoothly. You will have the opportunity to choose where you serve, based on availability, but your service units may not necessarily be with your children.
The units are broken down as follows:
Helper Units – can be served in any class in co-op and NOT necessarily only in your children's classes.
Teaching Units – only if the class your child/children are registered for is a teacher rotation class.
Nursery Units – Those serving in the 11:15 hour of nursery are required to do the cleaning of nursery.
Cleaning Units – Cleaning the building begins at 12:15 or later
Two families work together to empty garbages, tidy, wipe down bathrooms, collect lost items, sweep Fellowship Hall.
PE Units - only if participating in PE (After lunch)
When will you begin planning the courses for the upcoming school year?
Typically, planning meetings for this large group co-op are announced and shared via our local, private google group for UTCH state member families and begins each April. Course Descriptions, (developed by those who choose to serve as coordinators), are submitted in May and published to our local UTCH families on this website in June. Three park day information meetings to share UDWC information take place during June and July. On-line registration opens up for 2 weeks in July (a week sooner for those who choose to serve as coordinators)! Team leaders distribute registration information at the required park day information meetings.
What can I do with my infant?
UDWC has nursery care for infants through age 2. All co-op participants register for nursery care slots throughout the co-op year to provide supervision for the nursery children from 9-12:15 PM.
Why can’t I register late?
Our co-op has grown beyond the size where we can easily handle families moving in and out after the registration deadline. We are currently serving between 40-50 families. We tried in the past to accommodate new students throughout the term and it was very time consuming for the Leadership Team and the coordinators to orient new families, shuffle teaching and helping schedules and add/subtract students throughout the term. After much prayer, the Leadership Team made the difficult decision to create a firm registration deadline to protect the time of all the coordinator and Leadership Team volunteers. We are so grateful for all of our coordinators and their willingness to volunteer their time facilitate a class. We don’t want to make their job any harder than it is. We do welcome new families to attend our November visitor day and register for winter term courses if there is availability. Watch this website for visitor day details!