Preschools that are owned and managed by a group of families who hire trained teachers to provide a quality preschool experience for their children. The preschools are administered and maintained by the parents, usually on a nonprofit, non-sectarian basis. The parents assist the professional teachers in the classroom on a rotating schedule and participate in the educational program of all the children. Each family shares in the business operation of the school, often by electing a board of directors that establishes policies and hires qualified staff who run the day-to-day operations. One of the benefits of cooperative preschools is that they are generally within the financial means of most families.