As a cooperative, our members collectively own Family Village. Each member pays a monthly fee, tiered based on their usage, and provides several hours of work-trade each month. This helps keep our monthly fees low as well as supports the idea of community.
Parents and caregivers must remain on site and are legally responsible for their children while they are in the childcare space, which is available for each member for a maximum of three hours per day. Parents are also responsible for diaper changes so will be contacted when this is required.
Membership at all levels includes access to the Family Village community center, free coffee & tea, most classes and programs, free WiFi, community level membership to CoSolve, childcare, quiet meditation/ nap room, access to date nights and other networking and social events and voting rights.
To join, members pay a one-time $25 setup fee and then select the membership level that meets their needs and that monthly fee is to be paid via autopay. Fees are set assuming each member contributes 4 hours of work-trade, assisting with childcare, administration, reception, teaching classes, facilitating seminars, providing outreach or other member support. If a member chooses not to provide work-trade, their fee is set $50 per month higher.
Members agree to abide by our by-laws, attend two of our quarterly meetings annually.
What is a Co-op?
Cooperatives are businesses owned and run by and for their members. Whether the members are the customers, employees or residents they have an equal say in what the business does and a share in the profits. As businesses driven by values not just profit, cooperatives share internationally agreed principles and act together to build a better world through cooperation.
Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.
1. Voluntary and Open Membership
Cooperatives are voluntary organisations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
2. Democratic Member Control
Cooperatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organised in a democratic manner.
3. Member Economic Participation
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
4. Autonomy and Independence
Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organisations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.
5. Education, Training and Information
Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of cooperation.
6. Co-operation among Co-operatives
Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
7. Concern for Community
Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.