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FAQs

Q:

How do I join Thames Valley 4-H Club?

A:

We open up registration to new families three times a year when we open up class registration for our Winter, Spring, and Fall sessions.

To join our group, first go to the homepage of our website (thamesvalleyhomeschool.org) and “Request Website Membership”. If class registration is not currently open, your request for website membership will not be approved. If class registration is in progress, and space is available, you will be granted access to the password protected side of our website so you can sign up your children for classes.

Once you are signed up for classes a club leader will help you officially register with the 4-H organization as a member of our club. To maintain compliance with 4-H liability insurance requirements, the parent or guardian who will attend/help with their child(ren)’s classes will be asked to fill out a volunteer application and complete some online training to become a 4-H volunteer.

NOTE: If you are granted website membership but then fail to sign up for classes by the registration deadline, then website membership will be revoked until such time as you are ready to pursue joining our group.

Q:

What is a homeschool co-op?

A:

A homeschool co-op is a group of families who meet together and work cooperatively to achieve common goals. Co-ops can be organized around academics, social time, the arts, activities, crafts, service work, projects — or some combination of these.

Q:

Do I have to join 4-H to participate in your classes?

A:

Yes. Our co-op is also a 4-H club. 4-H membership gives us insurance coverage, access to 4-H resources and materials, and allows us to offer classes at low cost.

Q:

Do I have to be a volunteer in your club in order for my child(ren) to participate in classes?

A:

In order for our co-op to function properly we need parent volunteers. Parents teach the classes, assist the teachers, clean up and run every aspect of our group. We require every parent to volunteer in some capacity. We will waive the volunteer requirement for families who have special circumstances. If you feel you have special circumstances that make you unable to volunteer for a session, please contact the club leaders at thamesvalleyhomeschoolcoop@gmail.com.

Q:

What if my child wants to take a class outside of his/her age bracket?      

A:

Class ranges are suggestions based on what is appropriate for the average child. We understand that individual children’s abilities, interests, and temperaments vary greatly. Parents know their children best so if you feel that your child might do better in a class geared for older or younger kids contact us. We will work with you to make a decision that is best for everyone.

Q:

Do you have classes for teens?

A:

At this time we do not offer classes for teens. This is because we have not been able to get enough teens to make it work. If you have a teen and are interested in our co-op contact us. If we have enough interested families we will add classes to meet their needs.

Q:

How much does it cost to join the co-op?

A:

    There is no fee to join specifically. However, there is an $8/year fee for website membership, and there may be a small administrative fee charged along with class registration each session.

    Each class will have it’s own fee to cover materials costs. Those class fees typically range from FREE - $20 per child, per class.

Q:

Should I still register if classes are full?

A:

If classes are already full, any additional registrations will be automatically added to a waiting list. You will be notified promptly if class space becomes available.

Q:

Can I drop off my child?

A:

Children over the age of 8 can be dropped off if you let us know in advance. For families with younger children we understand that situations may come up where you need to drop off your children. Small children can come to co-op without their parent or guardian as long as they have a designated adult who will be responsible for them. Parents who regularly drop-off their children are still asked to volunteer in some capacity.

Q:

My child has special needs. Can we still join?

A:

We welcome all children and families into our co-op. If your child has special needs please let us know so we can more effectively serve your family.

Q:

How do I get the latest info about the co-op?

A:

Go to our homepage and join our mailing list. We will send out an update when a session planning meeting is scheduled, when our class listings for the coming session are available, when class registration opens, and to announce any special events.

Q:

Where are classes held?

A:

We don’t have a “forever home”, but we typically meet in or near Norwich, CT.

Q:

When are classes held?

A:

We have 8-week-long class sessions in the Winter, Spring, and Fall. Each session we hold classes on Fridays, typically in the 10:00am - 2:00pm time-frame.

Q:

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

A:

You can email the club leaders at thamesvalleyhomeschoolcoop@gmail.com or you can text or call 860-373-2213.

Q:

What is the age range of participants in your 4-H Club?

A:

4-H is open to any youth who is at least 7 years and not 19 years of age on January 1st of the calendar year. We also have a special program for 5 and 6 year olds called CT Explorers. Thames Valley 4-H has children in both programs.

We currently have members ranging in age from 5-12.

We also welcome the younger siblings of our club members to hang out during our classes and sometimes even participate in organized activities. 

 

 

Q:

What happens if I sign up but have to cancel?

A:

Let us know you need to cancel, and if you have already paid class fees they will be refunded. If you have participated in part of the session already, the refund with be prorated as appropriate for that class.

If you don’t show up for the session, and don’t contact us to cancel, no refund will be automatically granted.

Q:

Who can join Thames Valley 4-H?

A:

We are a 4-H club which means we welcome anyone who is interested.

We meet on Friday during the day which means our target group is homeschoolers in New London County.

Q:

Can we bring visitors with us to co-op?

A:

Yes. We do allow our families to occasionally bring visitors.

Q:

What is the typical daily schedule?

A:

We generally begin our day around 10 in the morning and go until around 2. During that time we offer classes in 45-90 min blocks with breaks for snack and/or lunch.

Q:

Can I check out the co-op before I join?

A:

If we are in session you can come join us for the day and get a feel for how we work. Contact us and we will set up a day for you to visit. We also hold an open house during the summer so families can meet us, ask questions, and learn about 4-H.

Q:

When can I sign up for classes?

A:

We typically hold an 8 week session in the Winter, Spring, and Fall. Our minimum deadline for opening registration is 2 weeks prior to the start of the coming session. Check the Upcoming Classes section of our website to see what our session dates are.

Q:

Can I join mid-session?

A:

The first day of class is considered our default registration deadline. For some classes it may be too late to order the correct amount of supplies, or the missed material would be difficult to make up for. If no such complications exist and there’s space available, it would be up to the discretion of the club leaders and class teacher for the classes the child wishes to join.