Do you have more questions about joining CECPTA?
Contact our Membership Chair Jennifer Bueno

Do you have more questions about the nursery?
Contact our Nursery Co-Chairs Anh Linh & Stacy

General

What is the CECPTA?

The Carrollton Early Childhood PTA serves parents, grandparents and caregivers for children from newborns to age 6. Anyone in the Carrollton and the surrounding area is welcome to join.

What does the CECPTA do?

We have monthly meetings with informative speakers September through May, field trips, holiday parties, year round weekly playgroups, Members’ Night Out/In activities and Game Nights, in addition to many other programs including community service projects. Your yearly dues support our activities, speakers and children’s programs.

Why would I join an Early Childhood PTA? My child isn’t even in school yet.

Learning begins at birth, so we strive to provide a solid educational foundation by offering playgroups, fun activities, support and learning opportunities for all of our members. We are part of the National PTA.

How do I join?

You can now join via mail or online. Visit our Join Now section for more information.

You can join any time of the year!  Try a meeting (nursery reservations and fees still apply) and playgroup FREE before you join!

I emailed a board member/playgroup coordinator and haven’t heard back from anyone.

Keep in mind we are all volunteers and as much as we love the organization we can’t always respond immediately. Give us a couple of days and if not you can try through our contact us and it will get sent to the appropriate person.

I filled out my application and paid my dues, what’s next?

Our membership chair will process your application and send you a welcome email with information about your playgroup. She will add you to our google group email list and you’re now welcome to join our members only FB group. Your playgroup coordinator will also add you to your specific playgroup google group and FB group (if applicable). You will get a welcome email from your coordinator with information about your group.

You’re ready! RSVP to the next playgroup, come out to meet fellow group members & don’t forget to signup to host a playdate. Keep an eye out for messages from our socials, parties and character & spiritual coordinators for CECPTA wide events in addition to your playgroups.

 

Meetings

Do I have to go to the meetings? I just want to join for the parties and playgroups.

No, attendance is not mandatory at any of our meetings. Lots of people join just for those very reasons, and many never attend a meeting.

I would like to attend a meeting, but I don’t know anyone in the PTA and feel awkward coming alone.

This is a prevalent feeling among new members, and we want you to feel welcomed and befriended. Let us know that you are new when you arrive, and we’ll make sure to introduce you to a returning member who will show you around and make you feel right at home.  Also, attending playgroups is a good way to get to know others with same-aged kids before you come to a meeting.

Do I have to be a member to go to the meetings?

We welcome you to try your first meeting (nursery reservations and fees still apply) and playgroup FREE before you join!

What can I expect at a meeting?

Doors and nursery opens at 9:30. First get your child checked into the nursery (reservations are strongly recommended to ensure there is enough space.) Then check in at the membership table and grab your name tag. You can also drop off any donation for that month’s community outreach opportunity, usually by the door. If you brought a potluck dish to share drop it off in the kitchen and fix yourself up a plate of other goodies fellow members brought to share. Find a seat, mingle with other members and our guest speaker will start at 10. When it’s all done stack your chairs and pick up kids from the nursery by 11:30.

Nursery

Do I need to make a reservation?

Yes and no. Sitters are scheduled in advance to a specific children-to-sitter ratios based on their age. If you don’t make a reservation we cannot guarantee we will have a space available for your child and your fee will be considered at the walk-in rate.

Do I have to attend every month to qualify for the annual reservation rate?

No. You can choose a single meeting, 3 meetings or all meetings as long as it is scheduled and prepaid.

My child was crying when I dropped him/her off can I check in on him/her?

Our sitters will try their best to distract and redirect an upset child, if they catch sight of you peeking through the window it might upset your child all over again. Please ask one of the nursery coordinators to check in on them. If the child can not be comforted and is excessively crying the sitter will alert one of the coordinators and they will go into the meeting to let you know.

I made a reservation and something came up can I still drop off my child and pick them up at 11:30?

No you must be present in the building while your child is in the care of our sitters. If you can’t make it please email cecptanursery@gmail.com and let our coordinators know as soon as possible that you need to cancel your spot.

Playgroups

Can I still attend playgroups if I don’t want to host at my house?

We ask that everyone that participates in playgroups signup to host as well. It doesn’t have to be at your house, you can pick any public setting that is kid friendly (library, mall play areas, playground, etc.) Your group coordinator can even offer some suggestions. 

I have different aged children which playgroup do I attend?

Each child will have their own playgroup based on their birthdate but siblings are always welcome at each others playgroups. You can go to one or both in the same week, it’s your choice. Some members with multiple kids signup to host the same week in each of the playgroups they belong for a multigroup playdate.

I’m not available the day my playgroup is scheduled to meet.

The playgroup coordinators are regularly assessing the preference in the availability of the majority of the group members. While the most popular day will be the “official” meetup day for the group, the person hosting that week is welcome to change the day that best fits their availability. We also encourage everyone to extend an invitation to their playgroup on any day even if they aren’t hosting that week.

How many kids will be at playgroup each week?

It’s very unpredictable! One week it could be 20 and the next week could be 2. It’s fun to do multiple playgroup playdates because there will be a higher chance for a bigger turnout.