Community

Supporting Parents
What is a community?

In today’s start-up/ sales and marketing/ social media world, no brand, product or company is complete without a community. The word has been so overused that its meaning – a group of people who live in the same place or share similar beliefs, attributes or goals – has all but been lost.

The Ryozan Park community is not just a trendy collective term we use to describe our customers; it is the real deal. We know each other’s names and have face-to-face conversations. We turn to one another for advice and help in business and private life. We pull our resources, eat and drink together, learn together, and laugh a lot. We believe that life is better shared.

Why does a preschool need a community?

Japanese corporate culture puts significant pressure on families. Deficits in the workforce and population see the conflicting demands to engage in paid work while raising children falling squarely on women’s shoulders. Unfortunately, the current social system does not properly support them. Many women work full time while single-handedly managing their household because their spouses are required to work late into the night. This pattern deprives both parents of rest and prevents men from fully participating in family life.

How can we help?

We can’t do much to change the system overnight, but we can offer parents somewhere to rest awhile at drop-off and pick-up, a place to spend time with their child and other parents. We can offer mothers a rare third option between full-time parenting and full-time daycare, supporting the fulfilment of their professional goals while they stay close and connected to their babies. To fathers, we offer a place to be themselves, where their presence and participation is welcome – not seen as anomalous. We believe that improving the welfare of the family begins with offering both men and women a framework for a balanced life and the support of a community, that they may fully experience the joys of raising children.

Professional Support

Our dedicated community and incubation managers can help with startups, entrepreneurship, networking, collaborations and job matching. Since opening in 2018, we have hired preschool parents to work at our head office, to make organic snacks for the class and as temp workers at Ryozan Park share office enterprises.

Parents are invited to attend coworking events such as lectures and presentations in addition to regular preschool gatherings like family dinners, parents’ lunches, weekend workshops, round table discussions on subjects such as gender roles and parenting strategies, and our annual community-wide mochi-pounding party and sports day. Rest assured that none of these is mandatory. Our mission is to alleviate the burden of parenting, not add to it.

“It takes a village to raise a child”

African proverb
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