One critical PAC activity is to provide quarterly parent education seminars and lectures, free to our families and the general public, featuring some of our area’s leading experts on education and childhood development. The Parent Education Committee arranges for speakers to discuss such important topics as sibling rivalry, emotional intelligence, and how to choose a great school for your child and family.
The Registration Committee supports co-ops by training parent coordinators in the entire registration process, and recommends standardized procedures to every coop in the system so that parents can have reliable expectations. It also orchestrates open registration to enroll new children and monitors openings at individual coops in order to assist co-ops that need help to fill those empty slots.
PAC’s Kindergarten Readiness Committee creates and updates the Kindergarten Readiness folders that are given to each co-op in the Fall, and maintains up to date web resources on the subject of school tours, application deadlines, and readiness. This comprehensive resource saves co-op parents time and energy by providing information about Kindergarten options in the Seattle area. By being available to all co-ops, not just the 3-5s, it’s a terrific way for parents to get a head-start on the process.
The Communication Committee supports our co-ops by publicizing co-op events, teacher position openings, and other co-op business. It produces a monthly newsletter and maintains our web site (northseattlecoops.org) to inform and educate co-op members and the general public about important dates, ideas, related classes and seminars, cooperative preschool solutions and techniques from other preschools, teacher openings, and fundraising opportunities. It also works to promote our preschool program to the outside world, encouraging enrollment.
Health & Safety
The Health & Safety Committee was formed as an ad-hoc committee in 2006 to compile emergency preparedness resources for co-op classes. As a standing committee the following year, it developed guidelines regarding food allergies, intolerances and preferences in preschool children.
Each co-op makes an annual contribution toward the PAC scholarship fund, which helps make the cooperative preschool experience available to families not otherwise able to afford it. Qualifying families receive awards of up to 75% of their co-op tuition. The Scholarship Committee works with parent educators to confidentially evaluate applications and distribute funds. Each year, around 80 families, or 10% of our co-op population, receive scholarship assistance. 100% of the money raised for the scholarship fund goes to tuition assistance.
North Seattle College Parent Cooperative Preschools value and celebrate diversity in all of its forms and are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive learning environment for all children, adults, and families. We strive to be welcoming and accessible to all families and reflect the diverse community of North Seattle.
We are committed to taking action against practices, attitudes and behaviors that promote discrimination and exclusion of any type or variation. We are committed to ensure to the best of our ability through policies and procedures that our cooperative preschool settings provide an environment of respect, inclusion, tolerance and acceptance of all children, adults, and families.
North Seattle Parent Cooperative Preschools strive to prepare our children for a diverse and multicultural world in which they will be caring, compassionate and productive citizens.