North Seattle Cooperative Preschools

Woodland Park 3s
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Monday 9:30 – 12 p.m.
Wednesday 9:30 – 12 p.m.
Thursday 9:30 – 12 p.m.

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

Our 3s Class

The 3s program focuses on activities that foster creativity, sensory awareness, dramatic enactment of social roles, appreciation of books, small and large muscle skills and an awareness of the community.

Children in this class are 36 to 48 months. The child must be 36 months by August 31st of the current year to enter the class.

Classes meet Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Parent meetings are one evening per month.

In addition to the Pre-3’s activities, 3s includes age-appropriate art projects and constructions with wood, wire and foam, cooking and field trips.

Our teacher is Tom Hobson.

Last updated: June 5th, 2020, 08:38 pm

Wedgwood Toddlers
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Friday 9 – 11 am

Status: Space available
Waiting List: None

Wedgwood Coop Toddler Class meets Friday mornings from 9 – 11. Our teacher offers a curriculum to meet the needs of those curious explorers! Toddler class provides a learning time for parents, as well, and the instructor bases the adult curriculum on the needs of the parents. So…

Come and be here for the fun
See the children climb and run
Hear them sing and watch them play
Join us for a fun filled day!

Toddlers Class Teacher – Ashley Heiskanen

Having been a part of the North Seattle Cooperative program for the past eight years as a parent, I am excited to now be on the other side of things as the Toddler Teacher at Wedgwood Co-op! My previous experience as a classroom teacher at a private Montessori school provided me with many skills that I believe can be applied in the Toddler classroom as well. I enjoy being around children and find toddlerhood to be a truly fun and exciting age. My experience in multiple co-op classes with my three daughters has given me insight into how a co-op classroom runs, and I appreciate the family participation and inclusiveness that comes along with being a part of a co-op community. I look forward to a fun and energetic school year ahead!

Toddler Class Schedule

9:00-9:35 Climbing Time & Clean Up
9:35-9:55 Music Circle
9:55-10:10 Snack & Clean Up
10:10-10:50 Activity Time/Parent Ed.*
10:50-11:00 Goodbye Circle

*Half of parents assist in classroom, half attend Parent Education

Time Commitments

  • Toddler Parents attend class with their children and act as assistant teachers
  • Each parent has a job outside the classroom (For example: class librarian, equipment and repair, class photographer, substitute teacher)
  • One weekend cleaning of the school per year(takes approximately 3 hours)
  • Monthly evening parent meeting includes class business and parent education

General Toddler Class Information

  • Meet: Friday 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Age: 12 months by August 31
  • 2019-20: Tuition $62/month + North Seattle College Tuition $53.25/quarter

 

Last updated: January 14th, 2020, 10:46 pm

Wedgwood Pre-3s
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Monday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Friday 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

The Gift of Play Supports the Love of Learning
In Pre-3’s young children are afforded many opportunities to learn through playful exploration. Playful exploration accompanied by clear expectations and kind guidance from the teacher and parents promotes the development of social skills, emotional intelligence, scientific inquiry, literacy, physical capabilities (fine and large motor skills), mathematics, and a lifelong love of learning.

Our class is organized around weekly themes that emerge out of the children’s direct experience and/or interests. Themes may include the seasons, feelings, friendship, animals, transportation, the weather, plant growth, balance, etc.

The majority of the class time is free choice — children have the chance to choose from a variety of activities designed to spark curiosity and delight, inspire imaginary play, and foster creativity.

Pre-3s Class Teacher – Beth Graham

I began my journey with Wedgwood Co-op as a parent in the Toddlers class. As my daughter Maya has moved up to Pre-3’s so have I, as the new Pre-3 teacher. I have been so grateful for the experiences and community that Wedgwood has provided, and I am eager to share my love for early learning and play with the Wedgwood community. I feel like the Wedgwood Co-op is a magical place and I am so excited to share in that magic.

In my life before children I was an elementary school teacher. I have my Masters in Elementary Education from Seattle University. With over ten years of teaching experience, first as a reading specialist and kindergarten teacher, then later as a fourth and fifth grade teacher, I am quite passionate about learning. I am really looking forward to a fabulous school year!

Pre-3 Class Schedule

9:30-10:00/11:30-12:00: Large motor play
10:00-10:15/12:00-12:15: Circle Time
10:15-10:30/12:15-12:30: Snack/ Lunch (In January we add a short parent led small group activity after snack time.)
10:30-11:25/12:30-1:25: Area Play
11:25-11:30/1:25-1:30: Closing Circle

Large motor play:

We have a wonderful enclosed yard to play in. Children have opportunities to run, climb stumps, throw balls, play in a large sand box, paint, dance with streamers, play with small parachutes, blow bubbles, and more!

When it is rainy, we play indoors. We have a variety of indoor large motor equipment for our use.

Area play:

  • The art center offers open-ended creative activities such as finger painting, print making, collage, drawing, and painting with watercolors.
  • The home center supports dramatic play by providing a play kitchen, a table with play dough, dress-up clothes, dolls, and props related to the weekly theme.
  • The sensory table offers a wide variety of materials to explore: water, sand, rice, flax seed, etc.
  • The building area is the place to create structures, roads, train tracks, farms, zoos, habitats, etc.
  • The library loft is a quiet cozy area with books related to the weekly theme, books by the author of the month, and hand puppets.
  • The climbing room provides a wide range of possibilities for big movement.
  • The writing skills table includes paper, crayons, markers, stickers, envelopes, and scissors.
  • The table toys area offers materials that challenge fine motor control such as puzzles, peg boards, rubber band boards, and small blocks.

Circle time:
Circle time includes singing, creative movement, listening to and participating in stories, and playing with rhythm and rhyme.

Parents in the Classroom

Parent participation is an important part of the Pre-3 program. Along with holding a class job, parents participate in class one day a week. During free choice time parents rotate through the centers helping children build vocabulary, problem solve, and learn to use materials. Parents bring snack approximately five times a year, and as the year progresses the parents at each snack table plan and lead small group activities. Together, children and parents have a rewarding, growth-filled and exciting experience.

Time Commitments

  • Pre-3 Parents attend class with their children one day/week and act as assistant teachers
  • Each parent has a job outside the classroom (For example: class chair, parent coordinator, equipment and repair, class photographer, substitute teacher)
  • Two weekend cleanings of the school per year (this takes approximately 3 hours

General Pre-3 Class Information

  • Meet Monday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. & Friday 11:30am-1:30pm.
  • Age: 24 months by August 31
  • 2019-20: Tuition $100/month + North Seattle College Tuition $53.25/quarter

Last updated: January 14th, 2020, 10:45 pm

Wedgwood 3-5s
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Tuesday 9 a.m. – noon
Wednesday 9 a.m. – noon
Thursday 9 a.m. – noon

Pre-K also meets:
Monday 12 – 3 p.m.

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None
Contact Info:

3-5s@wedgwoodcoop.org

Wedgwood Coop 3-5s Class meets Tuesday – Thursday mornings for all students. The Monday Kids (those eligible for kindergarten the following year) also meet on Monday afternoons.

The program offers a rich, child-centered curriculum based on imaginative play, creativity, and experiential activities. Frequent guests allow us to focus on a topic of interest that each child would like to learn more about. Guests have included an artist, dentist, veterinarian, soccer coaches, tea party queen, firefighters, babies, scientists, bug collector, farmer, dancers, pilot, musicians, gardeners, chefs, bus driver, paleontologist, storyteller, marine biologist, train engineer, and carpenter. We make great memories and capture our children’s unique interests during their special weeks.

The focus in the classroom is on community; snack is done family style (children are encouraged to invite a friend to have snack with them), some areas of the classroom are “adult free” zones where children ask a friend for help if needed, and small groups are seen as families gathering for learning activities based on the interest of the children. Wedgwood has an indoor climbing room, giving children an outlet for stretching their minds and muscles and a new play space that provides two levels of play. The 3-5’s Class offers children a safe and exciting place to explore the world.

3-5s Class Teacher – Katie Matesky

Katie Matesky has been a part of Wedgwood Co-op since 2014, as a parent for three years and now enjoys being the 3-5s Teacher. She has a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University and has classroom experience teaching Kindergarten and Second Grade.

Katie sees great value in the self-directed play of young children. She aims to keep the classroom child-centered and to get the class outside to play every day. Katie engages with the children in spontaneous lessons as they arise in addition to leading informal song, game and literacy gatherings of the class as a whole. Katie appreciates the joy, humor, respect and support that Wedgwood families bring to the co-operative classroom experience.

3-5 Class Schedule

9:00-10:30 Activity Time and Clean Up
10:30-10:45 Opening Circle
10:45-11:00 Small Group
11:00-11:30 Outside Time
11:30-12:00 Sharing/Closing Circle

Time Commitments

  1. 3-5 Parents attend class with their children one day/week and act as assistant teachers
  2. Each parent has a job outside the classroom (For example: class chair, parent coordinator, equipment and repair, class photographer, substitute teacher)
  3. Two or three weekend cleanings of the school per year (takes approximately 3 hours)
  4. Monthly evening parent meeting includes class business and parent education

General 3-5 Class Information

  • Meets Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 (also Monday 12 noon – 3:00 p.m. for age 4 years by August 31)
  • Age: 3 years by August 31
  • Cost 2019-20: Tuition $175/month ($225 for Monday kids) + North Seattle College Tuition $53.25/quarter
  • For more information, contact our Parent Coordinator

Last updated: January 14th, 2020, 10:45 pm

Victory Heights Toddlers
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Thursday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None
Contact Info:

For enrollment and cost information: victoryheightstoddlers@gmail.com

With so many toddler milestones, our program provides a warm, nurturing, stimulating, and safe environment for this growth and learning to occur. The daily schedule includes developmentally appropriate activities for art, sensory table, home center play, block area play, fine motor manipulative play and gross motor active play (indoors and outdoors). We also have fun during our circle time with songs, puppets, flannel board stories, musical instruments, and dancing. Parent education discussion time is incorporated into the daily schedule, providing parents a time to discuss parenting concerns and issues.

Toddlers Co-op Details:

  • For children age 1 by August 31st
  • Meets: Thursdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For enrollment and cost information: victoryheightstoddlers@gmail.com

Toddler Class Schedule

11:00-11:30 Outdoor/Indoor Large Motor Play
11:30-11:50 Wash hands/Snack/Announcements
11:55- 12:35 Parent Ed/Free Play
12:35-12:40 Clean Up/Transition
12:40-12:55 Circle Time: Songs, Puppets, Dancing
12:55-1:00 Stamps and Goodbyes
 

Kerri Brown-Wooster Toddlers Teacher

Our teacher, Kerri Brown-Wooster hails from Stourbridge in England. She graduated top of her class with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater from University of Wolverhampton. There, she led a program using drama therapy and British sign language in the education of children with various disabilities. Since then, Kerri’s primary focus has been early childhood education with an emphasis on drama and creative play. In Seattle, she was a children’s teacher at the Parent Child Center at Seattle Central College from 2013 to 2016. Kerri’s bubbly personality captures the imagination of parents and children alike and her calm and even presence keeps their interest. She adores music and art and uses puppets and other playful tools during circle time. Her belief in the importance for early childhood development guides her work as she creates opportunities for focused play in a safe, engaging and creative environment.

Last updated: October 10th, 2019, 07:48 pm

Victory Heights Pre-3s
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Tuesday 9 – 11 a.m.
Thursday 9 – 11 a.m.

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None
Contact Info:

For enrollment and cost information: victoryheightspre3s@gmail.com

Our program is play-based and child directed. We believe that children learn and grow cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically when they play in an environment that is both stimulating and nurturing.  We provide the children with open-ended activities in the art area, block area, dramatic play area, table toy area, sensory table area, and discovery/science area. Children also participate in a music circle, outdoor play and snack time. There are parents working in all the play areas so that they can provide support and guidance when needed.

Pre-3s Co-op Details:

  • For children age 2 by August 31st
  • Meets: Tuesday/Thursday 9 to 11 a.m.

For enrollment and cost information: victoryheightspre3s@gmail.com

Pre-3s Class Schedule

9:00 Arrivals & Free Choice
9:45 Clean Up
9:50 Circle Time: Instruments & Story Time
10:05 Snack
10:25 Outdoor/Big Movement Play
10:45 Transition
10:50-11:00 Final Circle Time: Songs & Imagination Adventures/Puppets
 

Kerri Brown-Wooster Pre-3s Teacher

Our teacher, Kerri Brown-Wooster hails from Stourbridge in England. She graduated top of her class with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater from University of Wolverhampton. There, she led a program using drama therapy and British sign language in the education of children with various disabilities. Since then, Kerri’s primary focus has been early childhood education with an emphasis on drama and creative play. In Seattle, she was a children’s teacher at the Parent Child Center at Seattle Central College from 2013 to 2016. Kerri’s bubbly personality captures the imagination of parents and children alike and her calm and even presence keeps their interest. She adores music and art and uses puppets and other playful tools during circle time. Her belief in the importance for early childhood development guides her work as she creates opportunities for focused play in a safe, engaging and creative environment.

Last updated: June 5th, 2020, 08:38 pm

University-Ravenna Pre-3s
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Tuesday 9 – 11 a.m.
Friday 9 – 11 a.m.

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None
Contact Info:

For more information on enrolling, please contact uravpre3info@gmail.com.

The Pre 3s class is for children who will be two by August 31st. The class meets twice weekly. Parents attend one session a week with their child, supervising a learning area and assisting the teacher.

Teacher Christi:

Since 2008, Teacher Christi has taught at both University-Ravenna and Wallingford Pre-3’s. Starting in 2015, she will be teaching exclusively at University-Ravenna Pre-3’s. She uses her vast skill set to help kids develop creativity, social skills, emotional intelligence, scientific curiosity, literacy, imaginative play, fine and large motor skills, math concepts, Spanish and a lifelong love of learning.

Teacher Christi also owns Wedgwood Drama Studio, teaches drama at many local schools, and has 15 years experiences as a professional Actor and Arts Educator. Christi is a northeast Seattle mom of three children and a Positive Discipline Parenting Educator.

Last updated: June 5th, 2020, 08:38 pm

University-Ravenna 3-5s
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Monday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tuesday 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None
Contact Info:

Parent Coordinator

The 3-5s class is for children who will be between the ages of 3 and 5 by August 31st. The class meets four times weekly–three morning sessions and one afternoon. Parents attend one session a week with their child, supervising a learning area and assisting the teacher.

Teacher Nicole will be teaching the University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool’s 3-5s Class starting in fall 2019. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Bradley University and spent a number of years performing and singing in musical theatre productions. After years of working in the non-profit fundraising world, she discovered the joys of teaching preschoolers. She has worked in various Northeast Seattle preschools for the past 7 years bringing music and storytelling to many young students.

Teacher Nicole believes preschool should be a fun, engaging environment where children are encouraged to play while learning to cooperate with others and starting to cultivate their independent skills. Through collaboration with parents, she hopes to instill a lifelong love of learning.

Last updated: June 5th, 2020, 08:38 pm

Northeast Seattle Tuesday Toddlers
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None
Contact Info:

For details on the costs, schedule, and openings please contact our Registrar, Cynthia Hagan.
Application Form

For tours and questions, please contact our Parent Coordinator, NESTtuesdaytoddler@gmail.com.

The toddler years are filled with many exciting milestones, as toddlers learn to walk, to talk, and to actively explore and interpret the world around them. Our program provides a warm, nurturing, stimulating, and safe environment. Toddlers must be 12-23 months by August 31 of the year they attend the preschool. Parents must attend monthly parent meetings (scheduled in the evenings), which focus on parenting and child development issues as well as co-op business. Also, as the co-op is run by parents, parents are expected to hold a co-op job. Tuition is $60/month.

Our Schedule

The daily schedule includes outdoor large motor play, circle time, snack, free play / parent education, and closing circle. Our classroom has areas for art activities, a sensory table, home center play, block area play, fine motor manipulative play, and gross motor active play (both indoors and outdoors). At circle time we sing songs, play with puppets and the flannel board, bring out musical instruments, and dance. After circle, we break into two groups: half of the parents meet with the parent educator to discuss parenting issues and concerns, while the other half works at various “stations” with the children.

Our Teacher

Monica Harris has been teaching for over 25 years: first by teaching folks how to sing, and then later fell in love with teaching Co-op! She has a Bachelor’s of Music from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, as well as a Master’s in VocalPerformance and Pedagogy from Roosevelt University. She, along with her two children, participated in cooperative preschool for 7 years before becoming a teacher. Monica designs the curriculum and helps manage the classroom activities, and circle time is her specialty. She is very tuned-in with each and every student and allows for class flexibility based on each student’s abilities and energies. Kids love her Huggy-Boo!

Location & Parking

The class is on the Northeast corner of the North Seattle College campus, in Room 1405/1407 of the Instructional Building. The street address is 9600 College Way N. Directions are available at the NSC Website and transportation options are outlined.

There is street parking available, but it gets pretty tight. A parking person coordinates parking permits for everyone.

Last updated: June 22nd, 2020, 03:10 am

Northeast Seattle Thursday Toddlers
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (beginning January 2021)

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None
Contact Info:

For details on the costs, schedule, and openings please contact our Registrar, Cynthia Hagan.
Application Form

For tours and questions, please contact our Parent Coordinator, NSC.Thursday.Toddlers@gmail.com.

About Our Program

North Seattle Toddler Co-op is a school which offers parents and children a great step into the world of cooperative education. The program is a play-based approach to help develop toddler skills through song, art, sensory, imaginative play, fine motor and gross motor development. Parents build skills through education sessions and serving as assistant teachers in the classroom. Our classroom is a large space that accommodates various activity stations, snack area, clean/organized toys that are age-appropriate, and a covered outdoor play space (for those rainy days).

About Our Teacher

Teacher Kari is an experienced Toddler and Pre-3s Teacher in our coop system. She has three children who all went through coop all starting on campus! Kari is a certified teacher with 15 years of experience. She teaches On Campus Toddlers and two classes at Wedgwood Coop. Previously she has been a staff developer and Kindergarten teacher at the Evergreen School as well as multi-age teacher. Kari is passionate about music and literacy. She loves to play her guitar and sing with children. She is a strong advocate for outdoor education.

Our Schedule

  • 9:30 – 10:00 Large motor free-play outdoors (Classroom has a covered outdoor space.)
  • 10:00 – 10:10 Wash hands, remove coats and shoes, and get ready for class
  • 10:10 – 10:20 Circle Time (songs and movement)
  • 10:20 – 10:35 Snack
  • 10:35 – 11:15 Sensory indoor play & Parent Education Session *Half the parents serve as assistant teachers and half attend parent education session
  • 11:15 – 11:30 Closing Circle Time

Other Details

  • Your child must be 1 year old by August 31, 2019, and no older than 2 years old.
  • This is not a drop-off program. Every parent/guardian must be present at class.
  • Siblings are not allowed in class.
  • Every parent has a job in the co-op. Sample jobs include: Class Photographer, Teacher Helper, or Board Member.
  • Required once-a-month evening Parent Education Meeting.
  • Small group Parent Education sessions are a required part of the class.
  • Parents take part in classroom clean-up and snack.
  • Get to know a great community of parents and have fun!

Program Fees

Non-refundable registration fee $35 (due when spot is offered) Coop Class Tuition is $60/month. Scholarships are available. North Seattle College Tuition: $53.25/quarter. 

Optional parking permit ~$22 quarterly
*Program fees are subject to change depending on enrollment size and college tuition changes.

Location

Northeast Toddler Coop Preschool meets in a preschool designated classroom with developmentally appropriate toys, games, and learning tools, on the campus of the North Seattle College.

The classroom is nut-free.

Last updated: June 25th, 2020, 04:10 am

Northeast Seattle Saturday Toddlers
Age Group/s:

Schedule:

Saturday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Status:
Enrolling
Waiting List:
None
Contact Info:

For details on the costs, schedule, and openings please contact our Registrar, Cynthia Hagan.
Application Form

For tours and questions, please contact our Parent Coordinator, nscsatpc@gmail.com.

The toddler years are filled with many exciting milestones, as toddlers learn to walk, to talk, and to actively explore and interpret the world around them. Our program provides a warm, nurturing, stimulating, and safe environment. Toddlers must be 12-36 months by August 31 of the year they attend the preschool. Parents must attend parent meetings twice a quarter (scheduled in the evenings), which focus on parenting and child development issues as well as co-op business. Also, as the co-op is run by parents, parents are expected to hold a committee position. Families may attend a day and evening or Saturday class if they wish. Tuition is $60/month.

Our Schedule

The daily schedule includes outdoor large motor play, circle time, snack, free play / parent education, and closing circle. Our classroom has areas for art activities, a sensory table, home center play, block area play, fine motor manipulative play, and gross motor active play (both indoors and outdoors). At circle time we sing songs, play with puppets, the flannel board, musical instruments, and dance. After circle, we break into two groups: half of the parents meet with the parent educator to discuss parenting issues and concerns, while the other half works at various “stations” with the children.

Our Teacher

Leonor Lopez is Colombian and has been working as a teacher for more than 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree and specialization in education. She is passionate about working with children and seeing the world through them. She arrived in Seattle in 2014 and since 2015 has worked in cooperative preschools developing curriculum based on play and immersion in Spanish. For Leonor, cooperatives are the ideal school environment as they allow integral work with families. This has motivated her to continue her training, acquiring certifications as a Parent Educator and Positive Discipline Teacher for Early Childhood in Washington State.

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Last updated: June 25th, 2020, 04:11 am

Northeast Seattle Friday Toddlers
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Friday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None
Contact Info:

For details on the costs, schedule, and openings please contact our Registrar, Cynthia Hagan.
Application Form

For tours and questions, please contact our Parent Coordinator, northeasttoddlers@gmail.com.

The toddler year of life is filled with many exciting milestones — learning to walk, learning to talk, learning that other adults and children are also in this world! Our program provides a warm, nurturing, stimulating, and safe environment for this growth and learning to occur. Northeast Toddler has a great open indoor space, which houses a treasure trove of toys and books. There is also an outside covered play area and a fenced in playground with permanent play structures.

Children must be at least 12 months and no older than 23 months by August 31 of the year they attend the preschool.

Our Teacher

Monica Harris has been teaching for over 25 years: first by teaching folks how to sing, and then later fell in love with teaching Co-op! She has a Bachelor’s of Music from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, as well as a Master’s in VocalPerformance and Pedagogy from Roosevelt University. She, along with her two children, participated in cooperative preschool for 7 years before becoming a teacher. Monica designs the curriculum and helps manage the classroom activities, and circle time is her specialty. She is very tuned-in with each and every student and allows for class flexibility based on each student’s abilities and energies. Kids love her Huggy-Boo!

Routine

The rough breakdown of the two hours is below:

  1. Gross motor play (sandboxes and slides and roller toys outside in the playground in dry weather, and we have the option of playing outside under the covered area when it rains
  2. Cleanup and put toys away
  3. Snack time + parent cleanup
  4. Specific activity/small motor skills—The room has areas for a variety of activities (sensory table, art projects, housekeeping, books, along with a variety of large and small toys.) The children are free to engage in whatever activity they are interested in. NOTE: This is the time when half of the parents will participate in parent ed. discussion groups.
  5. Closing circle time—songs (puppets, stuffed animals) and goodbyes

Parent Involvement

Cooperative preschool is about involvement. Parents play an integral role during each preschool session and work together to create a safe dynamic environment for the children to explore. Parents’ work at a station during free play and every other week attend parent education sessions (in the classroom). Basic parent duties include periodically providing snack, helping with cleanup, and holding a board or committee position for the year. Once a month, parents attend a mandatory evening parent education meeting that is facilitated by a trained Parent Educator. These meetings provide an opportunity to ask questions and to discuss a variety of topics relevant to your child’s development. Through working at school and attending the meetings, parents get to know others in their community and learn valuable tools to enhance the growth of their children.

FEES (for 2020-2021)

The fee structure is outlined below: You pay monthly tuition for your child to attend co-op and you also pay a quarterly tuition (three times per year) to North Seattle College for your parent education portion.

  • NSC registration/tuition for one parent is currently $53.25 per quarter.
  • Monthly child’s tuition to the co-op is $60 per month (2020-21).
  • There is a non-refundable registration fee of $35.

Location & Parking

The class is on the Northeast corner of the North Seattle College campus, in Room 1405/1407 of the Instructional Building. The street address is 9600 College Way N. Directions are available at the NSC Website and transportation options are outlined.

Last updated: June 22nd, 2020, 03:08 am

Meadowbrook Pre-3s
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Monday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Friday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Status: space available in current class; enrolling for 2020-2021 school year
Waiting List: None
Contact Info:

Registrar

Our School Day

Our day includes a free play time when children are able to move about freely choosing from a wide variety of experiences, a circle time with songs, finger-plays and stories, a snack time, an outdoor play time and a quick goodbye circle. Exploration and discovery and mastery of new materials are exciting for two’s and our class room offers lots of opportunities to do this.

The free play time is an opportunity to explore:

  1. An art area with many art materials and activities.
  2. An imaginative play area with play kitchen set-up and play-dough and dress-up outfits.
  3. A sensory table with regularly changing materials to explore.
  4. Block play area with large selection of blocks and materials to extend play.
  5. Skills area with small manipulative toys to explore and master.
  6. A library loft for quiet reading time.

Large-motor activity time includes getting outside as often as possible and letting the children run, climb the hillside and play along the paths, play ball or ride trikes on the flat paved area, or dig in the huge sandbox. We are enjoying our new play area and love how the children have used it imaginatively and creatively.

During the day, children have the opportunity to take initiative through choice, practice co-operation and learn social skills in large and small groups, and persevere through tasks in a supportive environment. It is a very supportive environment for beginning separation from your child and helping children learn independence skills and an opportunity for children to learn to love the idea of “school”.

Our Teacher – Karen Murphy

Teacher Karen was a coop parent for 5 years with her own two children and she is excited to be part of the NSC coop teaching family. She has a BS in Kinesiology and past experience teaching preschool and working in an after school program for elementary students. Teacher Karen creates the environment for the children and engages them in rich language to enhance their learning.  She uses routine to create predictability which allows the children to thrive.

Teacher Karen believes that preschool is a place for children of all backgrounds to come together and that play is how they learn best.  In her classroom, children have many opportunities for creative and imaginative play.

In Pre-3s, the children are natural scientists – Teacher Karen’s top priority is creating engaging, multi-sensory experiences for them to explore. She loves observing the 2 year old child playing and exploring in the coop classroom, doing the work of play. She also knows A LOT of songs.  Helping children learn their emotions, find their independence and foster their interests through a wide variety of experiences is the backbone of our Pre-3s program.

Karen lives with her husband, 2 daughters, and a cat in the Maple Leaf neighborhood and enjoys cooking, exploring new places, and searching for the best Mexican food in Seattle.

Eligibility

To enroll in the Pre-3s class, children should be at least age 2 by the time their preschool begins in September.

Last updated: June 5th, 2020, 08:38 pm

Meadowbrook 3-5s
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Monday 12:30 – 3 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

PreK also meets:
Tuesday 12 to 1 p.m.
Wednesday 12 to 1 p.m.
Thursday 12 to 1 p.m.

Status: space available in current class; enrolling for 2020-2021 school year
Waiting List: None
Contact Info:

Registrar

Our School Day

Our school day emphasizes creative and imaginative play and includes a free-play time with children choosing activities in the art area, the manipulative toys and puzzle area, the blocks area, the home center, the sensory area, and the art area. Pre-reading and pre-math skills are introduced in the play, and we often work with the children during activities to scribe descriptions of their art and their own stories. We have a snack time focused on social interaction; opening and closing circle times with songs, activities and stories and a large muscle time. For large motor play, our school site offers a choice of an indoor space as well as an outdoor space. We have a large sandbox; a hill with stumps, plants and bark; a climbing toy; a ground level slide and a flat pavement area. We love to get the children outside to run, climb, play ball or dig in the sandbox.

We encourage social skills development and provide a safe and secure environment for children to develop friendships, explore expression of their feelings and practice problem solving skills. During the day children have the opportunity to take initiative through choice and practice co-operation in large and small groups.

PreK meets an additional three afternoons each week.

Our Teacher – Karen Murphy

Teacher Karen was a coop parent for 5 years with her own two children and she is excited to be part of the NSC coop teaching family. She has a BS in Kinesiology and past experience teaching preschool and working in an after school program for elementary students. She loves the joy she finds in observing preschoolers play and explore in the coop classroom. Teacher Karen creates the environment for the children and engages them in rich language to enhance their learning.  She uses routine to create predictability which allows the children to thrive.

Teacher Karen believes that preschool is a place for children of all backgrounds to come together and that play is how they learn best.  In her classroom, children have many opportunities for creative and imaginative play.

In 3-5s, Karen’s goal for the kids is to learn who they are, how to be a part of their community (whatever that is for them), how to advocate for themselves, and working through conflict and dealing with disappointment.  But mostly she wants the kids and parents to have fun learning!

Karen lives with her husband, 2 daughters, and a cat in the Maple Leaf neighborhood and enjoys cooking, exploring new places, and searching for the best Mexican food in Seattle.

Eligibility

To enroll in a three-to-fives class children should be age 3 by the 1st September of the new school year. PreK meets an additional three afternoons a week.

Last updated: June 5th, 2020, 08:38 pm

Loyal Heights 3-5s
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Tuesday – Friday 9:00 am – 11:30 am (3-4s); 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Pre-K)

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None
Contact Info:
Parent Coordinator loyalheightsam@gmail.com
Contact page for registration: Contact Form
 
 

For each day of class, Teacher Marissa prepares the curriculum, sets up the classroom, and supervises the assisting parents. The classroom is organized into distinct areas for: snack, art projects, dramatics, library, fine motor skills, blocks, and circle time. For exercise and gross motor skills, the preschool utilizes the Loyal Heights Community Center playground and the church’s indoor gym. Each class has a parent educator from North Seattle College who participates in the classroom on a weekly basis and teaches at the monthly parent meeting.

Daily Schedule

All children attend the morning session, 9:00am – 11:30am.

4-5 year olds eat lunch together and attend an additional Pre-K session until 1:00pm.

We allow Babes in Arms.

Learn more about Loyal Heights’ unique and engaging co-op program here – loyalheightspreschool.com

Last updated: March 10th, 2020, 05:39 pm

Latona Pre-3s
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None
Contact Info:

For details on the costs, schedule, and openings please contact our Registrar, Cynthia Hagan.

Application Form

For tours and questions, please contact our Parent Coordinator, Latona.Pre3s@latonacooppreschool.org.

Our Schedule:

Our Pre-3 class meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursday. Parents participate in the classroom as teacher’s aides on one day each week, and drop their child off on the other day. Our schedule for each class is as follows:

  • 9:30-10:15 Free Choice
  • 10:15-10:25 Clean Up (with music)
  • 10:25-10:40 Circle Time
  • 10:40-10:55 Snack/Small Groups
  • 10:55-11:20 Outdoor/Gross Motor Play
  • 11:20-11:30 Closing Circle/Farewell

Teacher Apurva Bahukhandi’s Biography and Teaching Philosophy

Teacher Apurva has a PhD in Social Work from the University of Washington, with experience working with children in educational and therapy environments. She has been active with her 2 children as a parent in North Seattle College co-op preschool from 2012 until 2019. Apurva shares her enthusiasm for co-op now as a teacher:
“My introduction to the co-op environment started back in early 2012, when my daughter was 18 months old and as they say, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. Not only did the co-op fit in my educational philosophy, it also helped form a community for me and my family. I’m a firm believer of play-based early learning, while involving and building a ‘safe’ community around our children. In fact the local emergency contacts we list today for kids at school are the co-op parents who we’ve known since 2012.

As I have witnessed with my kids, preschool is a magical journey and one of my passions is to develop the imagination and create memorable rituals, traditions, and celebrations that honor childhood. As a teacher my goal is to provide a safe, comfortable, stimulating, fun, and educational environment with a structured routine based on age appropriate lesson plans. I want children to be active learners and disciplined, creative thinkers; to learn to work hard, make good choices, and be kind. I also believe that children at this age and stage of development are naturally curious and accepting of differences. Being mindful of that, I would incorporate age appropriate ‘we’re different, we’re the same’ philosophy. I want children to love coming to school each day!

I also strive to provide an environment that is consistently secure and inclusive, so children feel comfortable and secure to form emotional attachments. Being in a loving and nurturing environment forms these types of attachments and I believe that emotional engagement is the key to all powerful learning. That is why I bring love, laughter, passion, and meaningful projects into the Latona Pre-3’s program.”

Parent Involvement:

Cooperative preschool is about involvement. Not only do the parents play important roles as assistant teachers one day per week, they also run the school through Board and Committee positions. Parents attend a parent education meeting once a month that is facilitated by a trained Parent Educator. These meetings provide an opportunity to ask questions and to discuss a variety of topics relevant to your child’s development. Through working at school and attending the meetings, parents get to know others in their community and form lasting friendships. We hope you consider joining our school!

Last updated: June 5th, 2020, 08:38 pm

Latona 3-5s
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Monday 9 – 11:45 a.m.
Wednesday 9 – 11:45 a.m.
Friday 9 – 11:45 a.m.

Pre-K program also meets
Tuesdays 12 – 3 p.m.

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None
Contact Info:

For details on the costs, schedule, and openings please contact our Registrar, Cynthia Hagan.
Application Form

For tours and questions, please contact our Parent Coordinator, Latona.3-5s@latonacooppreschool.org.

Children learn and grow as they play: exploring the world around them and finding their place in it. At the Latona Co-operative Pre School we foster a child’s natural curiosity in a spacious, sunlit, play based classroom setting. We are located on the North Seattle College campus in the Northgate neighborhood. The Latona Co-operative Preschool helps facilitate a community of children who are free to WONDER, DISCOVER and EXPERIENCE. Our classroom, with its many windows and high ceilings, gives our kids room to spread their wings and expand their minds. At Latona we cultivate a classroom that honors diversity by providing a warm, inclusive, environment in which children can grow physically, emotionally and creatively. Our play based curriculum allows the innate playful nature of children to be the guide in the process of learning.

Classroom setting is a rich environment that provides many areas for children to learn through free-choice play including Art, Blocks, Sensory, Dramatic Play, Large Motor, and the Library.Highlights :

    • Time is devoted in each class period for music, singing, movement, and stories.
    • We have TWO outdoor play areas

Class Schedule

  • Our main outdoor play area is located in a grassy field perfect for running and obstacle courses. It has a large sandbox, a music pergola, a sound garden, and a climbing structure with room for all.
  • Our covered play area is perfect for rainy days. It has a sandbox, smaller climbing structures, riding toys, and room to run.
    • 3-5 year program: Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:00am-11:45am
    • Pre-K program: Tuesdays from 12:00pm-3:00pm
Discovery 9:00-10:20
Clean up 10:20-10:30
Circle Time 10:30-10:50
Small Group 10:50-11:05
Outside Large Motor 11:05-11:35
Closing Circle 11:35-11:45

Eligibility

To enroll in a three-to-fives class children should be age 3 by the 1st September of the new school year.

Last updated: January 28th, 2020, 11:20 am

Broadview Toddlers
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Thursday 9:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

One of the biggest strengths of the Toddler Class is the wealth of parent education. Parent Education is held each week in the office of the classroom with the parents participating every other week to discuss parenting topics. Toddler parents are also able to truly foster a community with all parents meeting together every week. While Parent Ed takes place with half the parents, the other half of the parent group and Teacher Michelle works with the children in the classroom.

Enrollment and Tuition: 

  • Children who will be at least one year of age by August 31st.
  • For the 2019-2020 School Year (Sep – May), $63 monthly tuition plus quarterly registration of $53.25 with North Seattle Community College.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • To apply, submit a registration form. Enrollment is confirmed when the parent coordinator has received your $40 nonrefundable registration fee.

Parent Participation includes:

  • Parents are expected to remain in class with the child for the entire class time.
  • Attend once-a-month, 2 hour evening meetings for preschool business and parent education.
  • Providing snack for the class per the rotating schedule.
  • All parents will be responsible for holding a board position or participating in a committee.
  • Participating in fundraising activities.

Class Schedule:

Toddlers and their parents meet once-a-week from late September through late May. A typical class schedule follows:

  • 9:15-9:45 Motor play
  • 9:45-10:00 Circle time (group activity)
  • 10:00-10:15 Snack
  • 10:15-11:00 Free Play/ Parent Education
  • 11:00-11:15 Circle time

Last updated: November 5th, 2019, 11:22 am

Broadview Pre-3s
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Friday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

Pre 3s

The Pre-3s Class takes place twice per week, with one drop-off day and parents stay and work in the classroom with Teacher Michelle one day per week. This allows children to begin to develop autonomy, but still allows parents to be an important part of their children’s educational experience.

Enrollment and Tuition:

  • Children who will be at least two years of age by August 31st.
  • For the 2019-2020 School Year (Sep – May), $105 monthly tuition plus quarterly registration of $53.23 with North Seattle Community College.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • To apply, submit a registration form. Enrollment is confirmed when the parent coordinator has received your $40 nonrefundable registration fee.
  • Questions? Please contact Pre3s Parent Coordinator.

Parent Participation Includes:

  • Parents are expected to stay and work in the classroom one day per week.
  • Attend once-a-month, 2 hour evening meetings for preschool business and parent education.
  • Providing snack for the class per the rotating schedule.
  • All parents will be responsible for holding a board position or participating in a committee.
  • Participating in fundraising activities.

Class Schedule:

Classes meet twice-a-week on Tuesday and Friday mornings 9:30 – 11:30 AM from late September through May. A typical class schedule follows:

  • 9:30-10:00 Free play outside (weather permitting)
  • 10:00-10:15 Circle time
  • 10:15-11:15 Choice time (Snack, motor, sensory, art, discovery, or reading)
  • 11:15-11:30 Circle time

Last updated: November 5th, 2019, 11:16 am

Broadview 3-5s & Pre-K
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Monday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thursday 12 – 3 p.m.

Pre-K also meets
Monday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday 12 – 3 p.m.

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

Broadview’s 3-5s Program

The 3-5s Class takes place three times a week, with two drop-off days. This allows children to continue to develop autonomy and begin to prepare for kindergarten. Parents are able to maintain an active role in their children’s education by working once a week with Teacher Erin in the classroom.

Enrollment and Tuition:

  • Children who will be at least three years of age by August 31st.
  • For the 2019-2020 School Year (Sep – May), $200 monthly tuition plus quarterly registration of $53.25 with North Seattle Community College.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • To apply, submit a registration form. Enrollment is confirmed when the parent coordinator has received your $40 nonrefundable registration fee.

Parent Participation Includes:

  • Parents work in the classroom one day per week.
  • Attend once-a-month, 2 hour evening meetings for preschool business and parent education.
  • Providing snack for the class per the rotating schedule.
  • All parents will be responsible for holding a board position or participating in a committee.
  • Participating in fundraising activities.

Class Schedule:

Classes meet on three days from mid-September through May. A typical class schedule follows:

Monday and Wednesday

  • 9:00-10:30 Free Choice
  • 10:30-10:40 Opening Circle
  • 10:40-11:05 Snack and Small Group
  • 11:05-11:35 Outside Play
  • 11:35-12:00 Closing Circle

Thursday

  • 12:00-12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30-12:40 Opening Circle
  • 12:40-2:10 Free Choice
  • 2:10-2:40 Outside Play
  • 2:40-3:00 Closing Circle

Broadview Co-op’s PreK Program

PreK students work on kindergarten readiness including early math, literacy, and social skills. PreK includes attending 3-5s, but PreK adds an extra 5 hours per week including Tuesday afternoons which is PreK kids only in addition to the 3-5s schedule. Registration priority is given to currently enrolled 3-5s families.

Enrollment and Tuition:

  • Children who will be at least four years of age by August 31st.
  • For the 2019-2020 School Year (Sep – May), Combined 3-5s and PreK tuition is about $305 monthly tuition (Sept is prorated and less) plus quarterly registration of $53.25 with North Seattle Community College.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • To apply, submit a registration form and indicate your interest in both 3-5s and preK.
  • Questions? Please contact 3-5s Parent Coordinator.

Class Schedule:

In addition to the 3-5s classes that are three days a week on Monday and Wednesday mornings 9:00 – 12:00 and Thursday afternoons 12:00 – 3:00 PM, PreK classes continue an hour longer on Monday and Wednesday afternoons 1:00 – 1:00 and add another day, Tuesday afternoons 12:00 – 3:00 PM from mid September through May. PreK Parents will rotate to help in the classroom, typically on a monthly basis. A typical class schedule follows:

Monday PreK

  • 12:00-1:00 Free Choice (focus on kindergarten readiness) and Lunch time (packed lunch)

Wednesday PreK

  • 12:00-1:00 Free Choice (focus on kindergarten readiness) and Lunch time (packed lunch)

Tuesday PreK

  • 12:00-12:30 Lunch 
  • 12:30-12:40 Opening Circle
  • 12:40-2:10 Free Choice (focus on kindergarten readiness)
  • 2:10-2:40 Outside Play
  • 2:40-3:00 Closing Circle

Last updated: June 5th, 2020, 08:38 pm