North Seattle Cooperative Preschools

Woodland Park 2s
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Tuesdays 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Fridays 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None
Contact Info:

For information about class openings and tuition costs please contact our Parent Coordinator.

Our Pre-3’s Class

Our co-op provides a safe, loving environment for children to learn and grow. Parents are able to develop knowledge and understanding of children and to share in their group learning experience.

This class is for children 24 to 35 months. The child must be 24 months by August 31 of the current year to enter the class.

The class meets Tuesdays and Fridays 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Parent meetings are one evening per month.

Our activities include free play with art projects, sensory exploration, blocks, manipulatives, books and dramatic play; snack; circle time with stories, finger plays and instruments; and large muscle play, outdoors or indoors.

Our teacher is Tom Hobson.

Last updated: October 10th, 2019, 03:43 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: October 10th, 2019, 07:37 pm

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

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

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None

The Wallingford Pre-3s Class meets Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Children in class must be 2 years old by August 31st of that year.

Children in this program are just beginning to separate from parents and become their own selves and the classroom focus is creating a trusting and caring environment for these young ones. Skill building includes having a schedule and managing transitions, using words instead of the body as a method of interaction, increasing the vocabulary to do so and allowing the time for children to practice the skills they are learning, whether with peers or simply washing their hands. Lots of hugs and songs are included with the joy of play.

Pre-3s Class Schedule:
9:30-10:15 Free Choice Area Play
10:15-10:20 Pick-up
10:20-10:40 Small Group and Snack
10:40-11:05 Outside Play
11:05-11:10 Pick-up and Wash Hands for Circle Time
11:10-11:30 Circle Time and Goodbye Song

Our Teacher – Kerri Brown-Wooster

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. And her reputation for running a smooth and engaging class precede her. 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.

Kerri 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. Her two boys attend John Rogers Elementary, where she is the PTA President. Building a community throughout north Seattle is very important to her and she anticipates that a big part of that community will be through Wallingford Co-op.

Last updated: October 10th, 2019, 03:44 pm

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

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

Status: Full
Waiting List: Short
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: October 10th, 2019, 08:55 pm

Vashon Maury Pre-3s
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

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

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None
Contact Info:

registration@vmcp.org

With Teacher Molly Wilson and Parent Educator Elaine Webster

Fee: $130/Month
Children should be 2 by Aug 31st

This class nurtures your child as they move toward independence and the ability to attend school one day a week on their own.

Learn more at vmcp.org/2-3-class

Last updated: October 10th, 2019, 03:22 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: October 10th, 2019, 03:51 pm

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

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

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None
Contact Info:

For registration information please contact the Parent Coordinator.

Pre-3s are children turning three during the school year (aged 24 to 35 months as of August 31). The children begin to learn more about cooperation in a group as they continue to enjoy circle time, table top activities, block area, sensory experiences, music and art.

Child-lead Transitions from one activity to next are emphasized. Parents attend one session per week with their child.

Our Teacher

Amy Kelsey, or Miss Amy as we call her, started her career as a pre-school teacher at Sandhurst Co-op in 2009 in our pre-3’s class. Starting in the fall of 2015, she took the helm of our Toddlers class as well. Prior to teaching, Amy was involved as a parent in the co-op system for seven years with her two daughters at Olympic Toddlers and University-Ravenna. She has also been a youth soccer coach here in NE Seattle.

Amy believes her primary role as a teacher is to provide a comfortable and creative environment where both children and parents can learn and grow as they separate in a school setting for the first time. Children love learning and exploring under Amy’s guidance, and she loves each minute she spends in class.

Class Details

The Pre-3s class meets on Wednesday and Friday mornings, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuition is $114 per month.

Last updated: October 10th, 2019, 07:54 pm

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: December 6th, 2019, 04:12 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, latonapre3s@gmail.com.

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: October 10th, 2019, 04:00 pm

Crown Hill Explorers: Orcas
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

Monday 9 – 11 a.m.
Wednesday 9 – 11 a.m.

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None
Contact Info:

If you have questions about the school, please contact our All-Site Parent Coordinator.
Application Form

The Orcas class meets on Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 11:00 am.

Pre-3 classes have up to 20 children enrolled and their ages range from 24 to 36 months.

Our preschool is a fun place for you and your toddler to learn and grow. From painting to pretending, taking turns to tower building, each child will have the opportunity to explore many experiences as their minds make new connections about the world around them.

Parents attend one class a week with their child. Children attend both classes each week with the age-appropriate goal of separating from their parent. Board and parent education meetings are held one evening a month throughout the school year (children do not attend these meetings).

If you have questions about the school, would like to be placed on the wait list or apply for next year, please contact our Parent Coordinator.

Our class schedule:
9:00-9:25 Large Motor Play
9:25-9:40 Snack
9:40-10:45 Free Play
10:45-11:00 Circle Time

Last updated: December 11th, 2019, 09:12 pm

Crown Hill Explorers: Bears
Age Group/s:
Schedule:

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

Status: Enrolling
Waiting List: None
Contact Info:

If you have questions about the school, please contact our All-Site Parent Coordinator
Application Form

The Bear class meets on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00 am – 11:00 am.

Pre-3 classes have up to 20 children enrolled and their ages range from 24 to 36 months.

Our preschool is a fun place for you and your toddler to learn and grow. From painting to pretending, taking turns to tower building, each child will have the opportunity to explore many experiences as their minds make new connections about the world around them.

Parents attend one class a week with their child. Children attend both classes each week with the age-appropriate goal of separating from their parent. Board and parent education meetings are held one evening a month throughout the school year (children do not attend these meetings).

If you have questions about the school, would like to be placed on the wait list or apply for next year, please contact our Parent Coordinator.

Our class schedule:
9:00-9:25 Large Motor Play
9:25-9:40 Snack
9:40-10:45 Free Play
10:45-11:00 Circle Time

Last updated: December 11th, 2019, 09:11 pm

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