For: Children who are 3-5-years-old by August 31.
Research clearly indicates meaningful parent involvement in schools is one of the most powerful predictors of high student achievement and healthy development. During the early years, there is no better way to begin this involvement than by joining the Cooperative Preschool Program. The child’s preschool teacher, a Bellevue College Parent Educator, and you, the parent, form a triangle of support for your child’s learning.
What your child will experience:
Preschool days are full of learning and exploration. Our programs are very hands-on, play-based and experiential, because that’s how children learn. Children are guided by a trained, experienced teacher, with the parents assisting. Activities include music, story time, art experiences, building, pretend play, social skill building through shared play, playground time or physical activities, and field trips.
What you will experience:
In our classes, both parents and children learn by doing.
When parents work with kids in the classroom, they develop a better understanding of their own children and other children: what’s developmentally appropriate, how temperament affects each child, and how social interactions between children play out. The children’s teacher guides parents in age appropriate activities, and ways to support children’s learning. Parents are encouraged to continue to develop concepts and experiences with their own children at home.
Parents also attend monthly parent education classes. They are typically held in the evening, in conjunction with the monthly business meeting for the coop. They include lectures, videos, and discussion groups on topics such as:
- Developmental milestones
- Children’s emotions
- Sibling rivalry
- Family communication
- Early learning, literacy, and school readiness
How it works:
In a cooperative preschool, parents play an essential role in the school’s success. Your responsibilities as a parent vary a little from school to school but in general are:
- Periodically helping in the classroom (typically: twice a month for three year old classes, 2 – 3 times a month for four year olds)
- Providing snacks a few times per year and helping with periodic cleanings
- Attending mandatory monthly meetings and participating in the business of the non-profit Cooperative Preschool
- Taking on an administrative job: serving on the board, taking pictures, making play-dough, etc.
The best part of a coop preschool experience is having your child clearly receive this message: “My school is so important, my parents give it the most precious commodity they have – their time and attention.”
Bellevue (Crossroads, Eastgate, Overlake), Carnation, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Renton (Sunrise and Sunset), Sammamish (Pine Lake), Snoqualmie (Alpine Coop). Each coop is an independent program. Click on the class name below to see their address and to find a link to their website to learn more about the details of that program.
Classes are for parents with three, four or five year olds. Some classes are mixed ages (multi-age classes). Generally, your child must reach the minimum age for the class by August 31, prior to beginning class.
Learning more about a specific class:
Check out each school’s individual website. To find links to websites, click on the location name in the chart below, then click on the link you’ll see in the blue box.
Contact individual registrars (listed below) for observation times, registration dates, costs, or other specific information not available on their website.
How to Register:
Registration policies vary greatly between the co-op preschool classes. Each individual co-op Board sets tuition. Call the Registrar listed for the co-op class of your choice to register.
If you find that the co-op Registrar is unavailable (think “out of town,” maybe), please contact Wendy, the Registrar for our one-day-a-week classes, for interim assistance.
Cooperative Preschools Class Schedule for 2015-16
|Co-Op Location||Item#||Age||Day & Time||Registrar||Cost|
|Mercer Island Learning Lab||7046||3's||T,Th |
|Mercer Island Learning Lab||7056||4's||M,W,F |
|Mercer Island Learning Lab||7059||Explore More|
4 3/4 - 6's
|Bellevue - Overlake||7051||3's and 4's||T,W (3's and 4's)|
Th (4's only)
|BC Crossroads Preschool|
|7042||3's to 5's||M,T,F|
(Register for 2 or 3 days)
|Eastgate Co-Op |
|7048||3's and 4's||W,Th (3's and 4's)|
F (4's only)
|7047||3's to 5's||M,T,W (3's and 4's)|
Th (4's and 5's only)
(Register for 2, 3, or 4 days)
|7057||3's (age 3 by 8/31/15)|
Pre-K (age 4 by 8/31/15)
|Issaquah Co-Op||7050||4's||T 12:30-3:00p|
|Pine Lake Co-Op|
|7044||3's (3 by 8/31/15)||T,Th|
|Pine Lake Co-Op|
|7055||4's (4 by 12/31/15)||M,W,F|
|Pine Lake Co-Op|
|7054||Pre-K (4 by 8/31/15)||M,T,Th,F|
|Pine Lake Art & Science Enrichment Lab|
|7045||3 1/2 - 5 years old by start of session||W 12:30-2:45p||Debbie|
|7053||2 - 3 1/2 year olds|
3 - 5 year olds
|T, Th (2's & younger 3's)|
M, W (3's to 5's)
Th (4's & 5's only)
|7049||3's to 5's||T (3's only) 9:30-11:45a|
T (4's only) 12:15-2:30p
W (4's only) 9:30a-12:00p
Th (3's and 4's)
Please note that class times, days, locations and tuition are subject to change.