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This program has given support, education, community and fun to my family for the last six years! The teachers have guided us through each child’s developmental stage with resources that have helped us communicate and understand our children’s needs in such practical and loving ways.        -Danielle

Bellevue College’s Parent Education program offers parent-child classes and cooperative preschools in Bellevue, Carnation, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Renton, Sammamish, and Snoqualmie. Classes are designed specifically for each stage of development: babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary up to age nine. Our children’s programs are all play-based and hands-on, which research tells us is the most effective way for young children to learn. Children’s activities provide diverse active learning experiences that support the development of creativity, emotional intelligence, physical agility, social skills, and the foundations for literacy, math, science, and music.

In our region, there are lots of great children’s programs to choose from. What makes our classes unique is parent involvement and parent education. When moms, dads and caregivers participate in the classroom, they are involved in their child’s education, seeing first-hand the classroom activities and ways that the teacher guides the children’s learning. Parent education sessions are led by skilled college faculty who offer evidence-based information balanced with practical tips about all aspects of parenting and child development. In our classes, parents connect, build community, and get support for the ups and downs of parenting.

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