Bellevue College’s Parent Education program offers parent-child classes and cooperative preschools in Bellevue, Carnation, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Renton, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, and Online. 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, literacy, math, science, music, physical abilities and social skills. Classes are offered for the full school year (mid-year enrollment is possible as space allows) which encourages teachers, children and parents to develop longer-term relationships than the typical children’s program. Brain research shows that children learn best when they feel safe, happy, and connected.
Most children’s classes are only focused on what the kids are learning. What makes our classes unique is parent involvement and parent education. Parents participate in the classroom (every week with our youngest children and once a month with our oldest kids), so they are involved in their child’s education, seeing first-hand the classroom activities and ways that the teacher engages and guides the children’s learning. Parent education sessions allow parents to connect with other moms, dads, and caregivers, building community, and getting support for the ups and downs of parenting. Sessions are led by skilled college faculty, who are also experienced parents, and who offer evidence-based information balanced with practical tips about all aspects of parenting and child development.