SCP has been run by local parents for over 30 years in Snohomish, WA.
What makes a cooperative preschool different from other preschools?
- Co-op preschools are parent-run, non-profit organizations.
- Parents are in the classroom once per week working as teacher assistants. Studies show that parent involvement in education is the factor most highly correlated with children‘s school success.
- Parents are students too. A parent education course is incorporated into each monthly member meeting.
- While working together to run the preschool, parents create friendships that help sustain and support them through the joys and challenges of parenting preschoolers. See all member responsibilities.
- High adult-to-child ratios allow for more child-directed learning, more opportunities to interact with each child and increased supervision.
- Children do not need to be potty-trained at co-op preschool.
The Family Life Education Department at EdCC partners with many of the local co-op preschools. Family Life instructors mentor teachers, teach parent education courses and help with the administrative runnings of the preschool.
SCP members are students of EdCC. The benefits of this partnership are:
- Members earn college credits.
- Family Life instructors are in the classroom once per week showing parents best practices for working with children.
- During monthly parent education classes, members learn new parenting skills, discuss early childhood education topics, and share parenting challenges, goals and successes.
- Members are able to reach out to their Family Life instructor for help with parenting challenges.
- Members are eligible for an EdPass, student ID#, and student email which they can use for student discounts.
“It’s amazing that the decision of where to send our kids to preschool had such a profound impact on my life and the direction it’s taking. But it did. It might take a village to raise a child but I had spent the better part of three years wondering where the heck my village was. I found it in Snohomish, in a basement classroom. I found it in the women who continuously supported and lifted each other up and allowed themselves to also be lifted.”Kara K., May 2018