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Co-op Preschools for Puget Sound-Area Families

Online and in-person early childhood programs from local community colleges

Janelle Durham
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Published on: August 30, 2021

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Are you a parent of a baby, toddler or preschooler? Are you looking for:

  • A place where your child can explore toys, do art, hear stories, sing songs and make friends? 
  • A fun activity to do with your child where they learn new skills and you get new ideas?
  • Opportunities to meet other families and build community?
  • Expert advice and research-based information about parenting and child development?
  • Support from professionals and parents for the challenges of life with a little one?

You can find all these great opportunities in one place! Community colleges around Seattle and King County offer Parent Education programs for families with infants up to kids age 5 and beyond. They offer parent-baby classes, parent-toddler classes, cooperative preschools and enrichment classes. Programs provide hands-on, play-based, developmentally appropriate programs that enhance child development in many areas including social-emotional and problem-solving skills. These programs provide research-based parent education on child development and parenting skills. They also have the added bonus of giving parents access to a community of supportive families and staff.

These programs will continue to serve our community this year. Most programs are meeting indoors with strict coronavirus precautions. Some offer outdoor or online options. Here's is a list of what area colleges are planning for the fall. Classes for each school year start in September but it is best to register in spring or summer because they do fill up! Mid-year registration is possible if there is space available.

Editor's note: Please check each program's website for the most up-to-date information regarding offerings. 

Bellevue College

Edmonds Community College

Green River Community College

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

North Seattle College

  • Broadview has merged with Meadowbrook and has classes for toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Capitol Hill has classes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. 
  • Crown Hill has classes for toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Lakewood Co-op has classes for toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Madison Park has classes for toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Magnolia has classes for toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Queen Anne has classes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. 
  • Rainier Valley has classes for toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Sandhurst has classes for toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Vashon Maury has classes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. 
  • Victory Heights has classes for toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Wallingford has classes for toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Wedgwood has classes for toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Woodland Park has classes for toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Latona, Northeast Toddlers and U-Ravenna merged into Northleaf on the NSC campus and cater for ages 3 months to pre-K.

Shoreline Community College

South Seattle College

Infant and Toddler classes are offered on the SSC campus.

Co-ops below offer programs for ages 2–5.

This article was originally published on Good Days With Kids and republished with permission on August 27, 2021. 

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