- Convenient – There are a variety of locations and schedules
- High Quality – There are excellent teachers, parent education and they are all affiliated with a local Community College
- Inclusive of Parents – Parents are involved in all aspects of running the preschool
- Affordable – Can be greatly less than other options
Shoreline Cooperative Preschool offers a learning environment to children and their parents starting at 18 months up to 5 years. The features we offer are:
1. Play-Based Curriculum. Each class is structured for a specific age group and age appropriate activities and materials. Play based education is based on research showing that young children learn critical early skills – such as social skills, resilience, conflict resolution, delayed gratification, and sharing – through playing. Einstein says “Play is the highest form of research.”
2. Family Involvement. Parents or their designees are co-teachers in the classroom one day a week, helping manage and guide children at the teacher’s direction. Parents also form the Board that makes all school decisions from tuition increases to major school purchases. If this sounds overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be…typically you step into a role that’s established from years of parent participation, with training and documentation passed on by the parent who previously held that role.
3. Parent Education. Parent Education is a significant benefit of co-op preschool. Your teacher is also your trained parent educator who leads short discussions during class every other week. She offers valuable observation and advice to parents along with monthly evening guest speakers.
4. Not just for Stay at Home Parents or Potty Trained Kids. The majority of our parents work part-time or more. Some parents share daytime co-op responsibilities with other family members or a nanny. Kids don’t have to be potty-trained to join our Preschool.
5. Affordable Tuition. We can keep our expenses low because of all the helping hands. Fundraising is a big piece of how we do that and parents are expected to contribute to our one fundraiser; our annual carnival/silent auction, either with their time or a donation.
We ask our Members to:
- Be an assistant teacher 1 day a week per class
- Bring a nutritious snack on a rotating basis
- Attend a monthly evening meeting for parent education
- Assist in Fund-Raising by working at the carnival and sell 30 raffle tickets; either donate an item for your class basket or donate baked goods for the carnival
- Participate on a committee or be on the Board
- Participate in set-up in September and clean-up in May
- Clean the preschool on a rotating basis
Our Preschool is for kids and parents learning together! Researchers have found that one of the key factors to success in a young child’s educational setting is the amount of time they are allotted to play. With many parents involved our environment is very language rich and our positive discipline and supportive community makes for a great combination to have the best preschool experience possible.
Mr. Rogers says, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”