What is the Edmonds Co-op Preschool?

Co-op is a shared learning experience for children and their parents/guardians. Our goal is to serve, not only as teachers to the children, but as a support system for the parent members.

By working in the classroom, alongside their children, the parent members are directly involved in the education of their children. Trained parent educators from the college supply additional support. They share their knowledge and suggested techniques during the required monthly parent meetings and are available for one-on-one discussions during class time. The interests, personalities, and experiences of the parents can be used to enhance the curriculum of the class.

Each family is required to have a representative attend the monthly parent meetings to assist with the business of the preschool, vote on preschool issues, be notified of upcoming events, and participate in parent education. During this parent education portion of the meeting important parenting topics are discussed. Members receive the support of their peers and educators while relating individual and shared experiences and challenges.

Parents also participate in the business of the preschool by electing a board comprised of members of all three classes. The board meets monthly to facilitate operations of the preschool and communicate with the college. Both teachers, and three parent educators sit at the meeting to offer suggestions, follow-up, perspective, and guidance. The meeting dates are announced and open to all members of the co-op.

The Teachers

Teacher Patti

2/3’s

“Spending my work days with bright, interesting, busy 2-3 year olds and their parents makes this the best job a person could ask for!”

My first exposure to the co-op model for preschool began in the ‘70’s when I attended a Parent Toddler group with my oldest child. The emphasis on first hand involvement in my child’s education, connecting with other Parents and having the rich resources of my child’s teacher readily available was the perfect fit to my early childhood education expectations. My experience with Co-op continued through all four of my children’s preschool years and when my youngest child graduated from the program, I “changed hats” and became a Co-op teacher at Edmonds Co-op Preschool! The 2014/15 school year will celebrate my twenty-second year teaching with Edmonds Cooperative Preschool!

Play is the work of children! I feel that facilitating that work (play) by allowing a child to work in their chosen area as long as they wish during free choice time, communicates a belief that they are doing what is most important on that day, for their growth and development. Consistency and routine to the preschool day help the child with separation and trust, instilling a sense of sequence to tasks such as hand washing, toileting, selection of snack seating and circle time.

I feel privileged to be a part of this time in a child’s life as they grow and mature from toddlers to preschoolers. My hope and belief is that each individual who participates in our class will have fun, learn new ideas and feel respected regardless of their age!

Teacher Ash

3/4s and 4s/Pre-K classes

“Working with children has always been a passion of mine, and makes for a very rewarding job. To see their faces light up while learning through play brings me so much joy! If I can help to have an impact on their early childhood education and experiences, then my job is complete.”

 

I first found the Edmonds Co-op Preschool by a simple Google search of “teacher positions near me.” After reading through their website and learning more about their teaching styles and goals with children, I instantly wanted to be part of this program as a teacher. Here I am today, working with young children in a Co-op setting, and I couldn’t ask for a better job. By being part of a Co-op, I am able to help guide and teach these kiddos through play, and also build connections with the caregivers and help guide them through the early years of their child’s preschool experience. 

I am currently a college student pursuing a Master’s in mathematics followed by my secondary teaching certifications. When I first started college, I had the goal of working in the medical field, but I could never answer the question of why I wanted to do this. Then everything changed. I got a job at the school as a tutor which led me to start tutoring outside of school for friends and family. While tutoring, I also started to babysit a whole lot more. Through tutoring and babysitting, I discovered a passion I never knew I possessed – working with children, and now, I couldn’t be more happier and fulfilled! 

In my free time, I love to paint, play the piano, go on runs, play volleyball, and spend time with my friends, family, and dog!

Testimonials

Suzette J.

Mom

“Both of my daughters have attended the co-op and I couldn’t be happier with our experience.  It is a great community of amazing teachers and parents!”

Erin G.

Mom

“My son and I have had a wonderful experience at Edmonds Co-op. I can’t wait to come back with my daughter.”

Devon H.

Mom

“Co-op friends are forever friends.”

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