How to Build Community in Cooperative Preschool

Cooperative preschool is all about building your community through the common bond: our children. Here is a whole community of parents, teachers, and parent educators who know what it is like to raise a young child. We support one another. We give our children the opportunity to grow in a warm and nurturing environment. There are two parts to co-oping and they are inseparable: trusting and being trustworthy. To trust others with our children is an act of faith. To be worthy of the trust other parents place in us is an honor. How do we go about building that trust? How can we help, encourage and support one another in raising our children? How do we build community in co-op preschool?

Here are some suggestions:

  • Get to know each other! Take every opportunity to meet and get to know the other parents. When you go to the class meetings, the social events and meet-ups, the work parties, and to the preschool itself, be open to meeting new people. Resist the Seattle freeze! Smile and say “Good morning” or “Good-bye” to your child’s classmates and parents. Reach out for playdates outside of class time.
  • Offer to help someone. Arrange a meal train for a parent who is having a new baby. If you see another family struggling, offer to help (carpooling to school, watch a child when someone has a doctor’s appointment, etc.). Help the child who is having trouble separating from his or her parent. Guide and mentor families that are new to co-op.  
  • Accept help. When you are stressed out and someone offers help, accept it. You will have an opportunity to repay them another day. If no one offers, do not hesitate to ask. There are many good hearted people here.
  • Be positive! Look for the good, and cheer it on. Everyone here is sensitive, of course, about their children and parenting. Be kind. Keep confidences.
  • Notice how and what other children are doing. Many of us are curious to know just what our children are like when we aren’t there. Share the good things that happened at preschool with the parents at pick up.  
  • Organize. Buddy up with another parent who works on your non-working day. This parent can be your child’s special helper for that day, and you can be their child’s helper on your workday. Spend time with every child in the classroom, learn their names, and play with them. The more people in the class your child trusts, the more secure he or she will feel.
  • Follow through on your commitments. Be reliable. Give grace to those who need it and are struggling in this area.
  • Try something different. Preschool is an opportunity to experiment. We can play different games, in different ways from what your own child would choose. We learn about our child’s friends and about the world of possibilities open to him or her.
  • Look to the future. Preschool years are the beginnings. Encourage your child’s friendships; they can begin at the co-op and last for many years. Maintain your own friendships as well. The parents with whom you co-op will turn up again and again, volunteering, coaching, helping in the community and taking leadership positions in the schools. They are your resource people and your support – your community.

Co-oping is determination, cooperation, and optimism. The community of co-op has helped many families. Yes, it takes time, and effort, and energy. Is it worth is? We think so. We know so.

Open House!

Come see what Broadview Co-op Preschool is all about! We really put the “C” in co-op with an emphasis on our Community. Meet Teacher Michelle, Teacher Angie, and many of our currently enrolled families.

We have classes for:

  • Toddlers, children who are 1 year old by August 31st
  • Pre-3s, children who are 2 years old by August 31st
  • 3 to 5s, children who are 3 years old by August 31st
  • PreK, children who are 4 years old August 31st

Come and play with us!

Preschool is Here! Open Spaces in all of our classes for our 2020-21 school year

Are you ready? For 2019-20 school year, we have openings in all of our classes. Come play with us!

  • Toddlers, children who are 1 year old by August 31st
  • Pre-3s, children who are 2 years old by August 31st
  • 3 to 5s, children who are 3 years old by August 31st
  • PreK, children who are 4 years old August 31st

Registration is easier than ever with our online Registration Form! Learn what is means to truly have community – the co-op way. Come co-op with us!

Coop schedule

Note, in addition to the monthly tuition stated above, parents / caregivers must register quarterly with North Seattle College ($53.25).

Spring Carnival – Sat May 2nd @ 12-3

This is our big annual fundraiser event that includes games, live music, food truck (Layers Sandwich Co), bake sale, and a silent auction and raffle. The fun is geared towards children age 1 – 8, but all of our community of any age are welcome.

Since our event falls near May the 4th (also known as Star Wars Day), we are bringing the Star Wars with:

  • Star Wars Selfie Wall
  • Droid Building Craft
  • Dress in your favorite Star Wars tees, costume, or cosplay (please no masks or Darth Mauls as they may be scary for our tiny humans)

Proceeds from this event go directly to our scholarship fund to help low income families who attend our much loved co-op.

What should I bring?

  • Cash to participate in the festivities (Food truck will accept debit/credit cards)
  • Your festival gear, such as blankets to picnic on our grassy lawn, camping chairs, resuable water bottles
  • Dress for the weather our event will be outside
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Pint Night at Flying Bike Co-op Brewery

It’s my favorite way to raise funds – drinking beer at one of my favorite local breweries. Please join us by raising your glass and helping out our much loved Broadview Cooperative Preschool.

Sunday February 28th @ 3 – 6 PM
Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery
8570 Greenwood Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103
You may RSVP through our Facebook Event.

  • We will provide cheese pizzas and fruit to keep our preschool age kids happy (donations appreciated)
  • If you didn’t know it already, Flying Bike has a fantastic kid area. Dang it my secret is out.
  • Food may also be procured from local restaurants or you can bring in your own.

Come out and support us!

Pint Night

 

Open House! Rescheduled

Come see what Broadview Co-op Preschool is all about! We really put the “C” in co-op with an emphasis on our Community. Meet Teacher Michelle, Teacher Erin, and many of our currently enrolled families.

We have classes for:

  • Toddlers, children who are 1 year old by August 31st
  • Pre-3s, children who are 2 years old by August 31st
  • 3 to 5s, children who are 3 years old by August 31st
  • PreK, children who are 4 years old August 31st

Come and play with us!

RS Open House

New PreK Only Option!

We are pleased to announce we have a new PreK only option for the 2018-2019 school year. One-day-a-week (Tuesdays 12:00 – 2:30pm). Do you want to add a classroom day to your 4 or 5 year old’s week? This is an excellent, affordable option. Broadview Co-op’s Teacher Erin has Pre-K students work on kindergarten readiness including early math, literacy, and social skills.

PreK only tuition is 7 monthly payments of $83.00 plus quarterly registration of $53.25 with North Seattle Community College.

Enroll today!

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Welcome Teacher Michelle!

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Please join us in giving a warm welcome to our new Teacher for our Toddlers and Pre3 classes! Michelle Seligman is an experienced teacher with a background in arts education and yoga. And, as a bonus, she is a veteran co-op mom. I can’t wait to see the energy see will bring to these classes.

All of our classes are currently enrolling new students. Get in touch with parent coordinators to learn more about how to join our community.