Teacher Charlotte is on her 19th year of teaching preschool, and continues to have a fun and explorative environment for the littles to learn. Pictured below they are exploring our wonderful Seattle fall with pumpkins just the right size for their young fingers. Thank you Teacher Charlotte for your continued service and wonderful classroom!
Teacher Erin is starting this Fall off with a fun exploration of nature! Our Pre-K class (children who are 4 by August 31st) have a Tuesday afternoon class where they get the chance to participate in activities a little more advanced than the regular 3-5 year old class. Here, they are learning about the natural sciences, and will be studying this tree and all its changes throughout the school year! We are so lucky to have Teacher Erin, as you can see from the joy on the kid’s faces!
Erin has a passion for co-op because of the supportive community that it provides kids and families. She is an experienced and certified teacher and comes to us with many years as a co-op parent herself. Erin is great with kids and has many strengths that she’s eager to share with our co-op community, starting September 2015.
Erin has a Bachelor of Science degree from UW in Urban Forestry (with a specialty in Environmental Education) and a Masters in Teaching from UW. She’s a WA State certified teacher with endorsements in Elementary Education and Special Education. Erin taught 1st and 2nd grades in Highline School District, has worked closely with Kindergarten classes, and has experience working with ELL and students with Special Needs. Erin’s also been a Lead Naturalist through Seattle Parks where she taught Environmental Education to Preschool-Grade 5 kids.
Erin went to co-op preschool herself as a kid and, more recently, has 6 years experience accompanying her two daughters through North Seattle College Co-ops, (including Broadview 3-5 with her younger daughter).
Erin believes that “Teaching is creating experiences for students to construct meaning.” Erin loves helping kids learn through discovery. She provides opportunities for kids to explore, create, discover and reason. She creates explorations in literacy, math, science, art, gross motor and more. Play provides the learning that preschoolers need to discover their world and learn to interact in a social setting. These experiences help kids construct meaning and gain the skills they need in preschool and beyond.
Erin lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, walks with friends, riding bikes, gardening, sewing and reading. She is thrilled to be working with the families at Broadview Co-op Preschool.
We have spots available this Fall for our 2015-2016 NSC cooperative preschool in our Toddler and Pre 3 classes at Broadview!
Toddler Class meets Thursday 9:15-11:15 (Child is age 1 by August 31)
Pre 3 Class meets Tuesday and Friday 9:30-11:30 (Child is age 2 by August 31)
At Broadview, you will participate in your child’s education and development under the guidance and care of a trained teacher as well as a parent educator from North Seattle College. The co-op is owned and run through the parents, and you will have a voice in the policy and procedures of your school. Parents will work one day a week in the class, and attend monthly education sessions with the parent educator. This monthly meeting is what parents value most, year after year. It provides an excellent resource for community and education.
Teacher Charlotte has over 18 years experience providing a nurturing, healthy environment for children and parents to grow and learn through play based, experiential learning. Our program focuses on helping children (and parents) develop independence and foster self esteem.
Our location provides an excellent outdoor play area for exploration and movement. If you are interested please check us out online or contact one of our parent coordinators! We would love to have you join our community!
11051 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
(located in the Grace Lutheran Church, not affiliated with the Church)
Hope to see you, and contact us if you have any questions!
We hosted our Second Spring Carnival Friday, May 15th and what a beautiful day! The sun was shining and over 150 community members were able to attend. Proceeds from this carnival go to scholarships for families in need to help children attend early childhood education. We are thrilled to announce we raised over $700 for our scholarship fund! We want to thank our sponsors whose generosity built the foundation for our fabulous carnival. Thank you to All the Best Pet Care, Bartell Drugs, Central Market, Childish Things, Gymboree, Imagine Children’s Museum, Kennelly Keys, Salon Escada, Starbucks, Top Ten Toys, Tracie Howe Photography, Woodland Park Zoo, and The Seattle Biscuit Company for supporting Broadview Co-Op. The Broadview community helped organize, staff and plan the carnival. A heartfelt thank you to Kim Alessi, Shannon Brugh, Shaina Carpenter, Domin Chan, Ashley and Reeves Clippard, David and Hilary Coffey, Yvonne Devoy, Vanessa Erickson, Dave Feldman, Megan Hendricksen, Christina Kubik, Dayna Lee, Kim and Peter Mitchell, Jake and Joie Pedersen, Brittany Pierce, Zarah Rice, Kerstin Rogers, Jason Garfield, Amber Sawicki, Christina Showalter, and Sam Thompson. Thank you also to our wonderful teachers, Charlotte Wallstrom, Ricci Kilmer and Erin Knapton for their help and participation. Finally, a special heartfelt thank you to our carnival planning committee: Myrvie Fuentes, Jenny Bendig, Melinda Bullaro and Leah Valleroy for organizing this fun family event. As you can see from the photos, our kids really enjoyed themselves! We hope you can all join us next year!
The 3-5’s Broadview Co-Op Preschool class had a wonderful year! We thoroughly enjoyed our Teacher Ricci, our Parent Educator Jean, and our wonderful community of families. Life long memories and friendships were built, and here are a few photos to share.
The class explored Carkeek Park, the beach waterfront near low tide. It was a pretty awesome hands on adventure, giving children the chance to learn through all their senses. We are so lucky to be able to take advantage of nearby wild life. The rocks provided new and exciting experiences for both kids and adults alike.
The very last day, a few of our students collaborated to build a very detailed Zoo. They worked together and really enjoyed the experience of creation and working as a team. They included a pond for the hippos, a desert for the camels, and a nap area for the giraffes too, incase they were sleepy. It was truly inspiring to watch them group animal families together, and provide for the animals specific needs. It was a wonderful way to end our truly awesome year at Broadview Co-Op!
You can always see more on our facebook page. If you have any interest in joining our co-op for next year, we have many openings in the Toddler and Pre-3s programs! Don’t hesitate to contact our parent coordinators Liz (Toddlers 1-2 years) firstname.lastname@example.org or Eileen (Pre3s 2-3 years) email@example.com.
Check out the wonderful year we had in our Pre 3 Class with Teacher Charlotte! There is still space in this class for children aged 2 by August 31st, so if you are looking for an awesome co-op contact our Pre 3 parent coordinator Eileen Feldman firstname.lastname@example.org!
Here is a super fun video made by parent Zarah, enjoy!
We hope you can join us for today’s Open House! We are at the school from 10am-12pm, where you can speak with our teachers Ricci and Charlotte and current families to learn more.
One of the great things about joining a co-op preschool is the parent education. As you participate in class, you will also meet with a trained parent educator once a month. The parent education is fantastic, and covers topics appropriate for not just the current events within the children’s class, but also skills your children (and you as a parent!) can use and learn to improve family function. Each class has it’s own parent educator who will attend preschool to get to know the students (your children) and be available for questions you may have both about school or about parenting in general. Parents find them a great resource for everything from cooperation, potty training, sleep issues and more. A fantastic reason to love co-op!
Our Parent Educators for Toddlers and Pre3s:
Emily Bradley has been working with North Seattle College in Parent Education for the past two years. Emily has a background in Developmental Psychology and Parent Education. Formerly, she worked in the greater Southern California area for Kaiser Permanent doing workshops for parents and little ones around a variety of health related issues. Emily also worked as a Cognitive Behavioral Training Specialist, helping families of children with special needs in the North Seattle area. She believes in supporting parents and caregivers on their individual journeys and helping build community and common ground between families as we all work to raise our children in this modern village. Emily is the mama of three and a half year old twin boys.
Mika McAfee has been working with families and children in a variety of settings for over 20 years. Prior to becoming a Parent Educator, Mika worked as a School Counselor and Mental Health Specialist in Seattle, Edmonds and Everett schools. While participating in cooperative preschools with her own children, she was recruited as an Instructor and has been working with parents ever since. She has an M.A.Ed. in Counseling and received additional training in Child/Human Development, Narrative Therapy and Restorative Family Conferencing. Her educational and work experience is complemented by her role as mother of three and stepmother of one. In her spare time Mika enjoys reading, exploring the outdoors, music and travelling with her family.
Join Us at Broadview Co-op Preschool’s Open House!
Broadview Co-op Preschool is hosting an Open House for families with children 1 to 5 years old. We’ll have fun and engaging activities for children and their families. Refreshments will be served.
Saturday, January 31st, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Teachers Charlotte Wallstrom and Ricci Kilmer will be on hand to lead activities, answer questions, and tour families around our classroom. It’s also a great chance to meet current co-op families and learn about their experiences, too.
A Cooperative Preschool, or Co-op, provides quality, early childhood education and parent support for families with children from infancy to Pre-Kindergarten.
Co-ops offer a community of support and education for children and their families. They differ from traditional preschools in that they’re lead by an experienced preschool teacher in conjunction with parents, and in partnership with certified Parent Educators from North Seattle College.
Broadview Co-op Preschool offers engaging early learning opportunities, accredited parent education, and family support for families in Broadview and beyond.
For more information about the Broadview Co-op Preschool, please visit our website at: http://coops.northseattle.edu/coops/broadview/broadview.html
Grace Lutheran Church
11051 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98133
(Located at the southeast corner of Greenwood Ave. N. and N. 112th St.)
The start of the school year quickly fades from summer to fall, and at Broadview we are enjoying the change in season. We don’t let a little rain get in our way of playing outdoors.
Stories and classroom play focus on the natural world around us, and involve children in learning through story and song.
Teachers Charlotte and Teacher Ricci do their best in all three classes to let discovery and learning happen organically. Below in the 3-5’s group students are learning from flowers picked and brought indoors from Teacher Ricci’s own yard.
We will be celebrating our wonderful preschool at the Fall Harvest Social. All families of students are invited to attend. Come celebrate the season at Broadview Co-Op Preschool.