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Camas-Washougal Parent Cooperative Preschool

1206 Northeast Birch Street
Camas, WA 98607

(360) 834-6244


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Camas-Washougal Parent Co-op is run by an Executive Board, consisting of co-op parents, and by a Parent Board, which is made up of all co-op parents. The entire administration and maintenance of the school, including such responsibilities as hiring teachers, making classroom purchases, recruiting new students, paying bills, filing taxes, fundraising, planning field trips, and cleaning and repairing facilities and equipment, are all done by parents. The teachers are the only paid employees. Because of this, we are able to keep tuition and registration fees low while maintaining the highest teaching standards. For our children to attend school here is a privilege made possible in some part by the tuition we pay, but to a much greater degree by the hard work contributed by the parents. The efforts of our three fantastic educators and the parts played by each family in the preschool come together to maintain our excellent and long-standing reputation in the community.
Our goal is to provide a positive introductory learning experience for two-, three-, and four-year-old children as a preparatory to elementary education. This is accomplished through a cooperative effort between teachers and parents. We offer a flexible program which includes free time to play with age-appropriate toys, arts and crafts, sharing time, music experiences, cooking and eating, nature observation, reading and story time, and field trips.
We help children learn the importance of being a good listener, how to get along with peers and adults, how to be self-organized, and all of the important skills needed for kindergarten. We teach a pre-kindergarten curriculum to classes for four-year-olds. It is theme-based and teaches skills such as writing, cutting, gluing, and following directions, as well as counting and the recognition of letters, numbers, patterns and shapes."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school