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Darcy Read Memorial Cooperative Preschool

22225 9th Avenue South
Des Moines, WA 98198

(253) 347-6493


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Adults in the classroom encourage children to learn and grow, assist the teacher, and are expected to practice good behavior modeling and positive discipline. Learning is largely play-based with emphasis on social, mental, and academic development. We also stress social consciousness and promote a sense of community for our families, which we believe further enhances our learning environment.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children receive very individualized attention in addition to our group settings. Because of our co-op set-up, teachers really get to know the children AND their families. Knowing families allows our teachers to know the children better and have constant communication with parents. Special needs approaches vary by child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Parents and Children Learning Together"

A Typical Day

Arrival time/Free play
Opening Circle time
Activity/Free play
Large Motor Free Play
Closing Circle Time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Due to our cooperative setting, teacher-caregiver communication is constant and accessible both in the classrooms, via email, and at five annual parent meetings/education sessions. Parent education sessions are designed to promote positive child development and foster a sense of community. We also hold family events throughout the year and open houses. In addition to working one day per week in the classroom, parents run the school. Parents may choose to join the board, serve on a committee, or perform other tasks that benefit the preschool community by arrangement. It is expected that parents will fulfill annual volunteer hours (12 hour requirement per year with one hour satisfied for each meeting attended, which leaves seven hours outside of meetings.)


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation anxiety is dealt with on a case by case basis and the strategy for each child usually results from a collaboration between the caregiver and teacher to best address the child's needs as an individual. We believe it's important to promote self-sufficiency and independence as part of school readiness, and our staff are very willing to work with parents and children to achieve this.