Back to Gig Harbor Preschools

Gig Harbor Co-op Preschool

PO Box 622
Gig Harbor, WA 98335-0622

(253) 858-6911


1 parent took the survey TAKE THE SURVEY

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Co-op

From the Director:

Our Teachers strive to create a loving, safe environment for our children and our parents.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

More Information

  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Puppets
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

More Information

  • Puzzles
  • Games
Time & space more

More Information

  • Calendars and clocks
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

More Information

  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Manipulative toys
Music more

More Information

  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

More Information

  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

More Information

  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

A cooperative preschool is the best place for you to learn alongside your child. A cooperative preschool is organized and administered by parents who are concerned about providing their children with a quality preschool education. We also like to have fun together both in and out of the classroom.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Families learning together since 1962.

The basic cooperative premise is that parents operate the school. Cooperative Preschool Parents gain the opportunity to particpate in their child's education, learn about child development and parenting techniques and participate in family enrichment events.

Parent Education: Through our affiliation
with Bates Technical College we offer parent
education opportunities throughout the year.

Family Fun: Fun activities, events and even
some grown-up time!

A Typical Day

Self-directed play
Circle time
Dramatic play
Music and movement
Monthly field trips

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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


Separation is Handled through:

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