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Cedar Cross Cooperative Preschool

1210 132nd Street Southeast
Mill Creek, WA 98012

(425) 338-7845


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Because Cedar Cross has such a low child to adult ratio, we are able to offer individual attention to each child. Our play centers and curriculum is designed to encourage children to learn at their own pace.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Cedar Cross Cooperative Preschool we believe the work of children is play. Play develops independence, creativity, positive self-image and social skills. We strive to provide an environment in which children can learn through age-appropriate activities.
It is our mission to provide a Christian learning environment where the creativity and imagination of all children will be nurtured; to develop a love of learning cultivated through play, exploration, and discovery; and to encourage each child to grow as an individual through group participation.

A Typical Day

2/3 Daily Schedule
9:30- 10:00 Free Choice Play
10:00- 10:20 Circle Time
10:20- 10:40 Large Motor Time
10:40- 11:00 Snack
11:00- 11:45 Dramatic Play, Art, Science & Math Activity Room
11:45 - 12:00 Closing Circle
3- 4 yr olds Daily Schedule
9:30- 9:55 Free Choice Play
9:55- 10:10 Circle Time
10:10 - 10:30 Large Motor Time
10:30 - 10:50 Snack
10:50- 11:50 Dramatic Play, Art, Science & Math Activity Room
11:50- 12:00 Closing Circle with Sharing
Pre-K Schedule
9:30- 10:25 Dramatic Play, Art, Science & Math Activity Room
10:25- 10:35 Circle Time
10:35- 11:05 Snack
11:05- 11:20 Large Motor Time
11:20- 11:50 Circle Time with Sharing 11:50- 12:00 Free Choice Play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Cedar Cross Cooperative Preschool is run by the parents, so all families are very involved with the school and teachers. Parents have open access to the teachers and are encouraged to communicate by phone, email and in person as needed about their child. Parents are also provided education opportunities and parent meetings once every other month.

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
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We work together with the parents to find a solution that works for each family. Parents are welcome to stay in class as long as they need to. They are also welcome to leave and often the children do calm down. In this age of cell phones, we are able to reassure parents that we can call them if their child doesn't calm down. With a teacher and 3 working parents in each classroom, we can provide one-on-one attention where needed and figure out the best way to handle individual problems.