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Ballard Preschool Co-Op

1501 NW 90th Street
Seattle, WA 98117

(206) 789-2341


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Our Goals: - To create a safe, supportive, and stimulating environment that encourages the social, emotional, physical, and mental development of young children through creative play. - To nurture each child's sense of accomplishment and personal growth. - To encourage families to share their unique talents, interests, and experiences in ways that enhance their child's class as well as the larger preschool community. - To provide opportunities for parents to work closely with teachers and each other to learn about child development and behavior, as well as parenting. - To develop and strengthen skills in group process, mediation, and leadership. - To foster a sense of community, support, and belonging for all those involved in the preschool.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

This mission of the Ballard Preschool Co-Op is to provide a structured cooperative preschool program designed to encourage the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of young children. It is also intended to provide a nucleus of support for participating families.

A Typical Day

Depends on age of the child but generally starts with circle time of appropriate length followed by:
-free play
-gross motor skill free play
-closing circle

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have a staff parent educator who attends class several times per month and leads evening lectures open to all preschool parents. Parents, as they are in class, see activities to do at home such as songs, dancing, games and art activities. Parents, teachers and the parent educator are in touch regarding parent concerns about their children.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Since we are a co-op that has classes from Infant to 3-5s, the earlier classes being with parents and the older classes with parents working once a week, there is flexibility to allow separation to be geared to the child's needs. We encourage parents to stay until the parent and child are ready to be apart. Teachers are happy to work with parents on this.