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Capitol Hill Cooperative Preschool

1200 10th Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98102

Phone:
(206) 324-2944

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The Capitol Hill Cooperative Preschool offers classes centered around a play-based curriculum for children ages 1 - 5. We have been an integral part of the community for 60 years and are committed to nurturing curiosity and compassion in our children and a sense of connectedness for our families.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We have a developmentally appropriate and experience-rich curriculum in which children learn through play.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our classroom and highly skilled teachers afford the opportunity for all our children to develop at their own levels through rich and varied developmentally appropriate activities and materials. We have found that a mixed age classroom affords the opportunity for our younger children to learn from the knowledge of the older ones; and that the older children learn through helping the younger ones.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

CHCP offers a quality preschool at an affordable price in which children learn through play, develop social skills, gain self esteem and independence and learn in a stimulating and fun environment. They develop verbal, cogitive and motor skills under a highly skilled staff.
We offer a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and anti-bias.
Parents improve parenting and leadership skills and share ideas while building community.

A Typical Day

Our children arrive at school for circle time to share ideas and talk about the day ahead. Table activities include art, science, exploration and cooking projects. There is music, reading or story-telling and opportunities for dramatic play and acting out stories. Field trips explore the larger community. In good weather we head for adjacent Volunteer Park.

Teachers and parents in the classroom provide a nurturing, supportive daily environment.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our classroom and highly skilled teachers afford the opportunity for all our children to develop at their own levels through rich and varied developmentally appropriate activities and materials. We have found that a mixed age classroom affords the opportunity for our younger children to learn from the knowledge of the older ones; and that the older children learn through helping the younger ones. Direct parental involvement eases transition to preschool and allows all children to benefit from exposure to different adult personalities and parenting styles.

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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

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

Parents are included in every aspect of our school. They work in the classroom weekly and are welcome to stay at school until their child is comfortable. If there are separation issues, we encourage parents to leave for a short time at first and slowly build up to leaving for the entire class. The children's knowledge that their parent will be in the classroom at least some of the time, diminishes separation difficulties.