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Madison Park Cooperative Preschool

1900 43rd Avenue E
Seattle, WA 98112

(206) 324-7846


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

MPCP enables children to have a fun school experience while gaining confidence as they build social and academic readiness skills. At the same time, MPCP provides a setting where parents can observe child behavior, discuss parenting concerns and practice new guidance techniques. MPCP believes that successful learning develops positive self-esteem. This requires making choices, gathering information from experience and evaluating outcomes. A safe physical environment is structured to challenge fine and gross motor skills, encourage the development of self-help skills and facilitate experimentation. MPCP offers an atmosphere of trust and openness allowing children to learn to express emotions and use materials in acceptable and creative ways. Behavior is managed by carefully arranging the schedule and the environment as well as through active listening, modeling, and verbal problem-solving. Inappropriate behavior is discouraged through redirection and guidance.

Home-School Connection

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


Handling Separation: From the Director

MPCP is a cooperative experience so parents are welcome in each class.