Back to Seattle Preschools

Rainier Valley Cooperative Preschool

3818 S Angeline Street
Seattle, WA 98118

(206) 723-1555


4 parents took the survey TAKE THE SURVEY

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Co-op

From the Director:

RVCP Goals * To encourage within each child a feeling of confidence in his/her own ability, strength and lovableness. * To encourage an inquiring attitude towards the world. * To encourage empathy and awareness of feelings - ones' own and others'. * To encourage creativity. * To encourage both interaction with other children in the group and participation in entire group activities. * To foster in each child the ability to learn for oneself, in each child's unique way. * To learn to share with other parents - experiences, problems and solutions. * To educate ourselves to assist our children's growth. * To support efforts which promote and celebrate diversity in our community of families. * To support each other as parents and to foster a sense of community. (from website)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

RVCP Philosophy

* To offer a wide range of experiences and activities that are developmentally appropriate for young children.
* To encourage learning through experimentation.
* To enable each child to freely choose his/her activities from what is available.
* To involve all parents/caregivers in maintaining the preschool and working as assistant teachers in the classroom.

Co-op preschool can be a wonderful experience for your child and for you. We are a welcoming community of families, and
we're very proud of our teacher, our children and our marvelous preschool. When parents are engaged in their child's learning,
the experience is more rewarding for both child and parents.

Our preschool is a parent run cooperative, and its success depends on everyone doing his or her part. In addition to working in
the classroom on a regular basis, our parents manage and operate the school. Each family:

* assists in the classroom on a regular basis
* holds a job/position (everything from art supply manager to web resources manager)
* attends monthly parent meetings.
* participates in fundraising.
* participates in cleaning and maintenance.

We believe that the rewards of participating in our co-op are many:

* Parental involvement creates confidence in kids and parents.
* Our families are part of a wonderful, supportive community invested in and committed to the success of each child as well as the overall success of the organization.
* Participation in monthly meetings facilitated by a Parent Educator from SCCC are a useful source of age/stage specific information and advice.

(from website)

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