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Wallingford Cooperative Preschool

5019 Keystone Place N
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 545-9110


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Co-op

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teacher and parent educator work appropriately meeting children where they are at. Every child is welcomed and supported in whatever developmental stage he or she is in.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We offer a developmentally appropriate program, which features construction, imagination, art, discovery, cooking, snack, large and small motor skills, science experiments and language development. Learning problem solving skills is an important part of our program. We have class meetings where we address concerns. Parents are encouraged to share their interests and ethnic heritage with the children.

Parents are also supported in their role as assistant teachers with a goal of creating a loving and trusting community where children feel safe and confident to explore their growing social world. Being a social person is the work of the three year old as they work to enhance vocabulary, use their words, and enter play with another child.

A Typical Day

Arrival:Teacher greets the children and parents. Children put away his or her coat and wash hands.

Meeting: Children and parents come to the circle and find a place to sit. Teacher will lead all in songs and discuss the projects for the day.

Free Play: Children are free to explore all areas.

Small Group: Kids wash their hands and gather at their assigned small group tables. Parents lead a
small group activity which is followed by snack.

Outside play: Parents are stationed at specific points on the play ground.

Closing Circle: Children will return to the circle and take a seat. The Teacher will lead children in a
variety of activities, songs and stories then sing the Good-Bye Song.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year