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Northpoint Cooperative Preschool

6546 Dash Point Boulevard Northeast
Tacoma, WA 98422

(253) 952-9285


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The general philosophy of the cooperative preschool is that we all learn together - adults and children alike. Guided by two qualified, caring, and endlessly imaginative teachers, Co-op parents create an environment of learning and support for their children.

Our curriculum encourages our children to learn by exploring, imagining, and experiencing. Activities fit their interests and capabilities and encourage physical, intellectual and social-emotional growth.

The cooperative preschool serves parents too. Since parents play a hands-on roll in the co-op classroom, we get to know each other. In addition, parents may attend monthly Parent Education meetings where they discuss subjects related to parenthood and family living. These meetings provide the opportunity for parents to share with and learn from a supportive peer group.

As a cooperative, we work together to operate our school. Parents' basic responsibilities include policy making, fund-raising, facility maintenance, and classroom participation. For children and adults, the cooperative preschool offers a warm and nurturing learning environment - one of enjoyment and individual growth.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

" 9:30-9:45: Welcome- Attendance chart, Job chart (introduced later in the year) and Table toys

· 9:45-10:15: Art/Discovery Centers

· 10:15-10:20: Clean-up

· 10:20-10:30: Music & Movement /Game

· 10:30-10:35: Hand washing

· 10:35-10:45: Snack

· 10:45-10:55: Outdoor/Indoor gross motor

· 10:55-11:00: Hand washing

· 11:00-11:10: Story centers

· 11:10-11:15: Good-bye Sticker circle

· 11:15: Dismissal from circle


· 12:00-12:10: Welcome- Attendance chart, Job chart, Table toys

· 12:10-12:20: Opening Circle. (calendar, weather etc.)

· 12:20-12:50: Art/Discovery centers

· 12:50-12:55: Clean up

· 12:50-1:00: Group Centers

· 1:00-1:10: Music & Movement/ Game

· 1:10-1:15: Hand washing

· 1:15-1:25: Snack

· 1:25-1:35: Outdoor/Indoor gross motor

· 1:35-1:40: Hand washing

· 1:40-1:45: Sharing circle

· 1:45-1:50: Stories

· 1:50-2:00: Good-bye sticker circle

· 2:00: Dismissal from circle

Excerpted from the preschool's 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
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters