FAQ

Why choose Co-op?

Co-op Preschools…

    • are the best place to learn right along with your child.
    • let parents participate in their child’s education.
    • provide Parent Education opportunities.
    • have a high adult to child ratio, which means lots of helping hands and individual attention for each child.
    • have affordable tuition and a very high quality program.
    • have excellent teachers who regularly update their knowledge and skills at Bates Technical College workshops and seminars.
    • receive lots of support and information from early childhood professionals at Bates Technical College and in the community.
    • have a healthy and safe educational environment for children and their parents.
    • use approved practices within the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
    • recognize that parents are the most important teachers children will have.
    • give parents a chance to celebrate those fleeting first few years with their children and build a great foundation of respect and cooperation.

How is a parent cooperative preschool funded?

Steilacoom Cooperative Preschool is a non-profit organization. The tuition we collect on a monthly basis does not cover all of our expenses. In order to pay our teachers salary, buy school supplies, fund special programs, pay affiliate fees and accreditation fees we supplement with fundraising.

Who runs the preschool?

Parents do! We have a board of directors that gets together once a month to discuss school business and/or vote on important decisions. At a parent cooperative preschool, you the parents have the opportunity to be directly involved in your child’s’ education.

What is the adult/child ratio?

We  have a 1 adult for every 5 children in the classroom in the 3 to 4 year old classes and a 1 adult to every 3 children in the 2 year old class.

What is expected of parents at a cooperative preschool?

In order to keep tuition costs low, parents are expected to volunteer as assistant teachers in the classroom. Typically parents volunteer anywhere from 3-5 times a month, depending on the month and class size. We also require each family to join a committee at the beginning of the school year. This helps us share the workload and accomplish things like laundry, small maintenance projects or helping out the teacher with special projects. Check out our Family Involvement page for more details!

What are the benefits of joining a cooperative preschool?

Being a part of a parent cooperative preschool allows you to be a part of your child’s early education. It is an opportunity for parents to help their children develop a positive attitude about school, to help them develop self-confidence and independence. It gives both parents and children alike an opportunity to make new friends and be an important member of the community.

What does registration as a Bates student mean?

Registration with Bates Technical College means that while parents are enrolled in the program, they earn college credit in a continuing education program. Working in the classroom is considered laboratory hours and attending parent education meetings is the lecture for the program. No other classroom time or visits to the Bates campus in Tacoma are required. You can also access the Bates Resource Center. They have a variety of supplies and equipment for creative activities you can do at home with your children or to help plan for activities at the preschool!

When are your classes? How much do they cost?

Check out Our Classes page for information on class schedule and tuition.

How do I register my child?

There are several ways that you can register!

  • Call (253) 905 – 6009 to request a registration form
  • Download and print the Registration Form. Mail the form along with the registration fee of $60 to:
    • Steilacoom Co-op Preschool PO Box 88804, Steilacoom, WA 98388

Where is Steilacoom Co-op Preschool located?

Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 8601 104th St SW, Lakewood, WA 98498.