Play. Learn. Grow.

Play-based Preschool Education

For over thirty years we’ve been supporting our students’ play — focusing on their social-emotional learning and preparing them for success as they grow.


University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool - Welcome to preschool chalkboard next to colorful sorting station

Now Enrolling

Join us! We’re accepting applications for our 2021-2022 classes. We’re moving to the North Seattle Campus, so all applications should go through our future partner, Northeast Toddlers Cooperative Preschool!


Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.

O. Fred Donaldson

  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool - Welcome to preschool chalkboard next to colorful sorting station
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Painting with toy trucks - we love messy art!
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Making important calls while driving a pretend car - dramatic play in the 3-5s Class
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Painting flowers with bottles - we love messy art!
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Making tacos in the Pre-3s Class
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Our large Sensory Table is filled with a different material each week
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Using scissors, stamps, cookie cutters, and rolling pins with play dough
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Painting Flower Pots - we love messy art!
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Finger painting - we love messy art!
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Walking outside using a child safety walking rope
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Interpretive carrot art - we love messy art!
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Field trip to Kelsey Creek Farm with the 3-5s Class
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Mixed media heart art - watercolor and crayon
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Playing on our Observation Deck
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Playing with toy cash registers in the Pre-3s Class

Our Classes

– Pre-3s Class –

University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Painting with toy trucks - we love messy art!

The Pre-3s Class is for children who will be two by August 31st. It meets twice weekly, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and will be taught by Teacher Apurva.

– 3-5s Class –

University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Making important calls while driving a pretend car - dramatic play in the 3-5s Class

The 3-5s Class is for children who will be between the ages of three and five by August 31st. It meets three times weekly and will be taught by Teacher Apurva.


Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.

Fred Rodgers

We’re moving!

We’re joining forces with Northeast Toddlers Cooperative Preschool and Latona Cooperative Preschool and moving to their amazing classrooms on the North Seattle College campus. Our new classrooms are only a short drive from our previous location and have some amazing benefits in what they offer in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

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Open Floor Plan Classroom

Just as in our previous classroom, our new classrooms have open floor plans that contain all of our learning centers — including a dramatic play center, art center, library, sensory table, and more — facilitating easy movement between centers during free play time.


Education for Parents, too!

We are part of the North Seattle College Cooperative Preschool Program. Their mission is to provide high-quality, affordable preschool education for children and education and support for parents. Each of our classes has a dedicated Parent Educator who works with their class every week and leads monthly evening parent education classes specifically tailored for their class.


All play is associated with intense thought activity and rapid intellectual growth. The highest form of research is essentially play.

Neville V. Scarfe

University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Testimonial from the Pre-3s Class and 3-5s Class

Wonderful cooperative preschool program where kids and parents play, learn and grow together. Includes parent education through North Seattle community college.

– DP

University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Testimonial from the Pre-3s Class and 3-5s Class

We sent our daughter to U-Ravenna Co-op for 2 years and loved it so much! The teachers there are terrific and it was a great intro into the school setting for our little one. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good co-op in North Seattle!

– SE