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.


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

Now Enrolling

Join us! Our 2020-2021 3-5s Class has a couple spots still available. Our 2020-2021 Pre-3s Class is full, but we’re still accepting applications for its waiting list. Apply now!


  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool - Welcome to preschool chalkboard next to colorful sorting station
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Pre-3s Class taught by Teacher Christi
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Outdoor playground at Bryant Elementary School
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Playdough in the Home Center
  • 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 : Teacher Christi teaches our Pre-3s Class
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Learning basic math skills using scales and colorful objects
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Playing with toy cash registers in the Pre-3s Class - one open floor plan classroom contains all of our learning centers
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Walking outside using a child safety walking rope
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Reading a story during Circle Time with Teacher Christi in the Pre-3s Class
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Hammering nails into wood - woodworking - teaching practical skills
  • 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 : Making sushi with Teacher Christi in the Pre-3s Class
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Outdoor playground at Bryant Elementary School
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Parent Education taught by Teacher Kristin
  • U-Ravenna Co-op - Off to great places!
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Playing on our Observation Deck

Our Classes

– Pre-3s Class –

University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Teacher Christi teaches our Pre-3s Class

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

– 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 four times weekly and is taught by Teacher Nicole.


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

In the Neighborhood

We are located a few blocks off of Northeast 65th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast, just across the street from Bryant Elementary School and a couple blocks south of Assumption-St. Bridget School. Class is held in the spacious, bright basement of the Ravenna Collaboratory (unaffiliated). We use the playground at Bryant Elementary School (unaffiliated) for outdoor recess.


Open Floor Plan Classroom

One open floor plan classroom contains all of our learning centers — including a home center, dramatic play center, art center, library, sensory table, climbing center, and more — facilitating easy movement between centers during free play time. 


Education and Support for Parents Included

We are part of the North Seattle College Cooperative Preschool Program. Their mission is to provide both a 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 the class every week and leads monthly evening parent education classes specifically tailored for the class. Watch their video to learn more about the benefits of being a part of this program.


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

My child and I went through the entire school – one year in the Pre-3s Class and two years in the 3-5s Class. I really appreciated being a big part of her first educational experience. Being in the classroom every week alongside some amazing Teachers and Parent Educators helped me gain so much insight into how she learns and engages with her peers. As a bonus, we both came out of the school with some great friends!

– AE

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

We are currently in our 6th year at University Ravenna Cooperative Preschool and love the experience we’ve had. We have been lucky to have wonderful teachers, and kind and supportive learning environment for kids AND parents, and have found ourselves with a group of parent-friends that we love and continue to grow with! University Ravenna has allowed our family to be involved in helping our kids develop critical social-emotional skills as they head off to elementary school, as well as learning parenting skills that last beyond the preschool years. I can’t recommend this school and our experience enough.

– BR