The 3-5s Class is for children who will be between the ages of three and five by August 31st. The class meets four times weekly and is taught by Teacher Nicole.
Our class goes on field trips. We’ve visited Kelsey Creek Farm, the Burke Museum, Husky Stadium, Fire Station 38, and more.
Our class uses the Second Step Early Learning curriculum to support the social-emotional growth of each child during the formative preschool years.
Our class has a Pre-K “Extended Day” program. One day a week, starting in January, our older students stay in class for an extra hour and a half, get individualized lessons tailored to their abilities, and practice their kindergarten-readiness skills.
During the 2020-2021 school year, our school days include the following options:
- Virtual Circle Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:15 am – 10:00 am
- Virtual Social-Emotional Learning Time: Tuesday from 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
- In-Person Outdoor Time:Thursday from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
In a typical year, the class meets four times weekly. Three of the classes are morning sessions, and one is an afternoon session:
- Monday — 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Tuesday — 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
- Wednesday — 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Thursday — 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Our schedule is:
- Outside time on the playground
- Snack time
- Morning circle time featuring the social-emotional lesson of the week, stories, and more
- Free play time at the various centers in the classroom, including art, science, gross motor, fine motor, kitchen, library, dramatic play, and sensory table
- Activities in small groups led by parents
- Closing circle time featuring songs accompanied by a guitar, music and movement, and more
Teacher Nicole is excited to be teaching the University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool’s 3-5s Class. With a background in music, she has previously worked in various Northeast Seattle preschools for nearly 8 years bringing music and storytelling to many young students.
She believes preschool should be a fun, engaging environment where children are encouraged to play while learning to cooperate with others and cultivate their independence. Through collaboration with parents, she hopes to instill a lifelong love of learning.
When not teaching, Teacher Nicole can be spotted in and around the neighborhood running with friends, taking neighborhood walks with her husband, two children and their dog, carpooling those same children to various activities, or possibly sitting on her front porch, singing.
Parent Educator Kristin Church
Kristin Church is the parent educator for the 3-5s Class. She has 20 years of experience in the early childhood field, specializing in early childhood Special Education.
For 11 years before becoming a parent educator, she coordinated classroom accommodations for children with disabilities and supported outreach parent groups to underserved populations with a local Head Start in Seattle.
She shares her home with her husband, three kids, and two look-alike cats. She is a potter, a Barre fitness instructor, and, recently, an avid runner. Other hobbies include home construction projects and working outside in the yard.
Class is held in a spacious, bright open floor plan classroom that contains all of our learning centers — including a home center, sensory table, large muscle equipment, art, library, and more — facilitating easy movement between centers during free play time. We use the playground at Bryant Elementary School for outdoor recess.
Parents work in the classroom once a week, assisting Teacher Nicole in an assigned role. Parents also attend monthly evening parent education classes led by Kristin Church. And, parents hold volunteer administration jobs to keep the preschool running smoothly behind the scenes. Jobs include Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, Parent Coordinator, Scheduler, Photographer, and more.
Our preschool allows babes-in-arms. Newborn infants up to one year of age can attend class for their older sibling with their enrolled caregiver as long as they can remain in a carrier or wrap.
Tuition for the 2020-2021 school year is $235 per month. Scholarships are available. In addition, the North Seattle College parent education tuition is approximately $54 per quarter.
Families are also asked to help raise $140 over the course of the year through our fundraisers. Our major fundraiser of the year is the Annual Wreath Sale.
Do you have other questions about how our preschool works? Or, how our 3-5s Class differs from our Pre-3s Class? If so, check out our frequently asked questions page.
For more information about enrollment, please visit the Prospective Families page.
Apply online to join our 3-5s Class!