3-5s Class

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.

University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Field trip to Kelsey Creek Farm with the 3-5s Class

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.

  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Making important calls while driving a pretend car - dramatic play in the 3-5s 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 : Walking outside using a child safety walking rope
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Interpretive carrot art - we love messy art!
  • University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Outdoor playground at Bryant Elementary School
  • U-Ravenna Co-op - Off to great places!

Class Schedule

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

To learn how our class schedule has changed due to the pandemic, please see this post and contact our 3-5s Class Parent Coordinator for up-to-date information.

Teacher Nicole

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

University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Parent Education taught by Teacher Kristin

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.

Parent Involvement

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.


University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Playing with toy cash registers in the Pre-3s Class

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.

University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Our major fundraiser of the year is the Annual Wreath Sale

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.


University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Using scissors, stamps, cookie cutters, and rolling pins with play dough

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.


University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Playing on our Observation Deck

For more information about enrollment, please visit the Prospective Families page.

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

Apply online to join our 3-5s Class!