On the surface, our preschool is like any other. We have quality classes taught by amazing teachers. However, beneath the surface, our cooperative preschool has a lot more going on.
Our preschool is fortunate to be supported by the umbrella of the North Seattle College (NSC) and its cooperative preschool program (CPP).
Cooperative Preschool Program
The NSCCPP provides us with important structural elements. Through it we get our insurance, and we also get the support of the dozen or so other cooperative preschools also under its umbrella through its Parent Advisory Council (PAC).
The insurance sets safety standards, like what our minimum adult-to-child ratio should be and how often we should wash our hands. These standards can be found in the Risk Management Manual.
The PAC sets practical standards across the NSCCPP, such as recommending new parental leave policies; provides guidance and training for how to run a preschool; and provides scholarships to ensure preschool is accessible to all.
Parent Education Class
The NSCCPP also provides us with important educational elements. Each class in a NSC cooperative preschool is actually viewed by the college as a parent education class. Our Parent Educators are the class teachers. The monthly evening parent meetings are the class lecture, and the daily preschool classes are the hands-on laboratory. Your attendance in both, whether once-a-month for the parent meeting or once-a-week for your work day in the preschool class, is your participation in the class.
Another educational element comes from the active participation in the management and operation of our preschool. The NSCCPP provides us with some training on best practices for running a cooperative preschool. Being a cooperative preschool is like being any other kind of cooperative — our preschool is owned and run by all of our members, including you! When you take on one of our administrative jobs, you are helping to run our nonprofit corporation. Without your time and dedication to your job, our preschool wouldn’t be successful. Our families are the key to our success.
And, an added bonus, enrolling in our preschool class gives you the benefits of being a NSC student. You can begin taking advantage of the benefits of being a NSC student as soon as you register for the parent education class through NSC. At the beginning of every quarter that you’re enrolled in our preschool, our Parent Educators will send instructions for how to register online. After you register, you can get a NSC student ID card that can be used for discounts in many places student discounts are offered. You can also take advantage of NSC student services.
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