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Cooperative Preschools

Leadership Opportunity

Co-op preschools are independent, nonprofit small businesses run by parents. Business decisions of the preschool are made by the Board of Directors, elected by the members of the co-op. Olympic College provides training, advice, and networking for the co-ops. Parents have an opportunity to develop leadership skills and gain experience in the operation of a small business.

Preschool For Your Child

  • How often: 1 to 4 days per week depending upon age of child
  • Hours: Usually 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 hours in the morning or afternoon
  • Cost: Varies from per month depending upon number of days, location, and age of child
  • Prerequisite: Enroll in and attend monthly parent education class; parent must also work in preschool classroom 2 to 4 times per month
  • Locations: Belfair, Bainbridge Island, Kingston, Poulsbo, and Shelton

Parent Education Classes

All parents with children enrolled in the Cooperative preschools must participate in a monthly Parent Education class. While the children do their work of growing and learning, the parents learn and grow through involvement with and observation of the children's classroom, as well as through guided discussion and support in the college classroom.  Parents earn two college credits per quarter for participating in these classes.

Olympic College Cooperative Preschools follow the guidelines established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).