Three Day Preschool


TEACHER BIO:  Jena Inghram


Jena has a BA in Human Services from Wester Washington University and twenty years of early childcare experience. Since 1996, she has worked as a nanny, an infant teacher, toddler teacher, preschool teacher, mentor teacher, and director. For ten years she operated a small home-based childcare and preschool program, called Tiny Tribe, in West Seattle. Jena is a trained facilitator of Steven Glenn’s
“Developing Capable Young People” parenting series and Jane Nelson’s
“Positive Discipline”.

Jena is excited to begin her third year teaching at SSC Co-Op and she loves the play-based curriculum, open-ended art, and focus on social and emotional development. She and her husband, Scott, are also the proud parents of two adopted daughters, who are three and eight years old. Jena is also looking forward to experiencing Co-Op this Fall with their toddler, as a parent, as well as a teacher.


3 -year-olds are full of wonder and ready to learn by DOING. Through guided play at preschool they are:
• Developing social skills
• Using language to solve problems
• Practicing self regulation
• Making neural (brain) connections that are the foundation for reading and math

Our class provides a stimulating variety of choices to explore for active, whole body learning. Challenges of learning to wait and negotiate with friends are met with understanding and proactive teaching.

Daily Routine

9:00 Welcome
9:15 Choice Time to Play, Explore, Pretend, Create and Climb
10:15 Put Away Time (we really make good use of toys and materials and we learn to be responsible for their care)
10:20 Circle Time Story or Book (extending our attention span and ability to regulate our bodies and emotions)
10:30 Snack (sharing a healthy snack furnished and prepared by parents according to Health Department standards)
10:45 Music and Movement (singing and using big muscles and sharing space together)
10:55 Closing Circle (coming together to say Good Bye)
11:00 Good Bye


Parents assist in the classroom one day a week.

  • You choose whether your day each week will be either Mon/Tues/Wed morning.
  • Your child attends the other days without you.
  • If you cannot come in due to illness, etc. you ask another parent to trade with you.
  • We teach you ways to interact with the kids using our “positive discipline” philosophy.
  • On a rotating basis, bring healthy snack for the children.

Parents get to:

  • attend a monthly, evening parent meeting to discuss business and parenting topics
  • help with the running of the preschool and fundraising
  • choose a co-op job that fits your interests, skill, and time
  • become friends with other families that are investing in our children’s education


I can use words but sometimes I forget and use my body instead. I am so capable but it’s hard to get me out the door in the morning.
How to facilitate cooperation? How to have happy play dates? Why can’t s/he leave the park when it is time to go? How can I nurture his/ her love of reading?

Parent Education is an important part of our Three Day Preschool

  • A professional Parenting Educator attends class one day each week (alternating Mon/Tues/Wed) ready to check in with you to offer tips that will help at home and at school
  • The class chooses one night a month for Parent Meeting–time to learn about guidance and discipline AND as an adult night out together (example: first Tuesday of each month)
  • To personalize your learning, choose from a list of free talks on topics such as: Guidance & Discipline, Raising Boys/Girls, How To Talk So Kids Will Listen, Sleep, Raising an Only, Making the Most of Temperament Traits

“Who said 3 year olds were easier than 2’s? At co-op I got new ideas….and I saw that my kid wasn’t ‘the only one’.”