About

Just blocks from Alki Beach and down the hill from The Junction , we exemplify the best of the West Side. Alki kids get to do the messy, creative, intriguing things that stimulate their curiosities and fire up their growing brains!

About Alki Cooperative Preschool

The Alki Co-op Preschool curriculum is play based. We believe that a child’s play is his work and that learning happens best when children use their bodies, their senses, their hearts, and their minds to discover their world. Facilitated play lays the foundation for architecture of the brain that will support academic success.

Through play in small and large groups children encounter real social situations and learn to regulate their emotions and solve problems. In imaginative play children put themselves in a variety of settings where they can experiment with new behaviors, learn to collaborate with each other, and negotiate conflict.

Our curriculum is aligned with WaKIDS   Washington State Kindergarten Entrance Guidelines and supports: family connection, whole child assessment for individualized learning, supporting smooth transition into Kindergarten

Parent Involvement

  • Parents assist in the classroom one day a week.
  • You choose what day of the week you can work in the classroom.
  • Your child attends the other days without you.
  • We teach you ways to interact with the kids using our “positive discipline” philosophy.

Parents will also:

  • 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

Parent Education Curriculum 

The Parent Education Program is an integral part of Co-op membership. All of our instructors are skilled in the Adlerian Positive Discipline guidance philosophy that encourages parents to be both kind and firm, to take into account what each child brings to the world, to use tools that are effective for the long term, to raise children who are capable contributors to home, school and the larger community.

Parents also have the opportunity to attend quarterly parent education classes which vary throughout the year.

Affiliation

Alki Co-op Preschool is one of five preschools in West Seattle that are affiliated with South Seattle College. The college provides professional parent educators to each class to provide support and education to parents, ongoing training and support for classroom teachers, and consultation to the Board around running the preschool. Each preschool class is represented at a Parent Advisory Council that offers scholarships, handles registration, assists with marketing.

For more information visit  www.WestSeattlePreschools.org