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About the Coop

Our Mission

To provide a safe and creative environment that fosters our children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth, and instills in our children a respect for self, respect for others, and a joy for learning.

Our Philosophy

Our Co-op was organized in 1972 as an alternative to the established for-profit early childcare and preschool programs available at the time. We started as a group of parents who understood that young children learn naturally in an environment offering a choice of activities created with children’s needs in mind. We offer a quality, independent program that includes free play, games, self-help, social skills, creative expression, and field trips.

Our Team

We have creative, talented, nurturing staff who are committed to working with children and their families.

 

In the classrooms, our staff consists of one lead teacher and two assistant teachers. All leads must have a minimum of three years teaching experience and must be working towards their Early Childhood Degree or Child Development Associates Credential.

 

Our Executive Director and Program Supervisor make up the administrative team.

We value our extraordinary staff. We are committed to offering a living wage; medical, dental, and vision benefits; and a generous sick and vacation time package.

Our Facilities

Our Classrooms

Girl on playground slide

Moon/Comet Room

Ages 3 to 5 years
8 to 1 child to teacher ratio

Child playing with drum

Star Room

Ages 2 to 3.5 years
6 to 1 child to teacher ratio.

Toddler in swing

Sun Room

Ages 1 to 2.5 years
5 to 1 child to teacher ratio

Our Other Activity Areas

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Outdoor Play

Our large outdoor play area provides shaded as well as sunny play space with a slide, bikes and cars, water/sand table, sandbox, and playhouse. Outdoor time, something each room has daily, is one of the best parts of the day.

The University District

We are fortunate to be centrally located in the University district, which gives us access to the campus and surrounding facilities. We are near Metro bus lines and are located just a few blocks east of I-5. Cowen and University (“Gorilla”) parks are frequent destinations for walks when weather and ratios permit.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your hours of operations?

We are open weekdays 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM. See our Calendar for closure dates.

Do you offer meals?

We provide healthy vegetarian snacks, and organic milk. We also serve breakfast. You will, however, need to pack a lunch for your child. For more details see Meals.

Do you offer half-day programs?

We only have full-day slots available, though you may choose to take your child home early. We do offer part time (2 to 4 days a week) or full time (5 days a week) options.

What age-group do you accept?

12 months through 5 years. The Sun Room is for ages 1-2.5, the Star Room is for ages 2-3.5, and the Moon/Comet Room is a preschool program for ages 3-5.

What are your tuition rates?

What parent involvement is required?

We are a cooperative, and parents are expected to help in the classroom, and some jobs outside the classroom are available as well. In addition, there are occasional weekend work-parties and evening parent meetings. For more details including the specific time commitment, see Parent Requirements.

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