Mill Creek Cooperative Preschool is a non-profit school run by our parents under the guidance of our teacher and Edmonds Community College. Co-op philosophy believes parents are a vital part of the early childhood educational experience and, unlike a traditional preschool, our assistant teachers, board of directors, housekeepers, administrators and fundraisers are all parents. Through our co-op program, parents are also students: Educators teach parents how to support children as they engage in guided play, exploration and self-discovery.
Each member is required to contribute to the success of the school through work in the classroom, attending monthly member meetings, fulfilling a school-wide job, cleaning and set-up duties and more (see below).
What is a cooperative preschool?
High adult-to-child ratios
Low monthly tuition (eligible for pre-tax Dependent Care FSA reimbursement through your provider)
No need for your child to be potty-trained
Infant siblings younger than six months can come to class on their parent’s workday (as space allows). Babies must be worn in a carrier.
Parent involvement enriches the learning experience and eases your child’s transition toward greater independence.
Instant community of friends and peers for both children and parents.
Edmonds Community College provides invaluable support with their trained Parent Educators. As a member of MCCP, you not only receive college credits via Edmonds Community College, but are also eligible for an EdPass, which gives you access to great services and student discounts.
If your employer offers paid volunteer hours, you may use those hours at MCCP, since we are a registered non-profit.
What are the benefits of a co-op?
Accompany your child to school once per week and help facilitate learning at one of the activity centers in the classroom.
Attend a monthly two hour member meeting.
Participate in two school cleanings per year.
Participate in classroom set-up and/or take-down as assigned, typically 3-4 times per year.
Fulfill the responsibilities of a school-wide operations job; you can choose one that works with your schedule, interest, and talents.