What is a cooperative preschool?

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 are the benefits of a co-op?

  • 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 my responsibilities as a member of MCCP?

  • 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. 

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