The Co-ops

About Cooperative Preschools


Lincoln Park Co-op Preschool is one of five South Seattle College (SSC) Cooperative Preschools. 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 and assists with marketing.


Each preschool is an independent non-profit 501c3 organization governed by a Board elected by Co-op members. The preschools hires their own teachers and makes budgeting decisions.

Curriculum Philosophy

The SSC Cooperative Preschool curriculum is play-based. We believe a child’s play is his work and that learning happens best when children use their bodies, senses, hearts and 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.

This learning doesn’t happen automatically or solely through unstructured play time. Our high adult to child ratio means adults are always available to facilitate the social-emotional learning that will help children succeed.

Our curriculum is aligned with Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) kindergarten entrance guidelines and supports family connection and whole-child assessment for individualized learning to aid in a smooth transition into kindergarten.

Parent Education Curriculum

The SSC 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 and to raise children who are capable contributors to home, school and the larger community.

Parents in our program learn skills to use with their own children at home and with children in the classroom. They develop a network of friends that often stay with them for years past preschool.

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