The early years of a child’s life are a time of amazing and rapid growth for both infant and parent. Our Infants Class is designed as a supportive, fun, and dynamic learning environment to encourage and enhance this magical time for both you and your baby.
Our Infants Class is for children who will be under 1 year old by August 31st and those born during the current academic year. The class is taught by Teacher Monica and meets once a week on Wednesday mornings.
The class meets on Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
The schedule is…
- Large motor play in the outdoor play areas;
- Circle time featuring brain-building songs, movement, and activities;
- Snack time;
- Small motor activities at the various centers in the classroom;
- Closing circle time to say goodbye.
Monica Harris has been teaching for over 25 years. She first began by teaching folks how to sing, and then she later fell in love with teaching cooperative preschool! Circle time is her specialty. She is very tuned-in with each and every student and allows for class flexibility based on each student’s abilities and energies. Kids love her Huggy-Boo!
Teacher Beth – Parent Educator
Beth Goss is a full-time faculty member at North Seattle College and has been teaching parent education classes in the co-op preschool system since 2002. Beth’s philosophy of parenting is relationship-based, and her goal is to empower parents to stay in connection with their children while weathering the ups and downs of raising a family.
What to expect
Cooperative preschool is about involvement. Children attend class each week with their parent, grandparent, or other caregiver to engage in a fun, learning experience.
As the caregiver in class, you get the unique opportunity to play an integral role in your child’s first educational experience. You can expect to work together with other caregivers and the teachers to create a safe, dynamic environment for the children to explore. Basic co-op duties include periodically providing snack for the class, helping with classroom cleanup, participating in school events, and holding a Board, committee, or class position for the year.
As the caregiver in class, you can expect to…
- Learn more about child development;
- Explore your own goals for your family;
- Deepen your bond with your child;
- Strengthen your communication and parenting skills.
NorthLeaf is part of the North Seattle College Cooperative Preschool Program. Their mission is to provide high-quality, affordable preschool education for children and education and support for parents. All of our classes have a dedicated Parent Educator who works with the class every week. The Parent Educator incorporates current research with the personal concerns and diverse experiences of our community in her lessons and discussions. Over the course of the school year, you can expect topics such as Early Child Development, Nutrition, Sleep Challenges, Temperament, Guidance, Adjusting to Parenthood, and more.
Parent education in our Infants Class takes place during class.
You can also expect to meet other families with children going through similar milestones, joys, and challenges as yours. One of the many benefits families experience while participating in our co-op is long-term family friendships. It’s true when they say it takes a village, and a village is just what our preschool provides.
Tuition, FEES, and Fundraising
You are expected to pay monthly tuition to the preschool for your child, as well as quarterly tuition (three times per year) to North Seattle College for your parent education portion of the class. If you choose to park a vehicle on campus, there is a quarterly (three times per year) parking permit fee. There is also a non-refundable registration fee. Finally, every family has a goal of raising at least one month’s tuition through fundraising over the course of the school year. See our Admissions page for specific tuition and fee amounts.
If costs are prohibitive for your family, you can apply for a scholarship through our Parent Advisory Committee. See Scholarship Information.
What Parents are Saying
Parents often report feeling more confident in their parenting and more connected with their infants after participating in our Infant Class.
“Attending co-op preschool is one of the highlights of our week, and we always look forward to it.”
“I have picked up great information on sleep, travel, separation anxiety, tantrums, and so many other topics during our parent ed sessions.”
“The songs and activities my son and I learned at preschool keep us amused throughout the whole week at home.”
Interested in joining our Class?
Come in for a Tour
An in-person tour during class hours provides an opportunity for you to meet our teachers, see our classroom, and watch us in action. The tour will help you determine if our preschool will be a good fit for your child. We love our school, and we want you to know that you will, too.
We are located on the North Seattle College campus in the Instruction Building, room 1407 (find us on Google maps). The street address is 9600 College Way N. Parking on campus is by paid permit, but we have free load zone spaces for drop off, pick up, and tours. Street parking is also available just off campus. The North Seattle College website has a clickable map of the campus, an outline of transportation options, and the most up to date permit prices.
submit an application
After touring our preschool and confirming it’s a good fit, we encourage you to apply online. Applications will be processed according to the schedule set by the North Seattle College Cooperative Preschool Program. See our Admissions page for specific dates.
Your non-refundable registration fee is due within 48 hours of admission notification to accept a spot in our class.