Spanish Multiage Class

Now for children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years and their caregivers. This Saturday morning class is taught by Maestra María Elena and is a great way to expose your child to Spanish.

Ahora para niños desde los 6 meses a 5 años en la cual podrán estar acompañados por sus cuidadores. La clase es orientada por la maestra María Elena los sábados en las mañanas y es una gran oportunidad de exponer los niños al lenguaje español.

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The early childhood years are filled with many exciting milestones, as children learn to walk, to talk, and to actively explore and interpret the world around them. Our Spanish Multiage Class provides a warm, nurturing, stimulating, and safe environment for them to grow and learn during this time – all while also exposing them to the Spanish language.

Our Spanish Multiage Class is for children who will be between 6 months and 5 years old by August 31st. In addition, younger infants are welcome once they turn 6 months old anytime during the academic year.

The class is taught by Maestra María Elena and meets once a week on Saturday mornings.

Class Schedule

The class meets on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

The schedule is…

  • Large motor play in the outdoor play areas;
  • Circle time featuring songs, stories, puppets, flannel board activities, musical instruments, and dance;
  • Snack time;
  • Free play at the various centers in the classroom – including art, sensory, home, block, fine motor manipulative, and more;
  • Closing circle time to say goodbye.


Toddlers classroom used year round
Covered outdoor classroom used year round
Large outdoor classroom used year round


MAESTRA María Elena

María Elena is the Spanish Saturday Multiage Teacher. She is a native speaker from Mexico and has a few years of experience working as a teacher in different learning philosophies, including the Montessori philosophy where she specializes. She also works for the “Jump on Languages” immersion preschool program as a teacher and program coordinator. María Elena enjoys working with a multiage group and observing the developmental stages each child is at while connecting to our families.

Teacher Lea – Parent Educator

Lea Evans (she/her/hers) has been on the Parent Education faculty at North Seattle College since 2018 and has taught and advised adult students in various subjects, states, and countries since 2001. Since her child was born in 2013, she has focused much more on supporting families and is a Positive Discipline certified parent educator.

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.
Parent Education

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 Spanish Multiage Class takes place at two different times. The first is through in-class discussion groups. During free play time the caregivers split into two groups: half of the caregivers meet with their Parent Educator to discuss parenting issues and concerns, while the other half work at the various free play centers with the children. The rotating schedule means you can expect to receive parent education every other week in class.

The second is through a required monthly evening parent meeting. At these meetings you can expect to dive even deeper into parenting and child development issues, as well as cover business items related to the co-op. These meetings provide an opportunity to ask questions and discuss a variety of topics relevant to the class and your child’s development.

Co-op Community

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.

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, rooms 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.