Co-op Basics

How Co-op Works

There are forty NSC cooperative preschools operating from eleven convenient locations in North Seattle. Each school is an independent, non-profit entity run by a skilled preschool teacher, the childrens’ parents and a parent educator from NSC.

Teachers plan and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Parents assist in the classroom and perform administrative duties. Parent educators advise teachers and help parents build parenting skills.

The NSC co-op preschools follow the Seattle Public School academic year, running from September through May. Co-ops are age-based, with parents working one day each week.

Type of Co-op Min. Age by 8/31 Class Frequency
Infants less than 1 year old 1 day/wk for 2 hrs
Toddlers 1 year old 1 day/wk for 2 hrs
Pre-3s 2 years old 2 days/wk for 2 hrs/day
3-5s 3 years old 3-4 days/wk for 2.5 hrs/day
Fives 5 years old 4 days/wk - time varies

Some co-ops share a common location, in which case they alternate class days and share cleaning duties and capital improvement projects. Some co-ops share teachers, too. All co-ops offer a high adult-to-student ratio and tuition that is significantly below that of comparable private preschools, due to parental participation in the classroom.

Next...... Classroom Roles and Responsibilities


Open registration is the process whereby new families register their children for co-op spaces. It is held early in the year for fall entry.