Welcome to Broadview Co-operative Preschool

Broadview Co-op is a well established, community co-op preschool offering programs for Toddler, Pre-3, 3 to 5, and Pre-K families. Our Co-op has a strong history with many returning parents, children, and teachers. Our parents treasure the opportunity to spend time with their children in a preschool setting and be a valuable part of their education. Many long-lasting relationships between children and between parents have started at Broadview Co-op.

We are located at Grace Lutheran Church in Seattle's diverse Broadview Neighborhood. Our classroom space is large and bright, allowing for dramatic play, large motor skill development, circle time, sensory and art stations, and library time. We have a fantastic outdoor play area that includes a climbing structure and other outdoor toys, and a large, closed-off blacktop area where children can run, ride tricycles, draw, and learn.

Our Curriculum

Our teachers and parents work to provide an interesting and meaningful learning experience for our preschoolers using the emergent curriculum model.

Emergent curriculum develops when preschoolers explore what is socially relevant, intellectually engaging, and meaningful to them as individuals. Emergent curriculum arises naturally from adult-child interactions and situations that allow for teachable moments. However, emergent curriculum is not built on children's interests alone; teachers and parents also bring interests that enrich the curriculum. The abilities of all the adults involved help the classroom culture evolve. Parent participation can have a huge impact on what our students learn!

What's special about Broadview?

A solid sense of camaraderie among parents is apparent upon entering our classroom. We are a strong, compassionate community that's committed to helping our children learn in a stimulating and socially secure environment. Equally evident are our engaged students who are learning essential skills in a rich educational environment. Our space is large and well organized, with plenty of room for children to explore and learn while developing friendships.

Field trips are an important part of Broadview's commitment to learning. These opportunities allow for children to learn outside of the classroom and experience “hands on” activities. Previous field trips included visits to a pumpkin farm, grocery store, fire station, Seattle Tilth, Woodland Park Zoo, and Carkeek Park.

Broadview's Pre-K program is available for children who will be at least four years of age by August 31st. It begins slightly later in the school year, allowing new students to adjust to the classroom routine, and runs through May. Our Pre-K program gives older children the opportunity to develop age-appropriate skills that help build kindergarten readiness such as early literacy, math, and science skills.

What's your involvement?

One of the most valuable parts of co-op preschool is the opportunity for parents to learn, too! Parents receive valuable parent education over the course of the year from an NSC appointed Parent Education instructor. Many parents list this as their favorite part of co-op, and it is an important part of our preschool culture. Additionally, because the children see their parents learning, co-op teaches children to become lifelong learners. Each parent is required to work one day per week in the classroom, hold a position on the board or participate on a committee, fundraise, and attend monthly parent education meetings.

Our Teachers

Charlotte Wallstrom

When you first meet Teacher Charlotte, she is quick to tell anyone over 3-feet-tall that it might take a little time to remember their name. If you’re a child, she’s likely to remember your name on the first try. If you watch her a little longer you’ll realize why she’s been teaching co-op preschool at Broadview for 17 years, where she currently instructs our younger age groups. Her passion for the children’s growth is evident in everything she does. She paraphrases Will Rogers with her own line that states, “I never met a child I didn’t like.”

Charlotte was first interested in the co-op system when she came to Seattle to earn her Master’s Degree in Education, with an emphasis on Special Education and Early Childhood Education. She has worked with preschoolers since the middle 1970s on the East Coast and in Seattle. She was so impressed with the way the co-op system supports families and children that she attended co-op with her own two children. She couldn’t tear herself away, so when the time came to return to teaching, she became a co-op preschool teacher.

Charlotte works with parents in the classroom to foster self-esteem, independence and learning for both them and their children. She provides an environment rich in activities like art, dramatic play, singing and climbing. She also introduces our youngest students to age-appropriate science experiments and early math activities.

Teacher Charlotte teaches Broadview's Toddler and Pre-3 classes.

Erin Knapton

Erin has a passion for co-op because of the supportive community that it provides kids and families. She is an experienced and certified teacher and comes to us with many years as a co-op parent herself. Erin is great with kids and has many strengths that she’s eager to share with our co-op community, starting September 2015.

Erin has a Bachelor of Science degree from UW in Urban Forestry (with a specialty in Environmental Education) and a Masters in Teaching from UW. She's a WA State certified teacher with endorsements in Elementary Education and Special Education. Erin taught 1st and 2nd grades in Highline School District, has worked closely with Kindergarten classes, and has experience working with ELL and students with Special Needs. Erin's also been a Lead Naturalist through Seattle Parks where she taught Environmental Education to Preschool-Grade 5 kids.

Erin went to co-op preschool herself as a kid and, more recently, has 6 years experience accompanying her two daughters through North Seattle College Co-ops, (including Broadview 3-5 with her younger daughter).

Erin believes that "Teaching is creating experiences for students to construct meaning." Erin loves helping kids learn through discovery. She provides opportunities for kids to explore, create, discover and reason. She creates explorations in literacy, math, science, art, gross motor and more. Play provides the learning that preschoolers need to discover their world and learn to interact in a social setting. These experiences help kids construct meaning and gain the skills they need in preschool and beyond.

Erin lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, walks with friends, riding bikes, gardening, sewing and reading. She is thrilled to be working with the families at Broadview Co-op Preschool.

Teacher Erin teaches Broadview's 3-5 and Pre-K classes.

Contact Us

For more information about each of the classes please visit the class page links above. You can also contact the school to leave a message for a Parent Co-ordinator. Parent Co-ordinators can also be contacted via the Openings Listing.

Inside the Grace Lutheran Church
11051 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 363-6744
Parking on the corner of Greenwood Ave N and N 112th St