Infant Co-ops

Welcome to the Infant Co-op Program

These are fun and informative classes for both infants and parents!

The classes provide age appropriate toys and activities, circle time with songs and movement, and parent education.

A typical daily schedule is as follows:

The afternoon schedule is similar, just different times. The Wednesday class follows the morning schedule and the Tuesday and Thursday classes follows the afternoon schedule from 12:30 to 2:30pm.

Enrollment

Infant co-ops are for children between 2 and 12 months as of August 31st of the school year. The infant co-ops are run slightly differently from the co-ops for older children. Information and registration are handled directly by the staff at the Child & Family Education office, (206) 934-6029. You may also contact the parent co-ordinator for information.

Location

North Seattle Comm. College
9600 College Way N. Rm. 1405

Meeting times

Tuesday afternoon class (12:30 to 2:30)
Wednesday morning class (9:30 to 11:30)
Thursday afternoon class (12:30 to 2:30)

Wednesday

Beth Goss (teacher)

Beth Goss began teaching preschool when she graduated from college in 1989. She went on to do graduate work in Education, earning a K-8 certificate, but ultimately decided to focus on early childhood. Beth has been an infant/toddler/preschool teacher, teacher trainer, and a parent education instructor here, at NSCC for the past 10 years. After doing some long term subbing on campus for the infant teacher, Beth realized that she really missed teaching the children and decided to wear "two hats" at co-op: parent educator for 3 toddler groups, and teacher for the infants.

Her philosophy is "child centered", meaning she observes the infants' interests and needs, and plans the environment and activities with that in mind. She appreciates the opportunity to work with infants and their parents together in the cooperative classroom.

Mara Mulcahy (Parent Educator)

Who I am: Mama, spouse, parent educator, soccer player, soccer mom, clinical consultant, marginal cook.

What I offer: helpful parenting resources, in-class problem solving, a listening ear, email chats, behavior strategies, referrals and a sense of humor.

Background: MSW Smith College, clinical fellowship Children's Hospital Boston, 10 years of experience as therapist for children and families, 10 years as a clinical consultant and 5 + as parent educator.

Philosophy on parenting: It is difficult, joyful, exhausting, and yet exhilarating. Developing community and connecting with others makes the experience much richer. Our children challenge us and cause us to learn, adapt and update our parenting. It is a wild and wondrous time.

Thursday

Charlotte Wallstrom (Teacher)

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 14 years, where she currently instructs all three 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 paid employment, she became a co-op teacher.

Irene Wagner (Parent Educator)

Irene Wagner holds a Master of Social Work, with post graduate training in family systems. She has worked with children and families for many years. Irene joined the Parent Education faculty at North Seattle Community College in 1995, and provides parent education to parents of infants and toddlers. She also is the registrar and parent coordinator for the North Seattle Infant Cooperative. In addition, Irene maintains a part-time clinical private practice in Seattle. Irene has three daughters, and she and her husband have enjoyed raising them in the Ravenna neighborhood. Irene's favorite activities are participating in Rotary service projects with her family, attending her monthly book club, and singing with the Enzian Swiss Ladies Singing Society.

Tuesday

Monica Harris (Teacher)

Our preschool teacher, Monica Harris, has been teaching for 20 years with a total of over 7 years working with children. After graduating from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, she went on to complete a Master's in Vocal Pedagogy. She taught at The Merit Music Program in Chicago for two years and, after moving to Seattle, worked with children's theatres as Music Director and has her own children in cooperative preschool. She designs the curriculum and helps manage the classroom activities. She is very tuned-in with each and every student and allows for class flexibility based on each student's interests and energies.

Mara Mulcahy (Parent Educator)

See Wednesday Class description

What Parents are Saying

"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."

Parent Co-ordinator

For enrollment information please contact our parent co-ordinator.