Infant Co-ops

Welcome to the Infant Co-op Program

Infants

The early years of a child’s life are a time of amazing and rapid growth for both Infant and Parent. The Infant Cooperative classes at North Seattle College are designed as a supportive, fun, and dynamic learning environment to encourage and enhance this magical time for both you and your baby.

What you can expect for your infant

Children come to class with a parent, grandparent or other caregiver weekly to engage in a fun, learning experience. Our team of teachers facilitates the children’s development and learning community by offering:

  • Age Appropriate Classroom, Toys and Activities.
  • Snack Time for Healthy Nutrition and Social/Emotional Learning.
  • Circle Time with Brain-building songs, movement and activities.
  • Small and Large Motor Development activities.

What you can expect for yourself

Parents (and other caregivers) come to our classes to learn more about child development, explore their own goals for their family while deepening the parent/child bond and strengthening communication and parenting skills.

Snack
  • Parent Education & Resources

    Our Parent Education Instructors provide curriculum and discussion incorporating current research with the personal concerns and the diverse experiences of our community of parents. 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.

  • Community Building

    Meet other parents with children going through similar milestones, joys and challenges as yours. One of the many benefits parents experience while participating in Co-op are the long-term family friendships, which often develop.

Enrollment

Infants under 1 year of age as of August 31 may enroll in the infant class; including those born after August 31 of the current academic year.

Further information and enrollment are handled directly by our registrar. Please contact them at nsccoops@gmail.com

Fees (2016-2017)

If costs are prohibitive for your family, scholarships may be applied for through our Parent Advisory Committee. More information can be obtained here.

Location

The class is on the Northeast corner of the North Seattle College campus, in Room 1405/1407 of the Instructional Building.
9600 College Way N.
Seattle, WA

Directions are available at the NSC Maps & Directions page.

Class Meeting times

Monday morning class (10:00 am to 12:00 pm)
Wednesday morning classes (9:30 am to 11:30 am)
Wednesday afternoon class (12:30 pm to 2:30 pm) begins Winter Quarter 2017

Typical Daily Schedule:

Our Teachers

Jeanne McGrady (Monday)

Teacher Jeanne McGrady has been involved in co-op since 2006, both as a parent with her two kids and as a teacher. She believes in a play-based curriculum, loves child-led play and is passionate about community building. Cooperative preschool could not be a more perfect fit! Her goal is to create an environment where infants can learn by exploration and families can create community for their kids to grow up in.

Jeanne serves as the lead teacher for the Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co Op Parent Infant class, as well as the Latona Pre3s (right next door!). When her youngest child was in her last year in co-op, she realized that she wasn't ready to leave, so she started her Early Childhood Development studies in 2011 with the goal of becoming a preschool teacher. Additionally, she is starting to learn more about the Brain Dance at the Creative Dance Center.

Monica Harris (Wednesday AM)

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.

Charlotte Wallstrom (Wednesday PM)

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. 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.

What Parents are Saying

Infants

Parents often report feeling more confident in their parenting and more connected with their infants after participating in Infant Co-op.

"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."