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 Monday and Wednesday classes follow the morning schedule and the Thursday class follows the afternoon schedule, 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 College
9600 College Way N. Rm. 1405

Meeting times

Monday morning class (10 to 12)
Wednesday morning classes (9:30 to 11:30)
Thursday afternoon class (12:30 to 2:30)

Monday

Jeanne McGrady (Teacher)

Jeanne McGrady

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! Jeanne provides a safe and caring environment for infants and young children while keeping things fun through art, stories, songs, imaginative play, outside play and circle time.

Her Parent/Infant class consists of free play for infants to explore and learn as well as fun circle times including lots of songs, movement and music. 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!). She also served as lead teacher for the Latona 3-5s for two years. She has taught every age birth to 5 years. 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 co op teacher. Additionally, she is starting to learn more about the Brain Dance at the Creative Dance Center.

Mika McAfee (Parent Educator)

Mika McAfee

Mika McAfee has been working with families and children in a variety of settings for over 20 years. Prior to becoming a Parent Educator, Mika worked as a School Counselor and Mental Health Specialist in Seattle, Edmonds and Everett schools. While participating in cooperative preschools with her own three children, she was recruited as an Instructor and has been working as a Parent Educator and Coach ever since. She has an M.A.Ed. in Counseling and received additional training in Child/Human Development and Restorative Family Conferencing. In her spare time Mika enjoys reading, exploring the outdoors, music and travelling with her family.

Wednesday

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.

Dawn C. (Parent Educator)

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

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 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.

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.