Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Crown Hill Explorers Cooperative Preschool?

Crown Hill Cooperative Preschool is located at 2400 NW 85th St. Seattle, Wa 98117. The Preschool rents space in Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church. The preschool is located in the daylight basement and has access to our Nature Explore certified outdoor classroom and play area.

What’s the age range of the children accepted to Crown Hill Explorers Cooperative Preschool?

Children who are at least 12 months old and no more than 47 months old by September 1st of the upcoming school year; we have classes in 3 age ranges (Toddlers: 12 – 23 months, Pre-3s: 24 – 35 months, 3s: 36 – 47 months). Our capacity is 20 children per class.

When do we meet?

OWLS (Toddlers, 1 by 9/1 of the school year)

Wednesday 9:00 am – 11:00 am

OTTERS (Toddlers, 1 by 9/1 of the school year)

Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am

ORCAS (Pre-3s, 2 by 9/1 of the school year)

Monday 9:00 – 11:00 am & Wednesday 11:15 am – 1:15 pm

BEARS (Pre-3s, 2 by 9/1 of the school year)

Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am – 11:00 am

New 3s Outdoor Class (3 by 9/1 of the school year)

Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday 11:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

How long is the school year?

The school year follows that of Seattle Public Schools and the regular school holidays shall be observed.

What are the responsibilities of the parents at Crown Hill Explorers Cooperative Preschool?

Parents attend preschool one day per week to serve as assistant teachers. Parents also attend a monthly business/parent education meeting and actively participate in the management and operation of the cooperative. This includes such things as fundraising, preparing snacks and cleaning once or twice per quarter and holding one position, such as board member, newsletter writer, substitute teacher, fundraiser, photographer etc.

What is my role as an “assistant teacher” in the classroom?

The cooperative meets once or twice weekly for two hours, depending on the class. For Toddler classes, half of of the parents attend parent education while the other half participate in the classroom. For Pre-3 classes, half of the parents participate on the first day of the school week and the other half participates on the second half of the school week. The working parents are assigned a specific responsibility as Teachers aides in order to guide the children’s activities. If a parent has two or more children enrolled in the cooperative, the parent is required to work only one day, unless due to enrollment or many sets of multiples, the Board or Parent Educator deem two work days be necessary.

What is a typical day for the children?

A typical day at the cooperative consists of a half-hour (weather permitting) of outside play in the outdoor classroom or indoor play on various riding toys. Generally, morning play is only held indoors if the mulch surface is too frozen for the children’s safety, or in case of torrential rains/thunder. The children then wash their hands and have a snack prepared by a parent. Snack is followed by one hour of free time at any one of several play areas: art, sensory, home center/dramatics, table toys, library or climbing room. During this time, parents are assigned a play area to supervise, where their primary role is to facilitate play and ensure the safety of the children. After free play, the group joins for music circle led by the teacher and the day ends with a stamp at the door by the teacher.

Who is the teacher at Crown Hill Cooperative Explorers Preschool?

There are two teachers: one preschool teacher, Janice Jacobson, responsible for coordinating the children’s curriculum and activities, and one parent educator responsible for coordinating and presenting the parents curriculum.

What is the cost?

One time non-refundable Registration Fee*: $40

Preschool tuition, monthly*:Owls & Otters $58; Orcas & Bears $92; Outdoor 3s TBD

NSC Tuition, quarterly*:  $48

*Subject to change each year. Cost above is 2016-17 school year.

Is financial aid available?

Through the PAC (Parent Advisory Council) scholarship fund, qualifying families may receive up to 75% of their coop tuition costs, depending on available funds. The Scholarship Committee works with the parent educators to fairly parcel out what is available.

Families in great need may apply for a house scholarship to cover what is not covered by the PAC scholarship, depending on available funds. You must apply for the PAC scholarship first to be eligible for this scholarship.
All prospective parents must take a tour of the preschool prior to registering.