What is a Cooperative Preschool?

A co-op preschool is operated by a parent-run board, and requires some level of parent/caregiver participation in the classroom. The level of parent involvement varies from program to program. This structure typically provides a high adult-to-child ratio, allowing for increased one-on-one engagement. The model creates not only a rich learning environment for children but also supports families in their parenting journey.

What is the Ballard Preschool Co-op?

A program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, the Ballard Preschool Co-op is a part-time preschool that offers a nurturing environment for infants through children five years of age. Parents run the school through a board and various volunteer jobs. Each class consists of a teacher and parents working together.

Where are we located?

7503 18th Ave NW, Seattle, WA | Google map

When was Ballard Preschool Co-op Founded?

Founded in 2001, the co-op is a result of the large demand for family-oriented preschools in our area.

What does co-op participation entail?

All parents participate in class according to their child’s age and have school jobs. Infants’ and Toddlers’ parents attend every class; Twos’ parents attend one of two classes per week; Threes’ parents attend one of three classes per week. Parents are welcome to stay in the classroom until their child is fully comfortable.

Rotating class jobs include providing snacks, supervising activities, and cleaning up. Each family must also hold a class or school job (e.g. Class Secretary), participate in facility maintenance, and agree to fundraise a minimum of $175-275 during the school year depending on the number of children enrolled.

Do you run background checks on parents and caregivers working in the classroom?

Yes. The PNA runs a national background check for all of their staff (that includes our teachers and parent educators) and any volunteers who work with children and/or seniors. As workers in the BPC classrooms, we are PNA volunteers.

All parents and caregivers (ie: grandparents, nannies, etc.) working in the classroom will be required to have a background check completed.

Are classes in person or virtual this year?

We are in person! See more on how we’re keeping our families safe in our COVID-19 section. We will continue to assess CDC, WA DOH, and Seattle guidelines, and make adjustments as necessary.

Are there vaccination requirements for parents and caregivers?

Yes. Ballard Preschool Co-op requires proof of MMR and full COVID-19 vaccination (including boosters) for all in-class working caregivers and teaching staff. For caregivers working in the infants class, an up-to-date Tdap vaccination is also required.

How do we join?

Our program is popular and waiting lists can be long. If you feel this would be a good match for your family, contact us as soon as possible. Please email the BPC All-School Registrar or fill out our pre-registration form for more information. We welcome children of every nationality, race, creed, and background.