Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op

About Our Co-op Preschool

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op (PNPC) is a vibrant, community-based cooperative preschool that fosters the social, emotional, physical, and mental development of young children through play-based, structured learning in a nurturing and connected community.

As a cooperative (or “co-op”) preschool, each classroom is led by a teacher and supported by a parent educator, with parents serving as co-teachers. This structure provides a high adult-to-child ratio, allowing for increased one-on-one engagement. PNPC fosters community between parents and children through enhanced opportunities for sensory, artistic, and musical exploration, field trips, and outdoor play.

The PNPC offers six classes from Parent/Infant through Pre-Kindergarten (including a Multi-Age class). The model creates not only a rich learning environment for children but also supports families in their parenting journey. Children receive the benefit of cooperative classroom education, led by a staff of experienced early education teachers. Parents benefit from the instruction and guidance of parent educators, as well as a vibrant community of families with young children.

As a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, PNPC is a community resource for families in Phinney Ridge and the surrounding neighborhoods.The program is almost entirely volunteer run, making it an affordable neighborhood preschool.

Our Goals

Create a safe, supportive, fun, and stimulating environment that encourages young children’s social, emotional, physical, and mental development through creative classroom and outdoor play.

Nurture each child’s sense of accomplishment and personal growth.

Encourage families to share their unique talents, interests, and experiences in ways that enhance their child’s class, as well as the larger preschool community.

Provide opportunities for parents and caregivers to participate in their child’s first educational experience, working closely with teachers, parent educators, and each other to learn about child development and behavior, as well as parenting.

Foster a sense of community, support, and belonging for all those involved in the preschool.

 

2024 -2025 Tuition and Class Offerings

PNPC offers five classes. Every class (except Parent/Infant) spends time both outside at one of our three play areas and inside one of our two classrooms. A parent (or other caregiver) must actively participate in the classroom one day per week for all classes. Children in the Twos, Threes, and Pre-K classes also attend preschool on days when their caregiver is not in the classroom. PNPC’s school year follows the Seattle Public Schools calendar.

Tuition assistance for qualified families is available. For more information, request a copy of the Emergency Aid and/or Scholarship policy and application from our Registrar at moc.l1718917644iamg@1718917644ofni.1718917644cpnp1718917644.

Parent/Infant

Age Range: 0-1 Years

Meeting Times:
Wednesday 10:30 am–12:00 pm

Tuition: $100 monthly

Toddlers

Age Range: 1-2 Years

Meeting Times:
Friday 9:30–11:30 am

Tuition: $140 monthly

Twos

Age Range: 2-3 Years

Meeting Times:
Tuesday & Thursday 9:30–11:30 am

Tuition: $210 monthly

Threes

Age Range: 3-4 Years

Meeting Times:
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 9:30 am–12:00 pm

Tuition: $300 monthly

Pre-K

Age Range: 4-5 Years

Meeting Times:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 9:30 am–1:00 pm

Tuition: $475 monthly

Monday Meetup

Age Range: 2 & under

Meeting Times:
Monday 9:30–11:00 am

Tuition: $85 monthly

Monday Meetup is a weekly enrichment class for children from zero to two and their caregivers. Join Teacher Allison to explore music, nature, art, community building and mindfulness in a low-pressure, fun environment. Enrollment is open to existing PNPC families as well as members of the community.

Enrollment

If you’re interested in joining PNPC, please reach out to our registrar or attend one of our open houses offered in the Winter and Spring.

Come meet our teachers, mingle with current co-op families, learn about our curriculum, and explore our wonderful classrooms. Children are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

If you’re unable to attend an open house you can schedule a classroom visit and discuss the details of our programs with our Registrar at moc.l1718917644iamg@1718917644ofni.1718917644cpnp1718917644.

PNPC Staff

Allison

Allison

Allison leads our Parent/Infant and Monday Meetup classes, which are both focused on supporting both kids and their parents.  Allison believes that when parents feel supported during their first years of parenthood, the whole family benefits.  She loves sharing low-effort, high-reward activities and opportunities for play that families can bring home with them, as well as practical support for parents and their amazing little ones. Her classes are filled with music, books, and play that adapts as the class grows and develops over the year.

Erin

Erin

Erin leads our Twos class. She loves teaching at PNPC for the same reasons that she chose co-op for all three of her own kids. She wholeheartedly believes that play nurtures social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth by allowing kids to learn through their own experience, exploration, experimentation and discovery.

Erin’s class is a safe and welcoming space where all children—and their families—can come and learn. It is a time for parents and children to share together and a chance for children to interact with other kids and adults. This program also provides a wonderful opportunity to discuss experiences, concerns, and joys within a friendly community of fellow parents.

Cat

Cat

Cat is PNPC’s head teacher and leads our Threes class. She is dedicated to creating a safe classroom where all children can come and learn, and believes that all learning starts with play and exploration. With the help of the parents Cat fosters a classroom that nurtures each individual child and also creates a community that extends outside of class. She believes in an emergent curriculum that follows the lead of the children.

Hear more from Teacher Cat on YouTube

Additional PNPC Programs

Summer Camp

Our summer camp involves parents as co-teachers, reinforcing bonds between families. We offer enriched experiences such as sensory, artistic, and musical exploration, thrilling field trips, and outdoor play. Explore our summer camp for unforgettable summer memories!

Playgroup

Playgroup is a drop-off childcare service run by dedicated sitters, who are typically PNPC current caregivers or alumni. Its purpose is to provide preschool caregivers the opportunity to attend classes with siblings, tend to preschool business, run errands or have personal time. Playgroup provides a safe, reliable, and affordable option for siblings while you are working in the co-op classroom.

Questions? Contact the Playgroup Coordinators at moc.l1718917644iamg@1718917644spuor1718917644gyalp1718917644.cpnp1718917644.

Parents Night Out

Parents Night Out is a co-operative sitting exchange and fundraiser for the co-op. Parents sign up to sit and/or drop off their children for a night out. More details on Parents Night Out are emailed to PNPC families during the school year.

Dragon Room Rental

Our beautiful Dragon Room is available for rent to PNPC families and the community.  

  • Perfect for birthdays, holiday celebrations, or other types of parties. 
  • Seating is available for up to 24 children, and the tables adjust to accommodate kids as well as adults. 
  • The tables are great for eating and doing art projects, while others enjoy the large carpeted floor space for games, dancing, and playtime. 
  • We also have an indoor slide—fun for all ages! 
  • Lots of convenient parking is available for your guests. 

For Questions,  Availability, or Rental Requests – Contact the Dragon Room Coordinator at moc.l1718917644iamg@1718917644moorn1718917644ogard1718917644cpnp1718917644.

PNPC Events

PNPC hosts two annual kids’ used-gear sales! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for the upcoming sale dates.
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