PNPC : FAQs
Q. What is Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op?
Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op (PNPC) is a vibrant, community-based cooperative preschool which fosters the social, emotional, physical, and mental development of young children through play-based, structured learning in a nurturing and connected community.
Q. Where are we located?
A: Our classrooms are located in the Phinney Neighborhood Association buildings. The Red Room is located in the ground level of the Blue Building at 6532 Phinney Ave N, and the Dragon Room is located on the ground floor of the Brick Building at 6615 Dayton Ave N. (Directions)
Q: What are the commitments required to participate in a co-op program?
A: The co-op is made up of dedicated parent volunteers, without those volunteers our programs couldn’t thrive. Requirements are as follows: one in-class job (per child/class), one in-class working day per week, attend one monthly parent meeting, volunteer hours (6 hours for one child, 10 hours for two or more children), and fundraising (two major fundraisers per year).
Q: What are the benefits of a co-op school?
A: 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 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.
Q. How do we join?
A: PNPC is a popular preschool program and our wait-list can be quite long. If you’re interested in our program it’s best to attend an open house or schedule a classroom visit. If PNPC seems like a good match for your family please contact our All-School Registrar ([email protected]) for more information. PNPC welcomes and encourages all families to apply.
Q: Do you run background checks on parents and caregivers working in the classroom?
A: 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 PNPC classrooms, we are PNA volunteers.
Both parents/partners, and any adult volunteers (ie: grandparents, nannies, etc.) working more than one day per school year in the classroom will be asked to have a background check completed. Each year following, a Washington State WATCH check will be completed.
Q: Can I visit a class to see if it is the right fit for our family?
A: Please contact our registrar at [email protected]