Tampopo Japanese Co-op Preschool
Founded in 2002, Tampopo is a Japanese language immersion preschool program, for children who already speak Japanese in the home full or part-time. Our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, and rich learning environment for parents and children who strive to get involved and contribute to the Japanese community in the Seattle area.
How We Work
In our cooperative, there are no paid teachers or staff; we rely on our active parent volunteers to fill leadership positions, plan lessons, and teach classes each week as members of a team. All class activities are in Japanese, and children learn speaking, writing, and are exposed to many aspects of Japanese culture.
Our students benefit tremendously from interacting with other children from multilingual households. Our program helps students:
- build strong social skills
- increase self-confidence
- learn about Japanese culture
- connect with the greater Japanese community of Seattle