Lakeside Cooperative Preschool is a parent-operated cooperative preschool affiliated with Whatcom Community College’s Parenting Education program. Our Preschool and Pre-K classes for 3 -5 year old children are taught by dynamic, highly-qualified teachers who focus on building social-emotional and kindergarten-readiness skills through play and fun developmentally-appropriate learning activities.
2020-21 School Year Class Offerings (2021-2022 classes will likely be similar, though tuition rates may be adjusted due to COVID-related financial impacts)
Children must be 3 by September 1st to attend the Early Learning Preschool or Preschool class or 4 years old by September 1st to attend the PreK class. All students should be toilet trained by the beginning of school. Our classes are in session from mid-September until the end of May.
Early Learning Preschool– Tuesdays and Fridays 8:15-11:00 am
Teacher: Anna Johnson Tuition: $170/month* ($260/month if parents are not allowed to work in classroom due to district COVID-19 restrictions)
This class is designed for students who are young 3-year-olds (turning 4 after January 1st) and/or this is their first experience in a preschool program. This class focuses on primarily social and emotional growth, as well as the routines and expectations of a classroom environment. While academic growth is important, our emphasis is on the process of learning rather than the product. **An optional 3rd Day is possible based on student readiness (academic, social emotionally & stamina) for an additional $35/Month**
Preschool/Pre-K — Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:15-11:15 am
Teachers: Patty Haveman and Anna Johnson Tuition: $225/month* ($260/month for Monday/Wednesday only if parents are not allowed to work in classroom due to district COVID-19 restrictions)
This class is designed for students who are early 4-year-olds or older 3-year-olds (turning 4 prior to January 1st) and have had some preschool experience. This class continues to focus on social and emotional development, in addition to other hands on learning opportunities. Upon completion students move on to PreK or Kindergarten.
PreK–Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11:45 am-2:45 pm
Teachers: Patty Haveman and Anna Johnson Tuition: $340/month* ($430/month if parents are not allowed to work in classroom due to district COVID-19 restrictions)
This class is designed for 4-year-olds who are ready for more of an academic challenge and those who miss the cut-off date to start Kindergarten. This class builds our previous classes and provides more of a half-day Kindergarten type experience.
*Tuition rates may be adjusted for 2021-2022 due to COVID-related financial impacts
Benefits of Cooperative Preschools:
- Strong parent community and lifelong friendships
- Direct involvement in your children’s early education
- Training and support for working with young children and preschool operations
- Parenting/Child Development education and family support from Whatcom Community College
- College credit for participation in preschool and parent meetings (9 credits per year)
- Affordable tuition and low adult:child ratios
- Highly qualified teachers who receive monthly professional development and support through Whatcom Community College
Additional Information and Parent Responsibilities:
Parent Education Course:
Lakeside is affiliated with Whatcom Community College. By enrolling at Lakeside, you are enrolling in a Parent Education Course through WCC. Parents are required to work in class approximately two times per month per student enrolled at Lakeside, which counts toward the “practical” portion of the course. The “classroom” portion is fulfilled through mandatory monthly parent meetings, held the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm (no childcare provided).
Each family is required to fundraise $250, which can be accomplished through several fundraisers organized by the school, or simply by paying it directly.
Tuition is paid September through May and due by the parent meeting each month. A $10 late fee will be assessed after the 10th of the month. There is a 15% sibling discount for those with more than one child enrolled, which is applied toward the second sibling’s tuition. Some families may qualify for tuition assistance. There is a 2.5% discount if the full year’s tuition is paid by the September parent meeting.
A $100 non-refundable Registration Fee is due when rosters are created in late January.
A $100 Activity/Supplies Fee and $50 Cleaning Fee (refundable if you participate in a classroom cleaning) will be collected in September.
Each family will be assigned a Parent Job (one job per student enrolled at Lakeside). The Board President will assign this, with your preferences and interests taken into account as much as possible. Parent jobs include Board positions, maintenance, classroom materials prep, fundraising committees, etc.
For more information about our cooperative preschool community, visit www.lakesidecoop.com.
Lakeside Registrar: email@example.com
Early Learning Preschool Teacher: Anna Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Preschool and Pre-K Teacher: Patty Haveman email@example.com
Whatcom Community College Parenting Educator: Michelle Malone firstname.lastname@example.org
Lakeside Board President: email@example.com