Starting a co-op preschool

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Starting a co-op preschool

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The way you become a part of our cooperative preschool is we truly are democratic. It's first come, first serve. Parents hear about the school and they come tour. We expect them to tour, to see what's going on in the classroom, so that they are not coming in blind. They fill out an application and leave a deposit check and they are a member of our community. We are a three year program, so they come to us when they are two years old, and they stay with us until they are ready for Kindergarten. That first year really is the time when you decide, yes or no, about whether or not I want to be in a cooperative preschool. By the time families are in their second and third year, they are usually on board with what's going on and are committed to making the school work.

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Tom Hobson

Co-Op Preschool Teacher

Tom is a preschool teacher, blogger, artist, and author. For the past 10 years, he’s worked for the Woodland Park Cooperative preschools, teaching two to five year olds in Seattle, Washington where he lives with his wife and daughter. His award-winning blog, “Teacher Tom,” has earned him an international following as a leading proponent of a progressive, play-based curriculum and the cooperative model of early childhood education, as well as a fierce advocate for public policies that support the whole child and the teaching of democratic values to even our youngest citizens. His blog, like his classroom, is a place of exploration of the physical, social, political, emotional, and even spiritual world. It’s a place of experimentation, where the adults learn every bit as much as the children.

Tom is the author of A Parent’s Guide To Seattle, a regular speaker on early childhood education, a board member of the Fremont Arts Council, and a founding member of the Superhuggers performance art ensemble.

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