Whatcom Community College is affiliated with preschool programs in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County. Based on the belief that parents are the first and most important teachers of their children, cooperative preschools offer an educational experience for both parents and children. Parents are enrolled in a WCC Parent Education class when they place their preschooler in a preschool.

 

Where are the preschools and when do they meet?

All programs run from September through May.

 

Children's Coop

St. James Presbyterian Church
910 14th St.
Bellingham, WA 98225
Main Number: (360) 510-9558
Website: www.childrenscooppreschool.com
Email: childrenscooppreschool@gmail.com

 

Lakeside

Silver Beach Elementary School
4101 Academy St
Bellingham, WA 98226
Phone: (360) 647-7578
email: jfields15@comcast.net

 

Sunnyland Cooperative Preschool

Sunnyland Elementary School
2800 James Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Teacher Teresa Todd
email: sunnylandcooperativepreschool@gmail.com 
website: www.whatcomfamilycoop.org

 

Lynden

United Methodist Church
500 N. 14th St
Lynden, WA 98264
Courtney VanMaaren, Registrar (360) 318-8030
email: vanmaaren@hotmail.com

 

What ages of children can attend?

Most preschools are designed for 3 to 5 year olds. Although exceptions are made occasionally, your child must be 3 years of age by August 31 to enroll, unless it is a class designed specifically for toddlers.

 

What do parents do?

  • Work in the classroom, assisting the professional teacher, on a regular basis (typically twice a month).
  • Help manage the school by performing a job like serving on the board or helping to organize field trips.
  • Attend monthly meetings and parent education classes. Topics include such favorites as discipline and sibling rivalry.

 

What do the children do?

The preschool program is run by each school's professional teacher and is developmentally appropriate. Children typically have experiences in art, dramatic play, fine and large motor activities, music, snacks and more.