“The Parent-Ed Connection between QACP/SCC,” by Jamie Cho & Kate Calhoun

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The two parent educators assigned to Queen Anne Cooperative Preschool are Kate Calhoun and Jamie Cho. Kate and Jamie are faculty at Seattle Central College. They are hired and paid for by the college. Queen Anne is one of seven cooperative preschools affiliated with Seattle Central College.

There are many additional co-op preschools located throughout the state of Washington – with 1000’s of parents taking for Parent Education classes. The first programs started in the early 1940’s by the Seattle School District.

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ALL adults at QACP are enrolled students in the Parent Education Department at SCC. All children at QACP are enrolled students at QACP.

There are three areas of focus for parent education: laboratory, lecture and logistical. Parent Educators are available to support and participate in all three areas of experience.

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Laboratory: This occurs when the preschool is in session and the parents are active in the classroom as teacher assistants.

The parents will be planning and preparing snack, cleaning, helping the children follow the schedule of the day and supporting their play.

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Lecture: This occurs at a parent meeting but may also occur in or outside of class when there is direct contact with the parent educator and there is any dissemination of information through discussion, reading material, or infrequently, lecture. The focus is to present parents with research and strategies for parenting young children.

The parent meeting is an important time to address classroom and at-home issues so that helpful information can be provided no only from the parent educator but from other parents as well.

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Logistical: This refers to the class jobs or committee work that parents do outside of the class. This area of experience primarily includes the tasks done for the execution of the class job or committee task.

Members are expected to support the operation of the coop in some way through their class or committee job.

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