The new School year has started! Thanks to all involved parents, teachers, board members, and of course our brave children who have to adapt to a situation of social distancing, we were able to launch the 2020/2021 QACP school year in difficult times. Most of our classes are virtual for now with our teachers Tamara, Kris, Monica and Nanci providing an exciting curriculum and personal get-together time. In addition our parent educators Jamie and Kristina are helping with much-needed support for the mental well-being of parents and caregivers.
We recently hosted our first outdoor playtime on the lawn in front of the school. Big shoutout to our teachers for organizing and making this a safe event with proper sanitization and social distancing in place. Our kids enjoyed seeing each other, baking cakes and decorating pumpkins for Halloween.
Note to parents: Although we started the school year, you are still welcome to join our classes, or just drop in for a try-out. Head to the classes page to learn about our different classes for children from infants to fives.
Daily Routine: Opening, Activity Centers (free play), Music, Sharing, Hand Wash/Snack, Large Motor, Closing
A little more “worldly-wise”, with greater vocabulary, and sense of self, this class offers fun ways for children to work together in groups through collaborative activities (building, imaginative play, etc.). With a two out of the three days drop-off, it’s an opportunity for children to learn to be even more independent and rely on trusted adults for assistance. Longer circle time, greater emphasis on story-telling, conversations, and following instructions are emphasized. Pre-academic skills, such as counting, spelling, using scissors, among others, are introduced.
The Enrichment Class:
Schedule: Fridays from 12:45-3:45 for existing students ages 3-5. This class is an optional add-on to the existing preschool students.
Daily Routine: The Enrichment Class is led by the teacher and focuses mainly on STEM concepts (science, technology, engineering and math). Students are led to explore their world through play and guided inquiry. During a typical class, children experience gross motor activities, music, stories, experiments, choice time and outdoor time.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of early childhood development.
Experience with recognizing areas of developmental concerns.
Ability to implement age-appropriate classroom management practices.
Understand and use various ECE assessment techniques to guide curriculum planning.
Excellent communication skills with both children and adults.
Energetic, enthusiastic, and warm personality.
Ability to identify and address issues with individual children or parents.
Leadership and organizational skills.
Ability to train and direct teaching assistants.
CREDENTIALS AND EXPERIENCE:
BA or AA in Early Childhood Education or related field strongly preferred.
CPR and first aid certification required.
Previous experience (as a teacher or parent) in a cooperative preschool environment preferred.
Previous experience supervising others in a work environment preferred.
Job Type: Part-time
Salary: $ /hour Dependent On Experience
To apply please send a resume, teaching philosophy statement, two professional references (name/email/phone), and a sample week-long lesson plan (3-5 year olds) to QACP.ViceChair@gmail.com
Dr. Markham is the bestselling author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: which one of the eight best books on how to raise toddlers. And Queen Anne Cooperative Preschool welcomes you for a two hour conversation with Dr. Laura Markham where she will discuss “Helping Kids WANT to Cooperate Without Yelling, Threats, Bribes or Punishment”. Dr. Markham is trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Columbia University, but she’s also a mom, so she understands kids — and parents! Dr. Laura Markham’s relationship-based parenting model, which she calls Peaceful Parenting, has helped thousands of families across the U.S. and Canada find compassionate, common-sense solutions to everything from separation anxiety and sleep problems to sass talk and cell phones.. And she translates proven science into the practical solutions you need for the family life you want.
“Co-op education brings together the expertise of parents and teachers to create an educational and rewarding experience for both children and adults. As a parent educator, by offering information, child rearing and educational strategies, and by building community and confidence, I hope to contribute to the growth of this community,” was a message that QACP’s Parent Educator, Jamie Cho, PhD wrote for a QA Co-Op blog post during August 2018.
The following items from Jamie contain advice and early childhood development “gems” she forwarded to QACP’s Internal Communications committee during the school year. As our 2017-18 classes wind to a close, we encourage our members to check out the information and contact Jamie directly with any questions, concerns, and/or for more ParentEd recommendations!
Being present and listening to others allows for open and thoughtful dialogue.
It makes our community closer and fosters trust and reciprocity.
Let’s all unleash the power of listening and the benefits it provides to our community.
How do we improve our listening?
The first step is to learn to be present to another person, putting aside our agenda, opinion and story to allow another to speak fully.
The second step is to allow for silence in a conversation, for it is in witnessed silence that others are able to hear themselves “think out loud.”
The third step is to let another person know what you have heard them say, again, without voicing your opinion, by just letting their story be retold without your interpretation.
~To address emotion, we simply name it;
“You seem sad/mad/frustrated/_ about this,”
is often all we need to say.~
Our focused presence is what others need.
Good listening can make or break relationships and partnerships.
LET’S GIVE IT FREELY!
MORE PARENT-ED CONCEPTS & RESOURCES:
“Mirror Talk” and “Why Read 20 minutes at Home?” are both handouts available from QACP Parent Educator, Jamie Cho, by just emailing Internal Communications.
The Department of Early Learning (DEL), in partnership with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and Thrive Washington, has published the Early Learning and Development Guidelines (PDF) for children from birth through third grade. Caregivers at QACP are encouraged to utilize this resource.
“People First Language:” Jamie thought this was a great piece articulating the importance of people first language and said we should always remember that every individual has strengths and cannot be defined by their limitations.
“Five Best Toys of All Time:” was sent out by one of Jamie’s teachers. She loved the article and felt compelled to pass it on to her co-ops and QACP’s InternalCom.
Thank you: QACP Members, Auction Sponsors, and Generous Donors!
At Queen Anne Cooperative Preschool we once again put the “fun” in fundraising with our annual silent and live auction.
Each year the auction night is one of the highlights of our experience at QACP– and 2018 was no different.
It was a chance to socialize with friends, bid on exciting items, and support our beloved school.
Ensuring the school’s financial stability is a crucial part of our job as QACP members and we are all grateful for the roles that everyone played at this year’s fundraising auction!
All-School Announcements: Join the QACP Board!
Along with working with their children in class once a week, parents have the option to take on varied responsibilities, including serving on our preschool’s board (email@example.com).
Members with board leadership positions participate in monthly board meetings, and in addition to their independent job functions, act as member representatives to the governing body of our school.
All major decisions require a majority vote by the board, and board minutes are made available to every member (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Each co-op member, regardless of their job, are always invited to attend regular board meetings and also encouraged to inquire about vacancies on the current or upcoming year’s school board.
QACP is Hiring: 2018-19 Main Classroom Teacher Needed!
Queen Anne Cooperative Preschool has served children and their families for many decades, making us an established cooperative preschool in Seattle, WA.
We operate in conjunction with the Seattle Central College Parent Education Department to provide preschool classesfor children 1-5 years old and to further the education of parents and caregivers in early childhood development principles.
Our philosophy emphasizes socialization and play-based learning. Parents and teachers work together to enable young minds to grow in an enriching, fun, and educational environment.
Currently, we are seeking a part-time teacher for three to four days a week. Classes will start in September 2018 with the final schedule to be determined.
Additional responsibilities include attending and reporting at board meetings, staff meetings, and class meetings (each held once per month).
The right candidate for this position will have strong skills in directing and working with adults plus the enthusiasm and energy to lead preschoolers in engaging experiences; both in and out of the classroom.
To apply, please send: a resume, teaching philosophy statement, two professional references (name/email/phone), and a sample week-long Pre-K lesson plan to QACP.ViceChair@gmail.com.
Save the Date: Farewell and Congratulations to Linda Capps!
Saturday, June 2nd from 1-3pm at Montlake Community Center (1618 E. Calhoun St. Seattle, WA 98112) is the big QACP retirementparty for our very own Teacher Linda. MCC is centrally located in a quiet neighborhood on Portage Bay south of UW & 520 just west of the Washington Park Arboretum (http://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/centers/montlake-community-center).
Linda Capps started at the Queen Anne Cooperative Preschool in 1986. She taught all of the classes for a number of years, but over the last ten years has served as our lead teacher while working with several co-teachers at QACP. Linda’s B.A. degree is from the University of Washington and is in education and English (https://queenannecoop.org/about-2/teachers/).
Teacher Linda discovered cooperative preschools in 1980 when her son was 2 years old, and then participated as a parent and board member over the next six years while her son and daughter attended a co-op affiliated with Shoreline Community College (http://www.shoreline.edu/). Linda’s childhood dream of teaching became an amazing journey filled with the opportunity to be a part of hundreds of young lives. Experiencing the vitality, wonder, and joy of so many QACP preschoolers has been a daily gift for her.
Watch class google group emails for more info and to confirm your attendance at this event via electronic invitation. Additionally, if you know individuals that remember Teacher Linda from her career at QACP and would like send congratulations and/or also attend this family-friendly, community celebration, please write our school’s Events Chair (email@example.com) with their email address and contact information.
As a mother of two (2) two-year-olds, we are in the “thick of it” at our house. Add two big kids and a puppy, and we are talking about poop ALL THE TIME. Even though it is my New Year’s resolution to be more patient and remember to look at things from another point of view, I often forget. That is why it was such a gift to be able to work with someone else’s child in class today.
I was stationed in the Dramatic Play area my first day at co-op and I didn’t really have many customers. My little girl came over to do some shopping and have a baby tea party. And I think my little guy only came by one time. I had a few other sweet girls climbing to the top of the playhouse for a brief minute and that was it.
The excitement came further into the *open* play hour. One of the little girls was “downstairs” in the house and looked at me really funny. I knew she’d had an accident. What I didn’t know is that she was wearing her big girl underwear or how I was going to find what I would need to help her. I took her hand and told her it was OK. She followed me happily.
While asking where the clean supplies were, we discovered that she had a grown-up there that morning in class. This kiddo also had an adult there that was now disappointed in herself that she had forgotten to bring some extra clothes. With a little investigating though, we found some clean pants, socks, and underwear (pink monkeys!) in the closet. Disaster, drama, and disappointment averted. I handed the girl back to her grownup and went back to Dramatic Play.
Shortly after, another “perceptive parent” noticed that there was actually a little puddle in the playhouse. As I grabbed a towel and started cleaning, I had to steer a little boy away from the mess. The moment I took his hand though, I realized that he, too, had had a little accident. So the original sharp-eyed mama got to work cleaning the playhouse puddle and I took our sweet little guy to the bathroom.
Luckily, this guy was in a pull-up. I put him up on the QACP kiddo-bathroom changing table and got to work. I removed his shoes first and what big feet he had for a tiny tyke! Then I got to the pants and the dirty pull-up. He did such a good job following directions, doing exactly as I asked of him.
Once we had the new pull-up and his pants and shoes back on, we went over to the sink. We washed hands, blew his runny nose, and held hands on the way back to class. Teacher Linda was *in-tune* to the two situations and apologized that I had to change another child’s diaper. But it’s really no big deal. As I mentioned, we have a lot of poop at my house and it’s just part of the job.
I did exactly what I would hope another caregiver would do for my children in the same situation. What I didn’t realize was what a bond I was forging with those kiddos! As a new parent to the co-op class group, I am still learning some children’s names and hardly even recognize half of the adults at this stage in the class.
But, now I noticed a wonderful warmth from this boy and this girl for the rest of the day. Sweet smiles and a closeness that I truly hope continues. Thank you for letting me be a part of your group and for reminding me to take the time to help them, all of them. They are only little once!
This link is full of fun and easy potty training tips that I found for others to check out plus watch for a blog on encouraging fellow parents to not to be too frustrated with their little one’s potty training journey. This chapter in our parenting can drive even the most patient grownup to lose their cool about toileting situations. Stay tuned, QACP 🙂
An excerpt from that September 2017 piece originally e-published in “World Economic Forum (WEF)” puts forth the idea that, “Every child begins their journey through life with an incredible potential: a creative mindset that approaches the world with curiosity, with questions, and with a desire to learn about the world and themselves through play.”
The on-line article goes on to address the question, “Where can your kids learn creativity and critical thinking?” and postulates that, “The answer is simpler than you think…Different forms of play provide children with the opportunity to develop social, emotional, physical and creative skills in addition to cognitive ones.”
Many members of QACP cite a top reason for joining and continuing at a cooperative preschool site with their child is time spent each week on an assigned work day to interact with their child and his/her peers in a play-based environment.
“The natural ability of children to learn through play may be the best-kept, low-cost secret for addressing the skills agenda with potential to equip both our children and our economies to thrive,” is concluded at the end of WEF’s aforementioned article (15 Sep 2017, Schöning¹ & Witcomb²).
Mirjam Schöning, Head of Learning through Play in Early Childhood programme, The Lego Foundation
HOW IS QUEEN ANNE COOPERATIVE PRESCHOOL (QACP) UNIQUE?
Serving children and their families for generations, QACP is among Seattle’s oldest cooperative preschools. Parents and teachers work together to enable young minds in exploring the world in a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment.
QA Co-op’s philosophy emphasizes socialization and play-based learning. Interaction with Parent Educators affiliated with Seattle Central College (SCC) offers parents an opportunity to gain further insights to meet their children’s physical, intellectual and social/emotional needs.
Parents are an integral part of the success of QACP. Our co-op strives to create a community where both caregivers and children are supported through early childhood and beyond through the connections they have made with other co-op families.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN REGISTERING A CHILD FOR QACP?
Below is a breakdown of the most commonly asked questions regarding enrollment:
1.) What do I pay at time of internal or external (open) registration?
You will need to budget for first and last months’ tuition plus and a non-refundable registration fee of $100/child (and $45 per sibling).
2.) What is due in the fall or when registering (if joining mid-year)?
Two non-refundable auction night tickets at a total cost of $120 per family. This event is our annual fundraiser and your fee covers a meal, refreshments, and entertainment for one couple (two adults). Raffles and drawings will also take place that evening along with silent/live auctions. Your balance of tuition via a monthly or yearly payment schedule will also need to be secured ASAP.
3.) Are there payment plans, discounts, and/or scholarship options available ?
QACP strives to include a financial aid fund in its annual budget and aid or payment plans may be requested at any time during the year. Please review the on-line Scholarship Form for more information or contact the QA Co-Op Treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
4.) What if I am interested in seeing the classroom, facilities, and touring your site?
Set up an appointment by emailing our Admissions Team at email@example.com to attend one of the upcoming, interactive, and family-friendly guided tours we regularly offer prospective members.
5.) Are there upcoming registration deadlines? How do I enroll my child for class?
We are excited that you are considering applying for admission to QACP! Our school year runs mid-September through mid-June, but members also do join mid-year based on teacher discretion. If you wish to review the class options further, please visit the classes page. Open registration for the 2018-19 school year runs from February 5th to February 26th, 2018 and may be accessed via our on-line registration e-portal Jovial.
“Pick Your School Before Moving Day” by Alex Robbins of Safety Today was reviewed/edited by a QACP member parent during Winter 2018. QA Co-op’s Internal Communications Team wanted to share what she had to say: “this is a helpful article to put in full view all the *advice* you are offered as parents, especially during preschool open-house season! From what would be community expectations to ensuring safety, open communication, and implementation strategies, Mr. Robbins provides solid objectives.”
When it comes to moving to a new home, you will likely do a lot of research. Everyone needs to find a good realtor, explore different communities, and wade through the paperwork that comes with buying or renting a new place to live with your family.
In all that effort, don’t forget about your new school district. Your children will need a good place to develop academically and socially. Going to a questionable facility could cause some lasting harm. But what could you do from afar? If you can find a new home despite not living there, then you can also find some great academic options. Believe it or not, this process starts by first thoroughly examining your chosen school’s region.
Why The Surrounding Physical Area Is Important
As you check out places to live, you’re probably paying attention to the neighborhood. Living in a statistically high-crime region, for example, might provide low rent or mortgages, but those areas can also pose safety risks. The same is true for a school’s district, which might not be the same neighborhood as where you find a residence. Evidence suggests that problematic neighborhoods may potentially lead to elevated household/family member stress and risks .
If you do live close to where you are likely moving, take time during a school day to drive around the surrounding area. But if you’re currently too far away to make that trip work, you can always check out a computer program like “Google Earth” online and take a virtual tour of the region.
Here’s what you’re potentially looking for:
Are there an abnormal number of kids out that should be in school?
Do houses and stores have physical damage and/or graffiti?
Do you suspect illegal activity regularly going on in the area?
Are there abandoned buildings and vacant homes or businesses?
Are the streets littered with trash and other non-residential items?
Many of these are signs that you might want to pick a different place for your children to attend school.
Speak To School Leadership Officials First
After looking around online, you found what looks like a great school. Before enrolling your kids, you should speak to the administration and talk to them about their facility.
Why should you enroll your infant, toddler, and/or child there?
What does the school or program focus on the most daily?
How will teachers adjust to your kids’ strengths and needs?
What resources are present to ensure your children thrive?
How does the place help kids feel safe, heard, and at home?
There are alternatives to traditional public schools these days, but as Time.com explains, be wary of making choices based solely a school’s name. Charter, private, and magnet schools might sound like a perfect fit, but those can be just classifications. Schools free from “regulations” are also able to hire marginal teachers and/or skip essential curricula.
How To Switch Schools If Necessary
You did your research and found a school that should work. Sometime later, you start to realize that this school is not a great fit for your child or family. Possibly the classroom environment isn’t helpful to your kids, or maybe school officials weren’t quite as transparent as you personally needed them to be. Can you do anything to change things?
Work with your current school first. Explain your concerns and see if they might help. If not, you could withdraw your child and go to a new one. Remember, care-based programs may be easier to change versus elementary, middle, and/or high school ones. However, the process of formal “school withdrawal” does vary from state to state. The website HSLDA.org has an informative page where you can research your state’s particular laws and regulations about school choice, including cooperative or homeschooling options.
You Can Find A Great Place For Your Kids
You want the best for your children, which is why you would need to possibly pick your school before physically moving into a new region. Check out the surrounding area and talk to officials there about your concerns and what they can potentially provide for your children’s education. And, if you make a less-than-perfect choice, you can find a new school to send your kids with some extra research, conversations, and persistence.
Mr. Alex Robbins is the father of three lively boys. He considers home safety to be a number one priority and is part of the wonderful team at Safety Today, a community of parents and professionals promoting safety in the home and the community.
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.
ALLadults 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.
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.
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.
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.