“It is not the parent who seems to do it all perfectly who is to be admired. It is the one who recognizes his or her own failings and is willing to keep growing.” Dr. H. Wallace Goddard

These parenting seminars are included in tuition for adult members of SSC Cooperative Preschools.  Attending one seminar fulfills the requirement for one quarter – but you may attend as many as you like.  Partners, nannies, grandparents welcome!   Not a current Co-op member?  Contact the instructor to see if there is space.

Adults only please unless noted in the class description.

RSVP is required – please visit our calendar page to do so, or contact your parent educator.

**Seminars are on hiatus over the summer, but check back here in the fall for a new lineup!  In the meantime, please see the Spring 2018 lineup below to get an idea of the amazing depth and breadth of topics we offer.**

Ask a Parent Instructor – A Virtual Parent Education Opportunity:                                                                 Schill                                                 

March 27, Tues, all day

Wanted to attend a seminar but couldn’t get away that night? Made it almost to the door but little one had a meltdown? Never fear, we’re here to help!  On Tuesday, March 27th, visit the SSC Preschool Facebook page with your burning questions and areas of concern or interest.  Ask your question and at the end of the day, Parent Instructor Jen                                                      

Go to Facebook                                     https://www.facebook.com/SSCCooperativePreschools

Make a Book, Share a Story                                   Wainwright

Apr 7, Sat 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Spend a morning with your child creating a variety of books to spark enthusiasm for literature and writing. The children will also have an opportunity to write and illustrate a story to share.

For children ages 3 1/2-5 and an adult (one adult per child please). Class size is limited. To hold your place in the class send a $3.00 supply fee check made out to Jane Wainwright and mail to Tibbetts  Church address below. Attn: Teacher Jane.   

Admiral Cooperative Preschool – Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Ave SW  98116


How to Be a Remarkably Average Parent               Huntley

Apr 19, Thu 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Yep, tired of trying to do everything right.  It’s time to aim for good enough. Time to look at those not-so-nice feelings that we all have….and laugh together to keep from crying.

Maybe there are no solutions (THAT would put us right back into the trying-to-do-right category anyway) but let’s get together and talk anyway.

(Oh, and there is a pretty remarkable book with almost the same title. Surely that means we are not alone)


Admiral Cooperative Preschool

Tibbetts United Methodist Church 3940 41st Ave SW

Guardian Nomination FUNDRAISING Workshop          Hirshberg

Apr 21, Sat 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM OR

Apr 25, Wed 7:00 – 9:00 PM

69% of parents have not named legal guardians for their kids.  That means those kids are at risk of being raised by the wrong people (decided by the Court) if something happens to their parents.  While it might seem the likelihood of that is slim, the impact is severe.  It’s worth handling properly.

During this fundraising workshop, attorney Jenny Ling will guide you through the process of nominating guardians for your children and help you avoid 1 of 6 all too common mistakes parents make when nominating guardians. Parents will have documents completed for guardian nomination at the end of the workshop. It is thus essential that both parents attend. Jenny will also provide you with important information for you to consider in thinking about your own estate planning.

Each couple is asked to donate $50 to PAC (to support the PAC scholarship fund for SSC Co-Op Preschool!) for attending the workshop. Space is limited to 10 couples.

Jenny Ling is a Trust and Estate attorney focusing on the needs of families with young children.  She is a Co-Op parent, and lives with her husband Michael and son Ross in West Seattle

                                          Register at wendihirsh@comcast.net

Rainier Hall 202

South Seattle College, 6000 16th Ave SW 98106


Race to Where?                                           Giomi                                 

Apr 24, Tue 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Every year “academic” standards are raised for our children. The push to get them involved in structured activities starts younger and younger and the pressure on parents to prepare their children to compete in a “global economy” increases. We are racing faster and faster toward the future. But, what are we racing toward? Does everything need to happen faster? Spend an evening exploring “the race”, how it affects our children and if and when we want to participate.                       

Alki Cooperative Preschool

Alki United Church of Christ, 6115 SW Hinds St  98116

Making the most of reading aloud with your child          

Apr 28, Sat 1:30 – 3:00 PM                                            Skeffington

Early language and literacy (reading and writing) development begins in the first 3 years of life and is closely linked to a child’s earliest experiences with books and stories. Reading aloud is a fun and effective way to connect with your child. However, it’s not always easy. How in the world are you supposed to read a wordless picture book out loud? Come discuss developmentally appropriate story formats, features, content, and language. And become familiar with early literacy behaviors. We’ll go beyond just

reading the words on the page by trying out various ways to share stories with your infant, toddler, and preschooler.

Rainier Hall 201

South Seattle College, 6000 16th Ave SW 98106

Parenting in the Age of Anxiety                                      Schill

May 17, Thu 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Do you have an anxious child?  Do you trend anxious yourself?  Our hurry up world with its 24/7 news cycle and oceans of information is certainly no help and it can be difficult to know how to successfully offer comfort and support to our children.  Come join us to learn what anxiety is, the physiology of the anxious response, and how to care for ourselves and our children when our nervous systems start to run away from us.

Rainier Hall 201

South Seattle College, 6000 16th Ave SW 98106