“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 


Sensory Processing Challenges: Strategies You Can Try at Home (Skeffington)

Saturday, January 12th 10:00am-12:00pm

SSC Campus, Rainier Hall 202

Come learn about the basics of sensory processing and when to seek out support. Carey Goldenberg, Occupational Therapist and CEO Seattle Therapy Network will facilitate this discussion on ways to ensure your child has adequate sensory input throughout the week at home, community, and in the classroom. Our intention for the morning is for you to gain and explore a repertoire of tools to help you support your child’s individual sensory needs. Register with Teacher Charlotte here 


Adult & Pediatric CPR Certification (Skeffington)

Tuesday, January 15th 6:30-8:30pm

SSC Campus, Rainier Hall 201 (Climber/Music Room of Classroom)

Begin the new year learning lifesaving skills from Merit Emergency Education & Training! Pediatric CPR teaches people to prevent, recognize and respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in infants and children. The Adult CPR Certification provides lifesaving skills for cardiac arrest emergencies. CPR includes chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. We will also carry out the process of using an AED. Each certification meets the Washington State Health and Safety Standards. Class fee: $60. Bring cash or check made payable to Merrit Emergency on the night of our class. Register with Teacher Charlotte here 


Will My Child Be Ready for Kindergarten? (Ushimaru)

Tuesday, January 22nd 7 – 9 PM

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

Doubting that Co-op kids learn academic content when it looks like they are just having fun? Heard that Kindergarten is the new First Grade? Replace worry with information in this evening devoted to understanding the science of how children learn. Explore the subtle yet powerful changes that build from Co-op 2’s to 3’s to culminating in a Co-op Pre-K class as aligned with WaKIDS Washington State Kindergarten Entrance Guidelines. Sharing how her practical experience is based on the latest research, Kylene Ushimaru is a Pre-K teacher who has graduated many successful learners. A panel of parents whose children are Co-op Graduates will be ready to answer your questions and share how their preschool choices did or didn’t prepare for their children for Kindergarten. The panel will include a parent who teaches in elementary school and will share “real world” issues children face. Register with Teacher Kylene here 


What’s the Big Secret? (Ushimaru)

Tuesday, January 29th 7:00 – 9:00 PM

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

When and how do you talk to your children about sexuality? Where do you start? How do you answer questions in a developmentally appropriate way? Children are learning about sexuality from the moment they are born and you are your child’s primary sex educator. This seminar will equip you with some communication skills and resources to make the process of identifying and sharing your values and information more comfortable for you and your child. Register with Teacher Kylene here 


Leadership Returns—for Co-op Leaders (Schill/Huntley)

Wednesday, Jan 30 7:00 – 9:00 PM

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

It’s almost the middle of the school year! Either notes from the Leadership Conference finally make sense, or issues have come up that could use a sounding board with fellow officers or Parenting Instructors. Some second-half-of the year processes are also approaching—feedback surveys, registration/visiting for next year, teacher agreement discussions. Meetings not as smooth as you hoped? Policies need updating? Group not cohesive? Even if things are going smoothly for YOU, you can share tips with fellow leaders. Register with Teacher Becky here 


Ask a Parent Instructor – A Virtual Parent Education Opportunity (Schill)

Thursday, Feb 14th 8:00am-5:00pm

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 Thursday, February 14th, 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 Schill will respond with ideas, options, advice, and all-around support.

Go to the SSC Cooperative Preschools Facebook Page


Angst – Documentary Screening (Schill/Giomi)

Monday, February 25th, 7:00pm

Fairmount Park Elementary 3800 SW Findlay. Event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.

Angst is a documentary that looks at anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do about it. Angst will feature interviews with kids and young adults who suffer or have suffered from anxiety, and what they’ve learned. The film also includes experts charged with helping people manage their anxiety, and those who focus on researching its causes and sociological effects, while offering tools and resources that provide hope. The project will explore a conversation about anxiety from a peer-to-peer standpoint that is intimate, honest and accessible. 


The Opposite of Worry: A Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxiety and Fear (Schill/Giomi)

Thursday, February 28th, 2019 7:00pm

South Seattle College – 6000 16th Ave SW -The Brockey Center

Tickets available here.

Whether it’s the monster in the closet or the fear that arises from new social situations, school, or sports, anxiety can be especially challenging and maddening for children. And since anxiety has a mind of its own, logic and reassurance often fail, leaving parents increasingly frustrated about how to help. Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., the author of Playful Parenting and The Opposite of Worry will discuss simple, effective strategies that build connection and dampen anxiety through fun, play, and empathy.