July 30, 2020

Parent Educators have been working hard, along with Classroom Teachers, to come up with a comprehensive plan for school, by age and Phase, starting in September.  The full plan is detailed in the attached PDF, and is also detailed in the chart below. Here is an overview:

How We’ll Stay Safe: 

  • We can’t meet in our preschools (yet) but Co-op is more than our buildings!

How We’ll Adapt:

  • Preschool teachers have plans to provide opportunities for each age and for each Phase 1,2,3 moving smoothly from distance to hybrid to in-person.  Outdoor learning times will be expanded.  Families can access teacher led sessions to use on their own time….and creative resources to do together while home.

How We’ll Connect:

  • Children will stay in consistent peer groups through all Phases.
  • Adults will still meet together with their Parent Educator every month to share ideas and troubleshoot parenting concerns.  Parent Educators will check in at class – no matter the format.  They will offer individual support, too.

How We’ll Thrive:

  • Because we are small, Co-ops can be flexible and responsive.
  • By sticking together during these tough times, we’ll stay together when things open up again…and be stronger parents and families because of it!

Please find how each age group will be taught during each phase here (some terms will be explained below the chart):

ProgramPHASE 1
Remote
PHASE 2
Remote/Outdoor
PHASE 3
Remote/Hybrid
PHASE 4
Hybrid/In-person
Infants/Movers
**For Phase 3 in-person classes, class will be divided into groups A and B to accommodate social-distancing guidelines.
100% Remote
• Weekly activity email
• 10 min asynchronous content
• 1 hour live Zoom w/teacher and instructor.
100% Remote
• Weekly activity email
• 10 min asynchronous content
• 1 hour live Zoom w/teacher and instructor.
50% In-person
• Weekly activity email
• 10 min asynchronous content
• ½ the class meets each week and alternates
95% In-person
• Weekly activity email
• 10 min asynchronous content
• Whole class meets each week
Toddlers/One-Day Classes
**For Phase 3 in-person classes, class will be divided into groups A and B to accommodate social-distancing guidelines.
100% Remote
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• 1 hour live Zoom w/teacher and instructor.
90% Remote
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• 1 hour live Zoom w/teacher and instructor.
• Once a month outdoor day starting in October in place of weekly Zoom meeting
50% In-person
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• ½ the class meets each week and alternates
• Once a month outdoor day in place of in-person class
95% In-person
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• Whole class meets each week
Twos Classes
**For Phases 1-3 remote and in-person classes will be divided into groups A and B to facilitate small group learning and accommodate social-distancing guidelines.

100% Remote
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• 1 Zoom session of 15-20 min. with ½ of the class
• Weekly curriculum kit
90% Remote
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• 1 Zoom session of 15-20 min with ½ of the class
• Weekly curriculum kit
• Once a month outdoor day starting in October
50% In-person
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• Weekly curriculum kit
Alternating days of remote and in-person class
• In-class day
- ½ the class meets each week and alternates
• Remote day
-1 Zoom session of 15-20 min. with ½ of the class
• Once a month outdoor day
95% In-Person
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• Whole class meets on regular schedule each day
Threes Classes
**For Phases 1-3 remote and in-person classes will be divided into groups A and B to facilitate small group learning and accommodate social-distancing guidelines.
100% Remote
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• 3 Zoom sessions 15-20 min with ½ of the class
• Weekly curriculum kit
90% Remote
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• 2 Zoom sessions of 15-20 min circle time – each session with half of the class
• Weekly curriculum kit
• Outdoor day every other week starting in October
50% In-person
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• Weekly curriculum kit
Alternating weeks of remote and in-person
• Remote week
- 2 Zoom sessions, 15-20 min with ½ the class, 1 outdoor day,
• In-person week
- ½ of class meets 2 days, 1 outdoor day,

95% In-person
• Weekly email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• Full class meets on regular schedule each day
Three/Fours Class
**For Phases 1-3 remote and in-person classes will be divided into groups A and B to facilitate small group learning and accommodate social-distancing guidelines.
100% Remote
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• 2 Zoom sessions of 15-20 min. with ½ of the class
• Weekly curriculum kit
90% Remote
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• 2 Zoom sessions of 15-20 min with ½ of the class
• Weekly curriculum kit
• Outdoor day every other week starting in October
50% In-person
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• Weekly curriculum kit
Alternating days of remote and in-person class
• In-class day
- ½ the class meets each week and alternates
• Remote/Outdoor day alternating
-1 Zoom session of 15-20 min. with ½ of the class
- Outdoor day every other week
95% In-Person
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• Whole class meets on regular schedule each day
Pre-K Classes
**For Phases 1-3 remote and in-person classes will be divided into multiple groups to facilitate small group learning and accommodate social-distancing guidelines.
100% Remote
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• 4 Zoom sessions 20-30 min. with ½ of the class
• Weekly curriculum kit
90% Remote
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• 3 Zoom sessions, 20-30 min with ½ the class
• Weekly curriculum kit
• Outdoor day every other week starting in October
50% In-person
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• Weekly curriculum kit
Alternating weeks of remote and in-person
• Remote week
- 3 Zoom sessions, 20-30 min with ½ the class, 1 outdoor day
• In-person week
- 1/3 of class meets each day for 3 days, 1 outdoor day
95% In-person
• Weekly activity email
• 15 min asynchronous content
• Full class meets on regular schedule each day,
Parent Education100% Remote
• Weekly Zoom class with teacher (1-day classes)
• Remote Monthly Adult Meetings (2-4 day classes)
• 1 on 1 parenting check-ins
• Quarterly parent education seminars (online)
90% Remote
• Weekly Zoom class with teacher (one-day classes)
• Remote Monthly Adult Meetings (2-4 day classes)
• Weekly class check-ins (outdoor or Zoom)
• 1 on 1 parenting check-ins
• Quarterly parent education seminars (online)
50% In-person
• Remote Monthly Adult Meetings (2-4 day classes)
• Weekly class check-ins (outdoor, classroom, Zoom)
• 1 on 1 parenting check-ins
• Quarterly parent education seminars (online)
95% In-Person
• In-person Monthly Adult Meetings (2-4 day classes)
• Weekly class check-ins
• 1 on 1 parenting check-ins
• Quarterly parent education seminars in-person

Asynchronous Content = Teacher recorded songs, story time, fingers plays and/or instructions for activities that adults can do with their children.  This content is provided in all 4 Phases to support families unable to attend classes in-person.

Curriculum Kit = Curriculum themed instructions and supplies for activities that families can do at home to support learning.

Outdoor Day = Class days to meet outside in small or whole class groups depending on relevant phase guidelines.  Teachers will provide social-distance appropriate opening/closing rituals, story time, art/science/game activities.

July 8th, 2020

SSC Parenting Educators are hard at work on a proposal for adapted in-person preschool, should King County reach Phase 3 of Stay Home, Stay Healthy. Watch this space for an update the week of July 20th!

June 5th, 2020

As we close out the 2019-20 school year under such surreal and baffling conditions, we are already looking ahead to next fall.  We are listening to our governor, the scientists, and public health officials and wish someone had a crystal ball! 

Understanding that September is still months away and conditions change week to week, we are planning for the 2020-2021 School Year as we would for any year.  The difference is that we aren’t yet sure what the format for Co-op Preschool education and parent education will be.  Be confident that we will resume normal operations as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. 

To make decisions regarding the format of Co-op Preschool we will follow guidelines from the CDC, WA State, WA State Department of Early Learning, King County Public Health Department, Seattle Public Schools, South Seattle College, Organization of Parent Education Programs (OPEP) and local landlords.

At this point some possibilities that we are considering include, but aren’t limited to:  

·         Limiting the number or children and adults in the classrooms

·         Combination of in class and on line content

·         Outdoor sessions

·         Taking temperatures before entering

·         Wearing masks

·         Extra hand washing and hand sanitizing

·         Individual snacks

·         Extra room cleanings before and during class

It is uncomfortable for all of us not to have concrete knowledge regarding the format for Co-op Preschool next year.  If we need to continue in an online format to start the fall, we will take all we’ve learned the last 3 months to create best practices so that content delivery across sites and classes will be consistent.  If we can meet in person to some degree, we will follow previously listed options.  More definitive directives are likely still weeks away. 

SSC Faculty, Preschool Boards, and the Parent Advisory Council will be called into service in a big way well before school starts up again to help make decisions.  If you would like to help your preschool navigate these decisions, please reach out to us with ideas and inquire about serving in a leadership capacity for next school year. We value your input.

Know that your Parent Educators and Children’s Teachers are in this with you.  We have appreciated your flexibility and commitment this spring. Please continue to share your thoughts and concerns with us as we move forward.

With gratitude,

SSC Parent Education Faculty