PARENT EDUCATION CLASSES – WINTER QUARTER 2024

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.

Co-op Butterfly Families (Virtual Discussion Group) — Schill

Jan 16 and/or Feb 11 (Tue, Sun); 7:00-9:00 PM

Co-op’s monthly discussion group for families with children with higher needs and sensitivities, frustrating behaviors and/or more vulnerable/reactive nervous systems. The purpose of the group is to learn from one another, offering support, experiences, and resources, as well as building community and connection. Group members have found that spending time in a non-judgmental space with other adults who “get it” truly decreases the sense of loneliness and isolation so many are feeling. Wherever you are on your journey–ranging from a subtle observation you or your teacher has made, on up through formal diagnoses and services–all are welcome.  If you would like to participate and/or need further information, please contact Teacher Jen here.

From Co-op to Kindergarten (Admiral Co-op Preschool) — Franklin/Schill

Jan 24 (Wednesday); 7:00–9:00 PM

Wondering what play-based learning looks like the year before kindergarten? Heard that kindergarten is the new first grade? Feeling the pressure to choose an academically rigorous pre-k program? Replace worry with information in this evening devoted to understanding how co-op equips children with the skills necessary to thrive in elementary school. Join our panel of pre-k teachers and parents of co-op alumni to answer all of your burning questions.

Register with Teacher Jen here

Parenting in the Age of Anxiety (Virtual) — O’Hern/Schill

Jan 27 (Saturday); 10:00–12:00 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. 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.

Register with Teacher Jen here

Building Sibling Relationships Part 1 (White Center Co-op Preschool) — Franklin/Brock

Jan 29 (Monday); 7:00-9:00 PM 

While sibling relationships can cause a great deal of family stress, they also provide potential for lifelong emotional support, companionship, and the development of crucial social and interpersonal skills. In this class, we look at ways to strengthen and build better sibling relationships, as well as what to do in the thick of sibling struggles. (Part 2 will be listed on the spring calendar.)

Register with Teacher Dawn here

Goodbye Diapers! (Virtual) — Lim/Keithly

Feb 27 (Tuesday); 7:00-9:00 PM

When to begin? How to start and proceed? Has it been hard? This seminar will help your child gain success whether you are thinking about starting or are already in the middle of it. Come with your experiences, attitudes and frustrations, we will leave time to discuss it all. 

Register with Teacher Helen here.

Improv for Wellness (Alki Co-op Preschool) – Giomi/Schill

Feb 29 (Thursday); 7:00-9:00 PM

Combining established wellness practices, improvisation, and theater techniques this beginner-friendly session will provide accessible, embodied tools for self-empowerment across mind, body, and spirit. Through playing with solo & group Improv activities, free writes, and group discussions, we will discover how to reclaim and expand our identities while identifying practical tools for self-reflection & connection with others. By drawing upon our inherent creativity, we’ll learn to identify & commit to our desires, boundaries, and dreams within all aspects of our lives.

Ticket link here