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

Sept 21 (Thursday), Oct 16 (Monday), Nov 12 (Sunday); 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.

Leadership Conference (Admiral Co-op Preschool) — All Instructors

Sept 26 (Tuesday); 7:00-9:00 PM

Welcome to the 2023/24 school year! At this kick-off and training session co-op leaders will be inspired and prepared to do their important jobs and work together so this year runs smoothly.  

Please attend if you are: President, Vice President, Class Chair, Parent Coordinator, Secretary, Fundraising Lead, Class Fundraising Rep, Site Treasurer, Class/Co-Treasurer, PAC Rep, Community Builder, Health/Safety Coordinator.

Register with your parent education instructor

Infant, Child, & Adult First Aid/CPR/AED training  (SSC Co-op Childcare Building) — Inghram

Oct 17 (Tuesday); 5:30-8:30 PM OR Nov 4 (Saturday); 9:00 AM – Noon

Do you know what to do if a child is choking? Are you skilled in CPR if an adult collapses in class? Do you know which essentials to have in your first aid kit so you are ready for any emergency? Be prepared. This class will be taught by a representative from the very popular and engaging Merit Emergency. Learn or refresh these important skills.

Class fee: $65.  Please bring cash or a check made out to Merit Emergency.

Register with Teacher Jena here.

Mirrors & Windows (Alki Co-op Preschool) — Schill

Oct 19 (Thursday); 7:00-9:00 PM

Children’s literature can be an extremely effective way for parents to start conversations about diversity, equity, and fairness with their children.  One can do this using books in which children can see themselves reflected on the pages (mirrors) and those in which they can see into the lives of people who are different from them (windows).  Come dive into having kid-friendly conversations about race, immigration, diverse families, and more, using some wonderful books as tools!

Register with Teacher Jen here

Parenting Beyond Power (Admiral Co-op Preschool) — Schill

Oct 24 (Tuesday); 7:00-9:00 PM

Do your children resist doing every single thing you ask them to do? Is getting in the car seat (or toothbrushing or sugar or screen time) a constant challenge?  Conventional discipline methods like time-outs, countdowns, and “consequences” teach children that more powerful people can control others–a lesson they take out into the world. Research-based parenting educator Jen Lumanlan instead offers us The Problem-Solving Approach, a simple yet revolutionary framework using connection and collaboration to elevate our parenting and improve relationships with our children.  

Ticket link for registering forthcoming; Limited seating available

Guidance & Discipline for 1-3 year olds (Virtual) — O’Hern/Keithly

Oct 25 (Wednesday); 7:00-9:00 PM

Information on child growth and development, along with age appropriate behavioral expectations will be presented.  Direct and indirect guidance techniques will be discussed along with setting and enforcing limits.

Register with Teacher Sara O. here.

Monster Dash 

Oct 28 (Saturday); 9:00 AM – Noon

The 12th Annual Monster Dash to support our Parent Advisory Council’s Outreach, Equity, and Tuition Assistance initiatives returns to Lincoln Park this year with a costumed 5k trail run/walk, 100 meter Little Monsters Dash (ages 5 and under), and 250 meter Kids Dash (ages 10 and under). Your paid registration includes a t-shirt (all races) and bib with timing chip (5K only).  Email [email protected] for more information on how to get involved with our sponsorship, fundraising, or direct give efforts. Early bird registration is open now – prices increase October 1st. Register, fundraise, or donate here:

Guidance & Discipline for 3-5 year olds (Virtual) — Brock/Inghram

Nov 18 (Saturday); 10:00 AM – Noon

Information on child growth and development along with age appropriate behavioral expectations will be presented. Direct and indirect guidance techniques will be discussed along with setting and enforcing limits.  

Register with Teacher Julie here.

Co-op 101  (SSC Co-op Childcare Building) — Franklin/Carlis

Nov 29 (Wednesday); 7:00-9:00 PM

Your child plays and has fun at preschool each day, but what are they truly learning? You come to school and head to your work station, but what can you be doing to support your child and others in the classroom? In this class, you will learn about the specific ways your child is building foundational math, literacy, and social-emotional skills through play. You will hear more about your role as assistant teacher and how you can enhance the learning for children who visit your area. Finally, we will answer your questions about how to handle some of the most common challenging situations that come up during preschool. This class is for co-op newbies and veterans alike. It is also appropriate for parenting partners, nannies, grandparents, or other caregivers who want to understand “Co-op language”.

Register with Teacher Dawn here

Holiday Gift-making  (SSC Co-op Childcare Building) — O’Hern/Hoglan

Dec 2 (Saturday); 10:00 AM – Noon & Dec 9 (Saturday); 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Help children learn the meaning of gift-giving! This class is designed for an adult and child to spend quality time together creating gifts for family and friends. Come join us for a fun, age-appropriate crafting experience, and leave with several homemade gifts. All materials provided. Dress to get messy. Designed for children 3 to 5 years, working with an adult caregiver. $25.00 supply fee. Class size is limited, register early to ensure your spot.

Register with Teacher Heidi here.