PARENT EDUCATION CLASSES – WINTER QUARTER 2021

These Home and Family Life seminars are FREE (except ticketed events) 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 welcome!  Adults only please unless noted on the class description. 

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Tuesday January 14th All Day (Schill)

Wanted to attend a seminar but couldn’t get away that night?  Suffering from Zoom fatigue and looking for an option you can do asynchronously? Never fear, we’re here to help!  On Thursday, January 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.  

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Grace, Grit, and Growth Mindset: Life Skills Children Need to Thrive in the World

Tuesday January 19th  7:00-9:00pm – Virtual Class (Franklin)

Want to better understand the science behind how children learn? What kinds of skills should we, as parents, focus on teaching our children? And how do we do it? In this seminar, we will take a closer look at fascinating research from experts in the fields of child development, psychology, and neuroscience to discover the essential skills children need to thrive in the world in the short and long term. You will come away with simple, effective strategies to promote engaged learning at home with your preschoolers.

Register with Teacher Dawn here


Co-op Butterfly Families (Ongoing Discussion Group)

Second Sundays: January 10th and February 7th – times TBD (Schill) 

Virtual discussion via Zoom

Co-op’s monthly discussion group for families with children with higher needs/sensitivities. The purpose of the group is to learn from one another, offering support, experiences, and resources, as well as building community and connection.  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 Jen Schill


Sensory Processing Challenges: Strategies You Can Try at Home 

Wednesday, January 20th, 7:00-9:00 PM   Virtual class (Skeffington)

Hear from Carey Goldenberg, Occupational Therapist and CEO Seattle Therapy Network about the basics of sensory processing and when to seek out support. She will share ways to ensure your child has adequate sensory input throughout the week. The aim of this session 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


What’s the Big Secret? 

Monday, January 25th 7:00 – 9:00 PM Virtual Class (Ushimaru)

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 at with Teacher Kylene here.


Building Sibling Relationships – Siblings Part I: What to do and what to avoid in the thick of sibling struggles

Tuesday January 26th 7:30-9 pm  Virtual class  (Skeffington)

Family life is challenging enough during ordinary times. Kids and adults alike are learning basic skills to get their needs met without attacking others. So right now, in the middle of a pandemic, it’s not surprising that many homes with siblings feel like pressure cookers. If your children are at each other’s throats and you’re at your wit’s end, you’re not alone. Sibling relationships can cause a great deal of family stress but can also be beneficial and rewarding. In this TWO-PART class, we will look at some common mistakes made when trying to help children with sibling struggles, as well as ways to better support healthy sibling relationships especially during periods of forced togetherness. The content will be shared over two classes; participation in both is recommended.

Register at with Teacher Charlotte here.


Goodbye Diapers!

Wednesday, January 27nd  7:00 – 9:00 PM Virtual Class (Huntley)

When to Begin?  How to start and proceed?  This class will offer information to help your child gain success.  We will have time to discuss parent attitudes and frustrations.

Register with Teacher Becky here


The Internal Life of Introverts 

Thursday, January 28th 7:00 – 9:00 PM Virtual Class (Schill)

Do you have a child who hangs back in unfamiliar situations?  Who seems to become suddenly quiet in a group instead of their usual talkative self?  We’ll explore the wonderful, private world of the introvert, see how they are hard-wired to process the world, and learn ways to make sure your “innie” gets the tools and support they need to thrive in our extroverted world

Register with Teacher Jen here.


Living Between the Races

Monday, February 22nd , 7:00-9:00 PM Virtual Class (Ushimaru)

Let’s get together and talk about raising multi-racial and transracially adopted children.  Most parents do not have firsthand experience of what it is like being multiracial or of a different race.  At this seminar we will talk about educating ourselves, how to teach our children to live in an ethnically diverse area, learn about local resources and how to educate others when you receive unkind statements or unwanted questions.  Bring photos of your children to share for this evening of questions, answers and discussion.

 Register with Teacher Kylene here.

Undoing Racism & Teaching Equity to Our Children

Tuesday, February 23rd 6:30-8:30 PM Virtual Class (Schill)

Presented by Families of Color Seattle (FOCS), facilitators will lead the workshop providing more tools for parents to talk with children and each other about race, bias, racism, and anti-racism. They will explore systemic racism and parents’ own understanding of their racial identity, power, privilege, and oppression. The workshop will include presentation, dialogue, and breakout groups. 

RSVP with Teacher Jen here

Building Sibling Relationships   Siblings Part II: Ways to support healthy sibling relationships, especially during periods of forced togetherness

Thursday, February 25th 7:30-9 pm Virtual class (Skeffington)

Family life is challenging enough during ordinary times. Kids and adults alike are learning basic skills to get their needs met without attacking others. So right now, in the middle of a pandemic, it’s not surprising that many homes with siblings feel like pressure cookers. If your children are at each other’s throats and you’re at your wit’s end, you’re not alone. Sibling relationships can cause a great deal of family stress but can also be beneficial and rewarding. In this TWO-PART class, we will look at some common mistakes made when trying to help children with sibling struggles, as well as ways to better support healthy sibling relationships especially during periods of forced togetherness. The content will be shared over two classes; participation in both is recommended.

Register with Teacher Charlotte here

Incorporating Parenting Methods & How Each Works with Your Child’s Brain

Saturday February 27th, 10 am -12pm Virtual Class (Peralta)

There are so many ways to teach children our behavior expectations. Which one is right for your family? Are time outs really making a difference? Is redirecting getting the message across? Why do things only work sometimes? Bring your questions about seemingly conflicting parenting approaches to this discussion, and we’ll talk about the roles they can play in helping your child develop. 

Register with Teacher Betty here