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. 

Co-op Butterfly Families (Ongoing Discussion Group)

Sundays: March 14th, 7:30pm, April 11th, 3:00pm, May 16th, 7:30pm (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 

Thursday, March 18th, 7:00-9:00 PM   Virtual class (Skeffington)

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

Register with Teacher Charlotte here

Anti-Bias Practice Toward Children

Saturday March 20th 10am-2pm OR Thursday March 25th 1pm-5pm Virtual Class (Peralta)

This workshop will provide practical tools in how to reduce implicit bias and its impacts on your practices with children. Objectives include the following:

(1) Understand how implicit bias affects children in schools and beyond;

(2) Explore the shift from dictatorship to leadership between adults and children;

(3) Practice self-compassion on your anti-bias journey; and

(4) Learn how to safely challenge yourself and children to new heights.

Registration link:        Coupon Code for discount of 100%: COOP

Disability is Diversity

Thursday April 22nd 7:30-9 pm  Virtual class  (Schill)

Presented by The Arc of King County: Disability is a form of diversity often left out of equity and social justice conversations. This workshop discusses neurodiversity, and how biases impact our words and the way we treat people with disabilities. This workshop additionally helps each person identify their role in creating a culture of inclusion.

Register here.

Self Compassion for Parents & Caregivers

Monday April 26th  7:00 – 9:00 PM Virtual Class (Ushimaru)

Having compassion for yourself means that you honor and accept your humanness. Things will not always go the way you want them to. You will encounter frustrations, losses will occur, you will make mistakes, bump up against your limitations, fall short of your ideals. This is the human condition, a reality shared by all of us. The more you open your heart to this reality instead of constantly fighting against it, the more you will be able to feel compassion for yourself and all your fellow humans in the experience of life. Come join Meghan Kroll, LICSW, IMH-E® , and Parent Educator Kylene Ushimaru as they guide you through some new skills!

Register with Teacher Kylene here

Parenting in the Age of Anxiety

Thursday, April 29th 7:00 – 9:00 PM Virtual Class (Schill)

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 and 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.

Book Club – Raising White Kids

Thursday, May 20th , 7:00-9:00 PM Virtual Class (Schill)

Many of today’s white parents were raised at a time when talking about race and racism was not a common practice, so we have little experience to draw from and plenty of questions. What can we do within our homes, communities and schools? How do we speak openly with white children about race and racism? How do we equip them to address racism when they encounter it? What strategies can we employ to live and act with more awareness in our diverse communities and teach our children to do the same?  Most importantly, how do we do this in age-appropriate ways? Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey offers meaningful dialog on these very issues. Read the book and then join us on May 20h for deeper discussion and reflection. ***Co-op has a few copies of the book to loan for those who need it – contact Jen Schill to borrow yours!

 Register with Teacher Jen here.

Let Me Help!

Tuesday, May 25th 7:00-9:00PM Virtual Class (Franklin)

Including children in household chores gives them hands-on learning through routine tasks while they share the family workload and learn responsibility. But how can we accomplish this in a way that is both effective and safe? COVID-19 has brought cleaning and disinfecting at home into the spotlight. In this seminar, I will share information from King County Hazardous Waste about how to identify – and make your own – safer cleaners and disinfectants. Then, we will discuss realistic expectations and practical tips for enlisting the help of even the youngest family members. 

RSVP with Teacher Dawn here