PARENT EDUCATION CLASSES – FALL QUARTER 2020

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. 

Staying Connected in Conflict During Covid-19- A workshop for parents, caregivers, & teachers

Wednesday, Sept. 16th, 1:00–3:00 PM   Virtual class Peralta

Co-regulate until kids can self-regulate…

Open your mind to a new paradigm of discipline…

Notice and respond to neurodevelopmental needs…

Navigate your own neurobiological needs…

Empower for peaceful self-advocacy…

Cultivate cooperation over compliance…

Teach children to connect in conflict…all in the midst of BIG emotions!

Betty Peralta, MIT, MSc, IMH-E® (III) trains on an anti-bias, trauma-healing, neurodevelopmental approach to children’s behaviors. She is Parenting Coach for a domestic violence shelter, Parent Educator for three cooperative preschools, Infant Mental Health Reflective Consultant for home visitors, and Adult-Child Interaction Specialist in her practice, ALTA: Alternative Learning and Therapeutic Avenues. She can be reached for training and consulting at www.altavenues.com.


Leadership Conference 2019

Tuesday, Sept. 29th, 7:00-9:00 PM Virtual class

Welcome to the 2020/2021 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, Class Chair, Parent Coordinator, Secretary, Site Treasurer, Class Treasurer, PAC Rep, Community Builder, or Fundraiser. 

Register with your Parent Instructor 


Co-op Butterfly Families (Ongoing Discussion Group) Schill

Second Sundays: October 11th (1PM) November 15th (5PM) December 13th (5PM) 

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


COVID and Children and Screens – Oh My! Schill

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 7:00-9:00 PM   Virtual class

“How has COVID-19 affected screen usage in your home? Families have been warned about the dangers of excessive screen time for children for years – and now many aspects of our lives and theirs have migrated to the virtual. How can we successfully navigate our new normal and maintain a healthy balance for our children? Join us for an evening with Dr. Dimitri Christakis, pediatrician and epidemiologist. He will review what we know about keeping kids safe from COVID as well as how to make informed choices on screen consumption. Dr. Christakis will give us an overview, followed by an extensive Q&A session.” Ticketed event – $8 tickets available here.


Guidance & Discipline Techniques for Toddlers 1 to 3 years old Ushimaru

Wednesday, Oct 28th, 7:00-9:00 PM Virtual class

Information on child growth and development and age appropriate behavioral expectations will be presented. Direct and indirect guidance techniques will be discussed along with setting and enforcing limits. Please attend the seminar that is age appropriate for your child. 

Register at with Teacher Kylene here.


Mirrors and Windows: Using Children’s Literature for Social Justice Education   Schill

Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 7:00-9:00 PM  Virtual class 

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 at with Teacher Jen here.


Monster Dash!

Saturday, Oct. 17th-31st  Virtual event

Join Monster Dash enthusiasts from all over the globe as they run, walk, skip, jump, or dance to stay active and healthy during the month of October. In this year’s FREE virtual event, participants will track and log activity from the comfort of their own homes or neighborhoods. Choose from three fun events: A 15-mile virtual loop that takes you past each of our preschool sites, a traditional 5k, or a Daily Family Activity Challenge. One hundred percent of proceeds are contributed to the Cooperative Preschool joint fund which is key in supporting our five preschool sites. For more information or to register, visit our website at http://www.westseattlemonsterdash.com/ or follow us on Facebook @westseattlemonsterdash


Guidance & Discipline Techniques for 3 to 5 year olds   Ushimaru

Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 7:00–9:00 PM Virtual class

Information on child growth and development, and age appropriate behavioral expectations will be presented.  Direct and indirect guidance techniques will be discussed along with setting and enforcing limits.  Please attend the seminar that is age appropriate for your child.

Register with Teacher Kylene here.


Holiday Gift Making                             Huntley/Schill

RSVP Deadline: November 21st

Kit Pickup: December 5th 10:30am-12:00pm (location TBD)

Help children learn the meaning of gift-giving—and maybe expand their focus outward during quarantine. This class is designed for adult and child to spend quality one-on-one time together creating gifts for family and friends. Come pick up your kit , especially curated by Teachers Becky and Jen, that will be full of materials with instructions and a video showcasing each project.  You choose your project time together–all at once or one or two activities per day. Designed for children 3 to 5 years, working with an adult caregiver. $20.00 supply fee. Class size is limited, register early to ensure your spot.

 Register with Teacher Jen here.