Admiral Co-op & Arbor Heights Co-op Preschools
Arbor Heights temporarily sharing location with Admiral
Age Range: Ages 2 to 5
Hours: Part day
Phone: (206) 938-2278
Neighborhood: Admiral District in West Seattle
Address: 3940 41st Ave SW 98116 at Tibbetts United Methodist Church
Curriculum Philosophy: Play Based. Cooperative (Co-Op).
Admiral Co-op Preschool is located in the Admiral District of West Seattle.
We are one of five preschools in West Seattle that are affiliated with South Seattle College. The college provides professional parent educators to each class to provide support and education to parents, ongoing training and support for classroom teachers, and consultation to the Board around running the preschool. Each preschool class is represented at a Parent Advisory Council that offers scholarships, handles registration and assists with marketing.
The SSC Co-op Preschool curriculum is play based. We believe that a child’s play is his work and that learning happens best when children use their bodies, their senses, their hearts, and their minds to discover their world. Facilitated play lays the foundation for architecture of the brain that will support academic success.
Through play in small and large groups children encounter real social situations and learn to regulate their emotions and solve problems. In imaginative play children put themselves in a variety of settings where they can experiment with new behaviors, learn to collaborate with each other, and negotiate conflict.
This learning doesn’t happen automatically or only through unstructured play time. Our high adult to child ratio means that adults are always available to facilitate the social-emotional learning that will help children succeed.
Our curriculum is aligned with WaKIDS Washington State Kindergarten Entrance Guidelines and supports: family connection, whole child assessment for individualized learning, supporting smooth transition into Kindergarten
The SSC Parent Education Program is an integral part of Co-op membership. All of our instructors are skilled in the Adlerian Positive Discipline guidance philosophy that encourages parents to be both kind and firm, to take into account what each child brings to the world, to use tools that are effective for the long term, to raise children who are capable contributors to home, school and the larger community.
Parents in our program learn skills to use with their own children at home and with children in the classroom. They develop a network of friends that often stay with them over the years past preschool.