Kingston Cooperative Preschool

The best Coop Preschool in Kitsap County. Located in Kingston, Washington

Parent Education

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Olympic College Overview

 

When you enroll your child in the Kingston Coop Preschool you will simultaneously enroll in a Parent Education course through Olympic College. This course is designed for parents with preschool-aged children. The focus of the class is to help parents gain information about child development and skills for positive parenting.

Olympic College shares our mission to provide education and support to parents who want to be involved with their child’s education and further their own parenting skills. The following benefits are a result of this affiliation:

  • Parent Information/Support – the college provides each coop preschool with a Parent Educator (our own “Miss Debbie” fills this role). This person works with the coop to provide support and is a resource for the Board and for parents. They also facilitate the monthly Parent Education classes.
  • Access to Statewide Liability and Accident Insurance – the facilities where coops meet require this insurance and affiliation with Olympic College provides good coverage at low rates. Parents are assured that their children are in safe environments where adults are trained in good safety and health practices.
  • Teacher Training – all coop teachers meet monthly for early childhood training, support and sharing. Turn-over of teachers in OC coop preschools is low in comparison with general early childhood programs in our community and the support they receive from OC is what they say makes the difference.
  • Leadership/Board Training – OC offers opportunities for coop board members to come together for sharing and leadership training.

Course Objectives

Course objectives for parents are to:

  • Develop realistic age-level expectations from knowledge of childhood behavior and growth.
  • Explore current research as it applies to pre-school development and extract and adopt principles applicable to parenting.
  • Select and practice discipline techniques from a specific theoretical framework which is consistent with a personal belief system.
  • Evaluate contemporary information and perspectives on selected parenting styles.
  • Experience and understand the role of parent involvement in maintaining quality learning environments for children.
  • Share support, consultation and resource information concerning childrearing and family life.
  • Develop and/or increase confidence in managing the demanding role of parents in a changing society.
  • Strengthen family communication and relationships.

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