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Redmond Parent Co-op Preschool. A place where parents and children learn together.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is a "Parent Cooperative Preschool"?
We are a program with parent participation. Parents work with the teacher to create a high adult-child ratio and provide a great learning environment for each child.

What is the philosophy of the school and who designs the curriculum?
Redmond Co-op is a developmentally appropriate, play-based preschool. This means that we believe kids of this age learn best by hands-on experiencing their world, not by forced memorization and seatwork. We provide a wide range of activities that are developmentally correct for these ages (art projects, science experiments, gross motor and small motor toys and activities). Our teachers derive the entire curriculum used during circle time and keep in mind the developmental needs and abilities of the children they are teaching.

What ages do we serve?
We enroll children ages 3 and 4.

Do you have a cut-off enrollment age?
Yes, children must be age 3 or 4 as of August 31st of the enrollment year.

Where are we located?
We meet in the lower level of the Redmond United Methodist Church on the corner of 166th Ave and 80th St. We are not affiliated with the church; we rent the facility from the church.

What days do children attend school?
The 3's program runs on Thursdays and Fridays and the 4's program runs Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

What are the class times?
We offer two class times for each age group. They are 9-11:30 AM and 12-2:30 PM.

Is there a enrollment fee?
Yes. The current enrollment fee is $135.00. It is NON-REFUNDABLE and is put toward the start-up costs, supplies, and a carpool bag used by each child each day.

What is the monthly tuition?
Tuition is $65/month for the 3's and $90/month for the 4's.


What is your tuition and registration policy regarding twins or other multiples?
For twins, we require one enrollment fee per family, one registration form for each child, and full tuition for each child. For multiples greater than two, please contact our registrar for more information.

What are the parent's responsibilities/commitments to the school?
  • Attend once a month Parent Education Class
  • Classroom help-participate/work one scheduled class each week
  • Serve on one standing committee
  • Participate in our all-school annual fundraising activity
  • One weekend cleaning of the preschool
  • One semi-deep cleaning of the preschool
Note: For twins, these responsibilities are per family. Responsibilities DO NOT double. Contact the registrar for special requirements for multiples greater than two.

What are Parent Education Classes?
There are three Parent Education classes per Quarter, for a total of nine Parent Education classes per year. These classes are held once a month, and include discussions of the developmental stages of preschoolers, and they often provide an opportunity to brainstorm solutions for current parenting issues. These classes also serve as a time when your whole class can make decisions and prepare for the upcoming month. Each year there are three all-school parent meetings. An outside parent education expert is usually brought in to speak at these meetings.

What do you mean by annotated bibliography maker help?
Once a week you will "work" at the school. Every two weeks you are assigned a "room" which include the story room, the playroom, the kitchen, the art room, the woodworking area, and the block room. During free time, you play and assist the children in your area. During music and gathering time, you participate with the children and the teacher. Every two weeks you rotate so that you serve in all the areas of the preschool.

What are the committees?
Each student serves on one standing committee. Each committee is important to the operation and the success of the preschool. The committees are assembled at registration and apportioned to best meet the needs of the preschool. Consequently, if you change classes after registration you may be required to change committees. Some committees have regularly scheduled responsibilities, while others operate on a periodic basis.

The committees include:
  • Book Club
  • Maintenance/Facility
  • Safety
  • Parent Education
  • Pet and Plant
  • Ways and Means
  • Special Events
  • Cut and Snip
  • Playdough/Woodworking/Bulletin Board

What is the preschool Board of Trustees?
RPCP is run by a Board of Trustees. The Board consists of ten executive Board members and a Parent Leader from each class. All positions are voluntary and held by members of the cooperative. The Board generally meets the 4th Monday of each month at the school. The Board of Trustees is here to serve you, and welcomes your input.

Our Board of Trustees is made up of the following positions:
  • President
  • First Vice President
  • Second Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Parent Leaders
  • Registration Chairperson
  • Parent Education Chairperson
  • Committee and Special Events Chairperson
  • Facilities Chairperson
  • Computer Chairperson
For full descriptions of each Board position please see page 30 of the RPCP Parent Handbook. Please consider being involved at this level.

What do you mean by weekend cleaning and semi-deep cleaning?
We have 10 classes of preschoolers going through our preschool each week. There is a lot of dirt and grime that needs to be regularly cleaned. Each parent is responsible for one weekend a year. Weekend cleans are usually done with another parent. A rotating cleaning list is provided. A typical weekend clean will take approximately 3 hours.

In addition to the weekend cleaning, each class will be required to do a semi-annual deep cleaning of the school. A typical deep clean will take approximately 2-3 hours.

Can I observe a class?
Observations are welcome but need to be scheduled. Please e-mail our registrar at to schedule an appointment. (We would not want you to come when we are going on a field trip or have some other sort of change in schedule.) Observations are scheduled during activity time. That time is between 9:15-10:00 AM and 12:15-1:00 PM. You may stay any or all of that time and your preschooler is welcome to come with you.