As an enrolled CFCP family, you will pay a monthly tuition to help cover basic operating costs, while also be responsible for Parent Helping in the classroom 2-3 times per month, and provide snack when assigned. Parents will also attend Family Education classes and Class Meetings once a month on average. Each family is required to take a preschool job and fulfill its duties throughout the year. As a co-op, the parents are the ones in charge of the operation of the preschool. Some parents will opt to serve in Board Member positions including President, Registrar and Treasurer.
Our non-profit school relies on fundraising efforts to provide additional money that may be used for equipment, toys, and scholarships. You may choose to actively participate in fundraisers held throughout the year, or choose a buyout option upon enrollment. Each family will sign up to clean the preschool one weekend during the school year. You will also participate in one Work Party cleanup weekend. In order to promote our school within the community, we often sign up for local events. Your family will choose an event to assist in. You can also expect fun activities for your whole family to partake in!
Our non-profit cooperative preschool is formed by our teachers, a parent educator from South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC), and our parents working together as a team.
As an enrolled parent at Capitol Forest Cooperative Preschool (CFCP), you will also enroll as a student at SPSCC. This is a credit-bearing Parent Education course, all included with the cost of CFCP tuition.
The Parent Educator in this course will offer a variety of discussions and forums on child behavior, development, and age-appropriate activities once a month, on average. Make-up opportunities will be made available for those unable to attend. In addition, the parents will take turns assisting teachers as Parent Helpers 2-3 times a month, all while the child is learning and exploring in our classrooms.
Capitol Forest Cooperative Preschool is affiliated with South Puget Sound Community College in order to provide additional support to parents.
Support comes in the form of an experienced and knowledgeable parent educator, who helps us becomes more prepared parents and maintains and strengthens our close-knit co-op family.
Parents have the opportunity to earn college credit by participating in free parent ed classes!
I am a Washington girl at heart, raised right here in the PNW. I attended classes at the Evergreen College in education and graduated with a focus in early childhood education and development. My passion and joy comes from working with the early schooling ages and learning as much from them as I hope they do from me.
My goal is to bring a well-rounded program to the Capitol Forest Coop that nurtures and develops our youngest learners socially, emotionally, and educationally. Our goal is to set a strong foundation and confidence for the remainder of their educational journey. I l believe education is a partnership between student, teacher and parents which is what draws me to the coop environment.
When I am not teaching you can find me outdoors adventuring with my family, I have two kiddos, ages 6 and 8. We love to hike, bike and camp. On rainy days find us at home playing board games or rooting on the Seahawks (except for my husband who is a 49ers fan and will not be converted).
I am a Montana girl, born and raised, and grew up in a small farming community there! My family still runs a 4th generation ranch in Montana and we visit them often!
I am blessed to be a wife and mother of 3 beautiful children (Amelia age 9, Abigail age 6, and Joshua age 2).
I am an educator at heart, and have a particular love for early childhood. In 2006, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education as well as a concentration in early childhood development and child psychology. I hold an elementary teaching certificate, and taught Kindergarten in the public school system for 10 years, mostly in Medford, OR.
When my family relocated to Olympia in 2017, I joined a local preschool co-op with my middle daughter to connect with other families and gain a sense of community in our new home. I fell in love with the co-op model of early childhood education and taught for Capitol Forest Cooperative Preschool (CFCP) prior to the pandemic.
I am thrilled to be teaching again after a short break when my youngest was born! He is now 2 years old, and will be joining us as a student in the Pinecones class this year!
In addition to teaching preschool, I am the Parent Educator and SPSCC Supervisor for CFCP.
Most recently I have become interested in the Montessori Method as a best practice in the early childhood field. The last three years I have dedicated to obtaining my Montessori credential, completing the coursework and residency portion of my Montessori certification program.
I will be working to complete my internship in our classroom this year and I am looking forward to embedding Montessori philosophy into our daily routine in the classroom.
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300 Sleater Kinney Road Northeast, Olympia, Washington 98506, United States
09:00 am – 12:00 pm
Open Monday - Friday