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Preschool and Early Learning

List of some of the preschools affiliated with community colleges in King and Snohomish counties. This is not an exhaustive list and private cooperatives exist as well. 

Cooperative Preschools

What's next after PEPS - Cooperative Preschools. The thought of preschool may seem overwhelming, or perhaps a long way away for your family. But take a look, Seattle has a fantastic collection of Cooperative programs that can be terrific fun for families with kids as young as 5 months.

The Value of Play

The traditional kindergarten classroom that most adults remember from childhood has largely disappeared. In recent years kindergarten and even preschools are more focused on developing literacy and numeracy skills through direct didactic instruction and testing. The value of play has been questioned by the widespread assumption promoted by smart baby products that the earlier children begin to master basic reading skills like phonics and letter recognition the more likely they are to succeed in school. This assumption is inaccurate.

Why Story-Time Rocks

Children benefit from hearing another adult read to them, from watching other children get engaged in a story, and from being exposed to a wide variety of authors and writing styles. As well as learn some essential school readiness skills, like how to sit still for an extended period of time, how to pay attention to an adult other than his parents, how to take turns, and how to be (reasonably) quiet in a public place.

Anyone can be bilingual – just start young!

by Aurelie McKinstry, Apex Foundation

Most parents agree that being bilingual is a huge asset on a number of levels. Not only is knowing two or more languages useful in business and when traveling, but it also has important developmental and social benefits.

The Parent Coach: Should Your Preschool Help Kids Play or Learn?

by Anoo Padte, Education Consultant, Art of Education

Play or early learning toward academic growth: Which one is more important in preschool? As the parent of a 7-year-old and now a 1-year-old, I have tossed and turned between these two seeming extremes of what a child most needs in the early years.

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