Wanted: New home for Arbor Heights Cooperative Preschool

March 20, 2013 at 10:05 am | In Arbor Heights, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 8 Comments

Arbor Heights Cooperative Preschool is officially looking for a new home, and parent educator Judy Hall hopes you have a suggestion:

Arbor Heights Cooperative Preschool, one of five West Seattle cooperative preschools sponsored by South Seattle Community College, is currently seeking a new location. After sixteen years of operating out of Hillcrest Presbyterian Church, Arbor Heights Cooperative is actively looking for a new site in the area.

The site search committee is seeking a new location, ideally sited on the grounds of a church or other nonprofit organization, that would provide the school with approximately 1500 to 3000 square feet. The current location at Hillcrest Church offers two classrooms, a storage area, and access to an outdoor area, and the reasonable rent offered by the church has enabled the co-op to keep tuition affordable for local families, and provide scholarship assistance to those who need it. Arbor Heights Cooperative preschool serves children between the ages of two and five, and operates preschool classes in the mornings and afternoons Monday-Thursday from 9:00–3:00, and Friday mornings from 9:15–11:30.

Affiliated with community and technical colleges, which provide a crucial parent education component, the cooperative preschools offer both parents and children a rich and stimulating developmentally appropriate environment in which to learn together during the early learning years.

If you have a lead on a new site that would fit the Arbor Heights Cooperative Preschool’s needs, please contact Judy Hall at 206-938-2278 or Jkatalki@aol.com

As first reported here last November, the church where the preschool has been housed is selling its campus to Westside School (WSB sponsor), which plans extensive renovations. At recent community meetings about the campus’s future, Hillcrest Presbyterian’s pastor explained that its congregation just doesn’t need that much space any more and is moving to a new, smaller location.

8 Comments

  1. You could try Our Lady of Guadalupe on 35th. They recently built a new facility and are happy to reach out to the community to discuss possibilities for use. It’s worth a try!

    Comment by happycat — 11:48 am March 20, 2013 #

  2. Could we rally around them and do something with the Charleston Cafe?

    Comment by Brooke — 11:49 am March 20, 2013 #

  3. What about arbor heights community church on 102nd & 41st?

    Comment by Christabella206 — 2:52 pm March 20, 2013 #

  4. Just checked. No recorded sale on this property yet. hmmmmmm.

    Comment by BMC — 4:13 pm March 20, 2013 #

  5. Would SPS let you rent out a few rooms at Boren? Might not be a long term solution (nor would I want SPS as a long term landlord), but I have heard that STEM does not use all the space in that building.

    Comment by Nitro — 5:22 pm March 20, 2013 #

  6. SPS is not currently renting any space. They also will not rent space to a preschool program unless that space was originally built for a preschool program. Wouldn’t it be nice if they did, though? All that empty space!!

    Comment by Karen — 6:22 pm March 20, 2013 #

  7. Arbor Heights Community Church is currently starting their own preschool.

    Comment by why_cause — 9:55 pm March 20, 2013 #

  8. Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I LOVE this community and the support it gives.

    Comment by Preschool Teacher — 9:11 am March 21, 2013 #

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