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    New to West Seattle

    Looking for a class to do with my baby. New to town and hoping to get some support and meet other families with babies. Also looking for a part time preschool schedule for my three year old. Any ideas would be appreciated.



    Welcome to West Seattle! Great place for families. There are many great preschool programs in the area. Try PEPS for meeting other families with babies. The Cove School (I am the founder) has a part time preschool program and we have a mother/baby class starting in October. Feel free to email me for more information.



    The Co-ops will be PERFECT for you! Because you get to be involved in your 3 year old’s preschool you will quickly develop a community for your family! I am in Alki Co-op Preschool now with my second child so he (and I !) can make friends his age. My older is in grade school now and his best buddies are the ones he met in preschool! Pretty sure we still have an opening if you want to join us. The number to call for info is 938-2278.



    I forgot to mention that the West Seattle Co-ops also have a parent-baby class led by professional parent educators. I missed it with my first because who would think to look at “preschool” for a baby?? anybody else out there have current information about it?



    You cannot do better than the parent education program (which runs the coop preschools) at SSCC: Parenting skills, support, and camaraderie for a lifetime.



    my daughter goes to this….not sure if this is what you’re looking for, though, since you have a pre-schooler, too.



    I have an almost-two year old and doing the SSC co-op preschool last year was a fantastic experience for us. We’re doing it again this year. Classes start in two weeks. For the littles, you attend with your child one day a week. At 3 years it’s two days a week – attend one and drop off one. It’s a unique program because there are two teachers: one focused on the kids and one focused on educating the parents. I highly recommend it and hope you can find a spot. The class rosters are pretty fluid the first few weeks, in my experience.



    Here is more info on the PEPS groups mentioned above. They have 2 different groups for families with 2 little ones, it depends on the ages of the baby/older sib. Good luck – lots of great resources in WS!


    New to West Seattle

    Thanks for all these great ideas! I’ll be looking at the websites today. I wonder if the co-ops have classes at the same time so we can still have a day together at home. Anyone?



    I work in parent education for the Co-op preschools and I know there are infant classes on the SSC campus and 3 year-old classes at Alki that still have a few openings for this fall. I’m biased of course, but the program does offer both preschool education for your child and parent education/support for you. Also a great way to build a community in the neighborhood. I believe there is a morning infant class and 3s classes are generally in the morning. Best of luck finding the right fit.



    Ooooo, oooo … I third (fourth?) the vote for co-op. I did it with both of my sons and it was a total lifesaver. My kids had a wonderful experience – the classroom has a much higher adult:child ratio (at an affordable price!) and that allows the teachers to have a really rich learning environment set up. It changes a LOT over the year and ties in so nicely to seasons and holidays. But all that aside, the parent ed is THE BEST thing. You get an awesome education and a lovely community of parents to help you through. Usually, the baby/toddler classes meet one day, 2s classes meet two days, 3s meet three days, and so on :-) Welcome to WS!!!


    As the facilitator for parent/infant classes through South Seattle College, I would describe our classes as a warm and gentle introduction to parenting and community life for new families and their babies. As parent educator I offer the latest information about child development and guidance and encourage parents to be resources for each other. The children’s teacher creates a safe and nurturing place with age appropriate toys and activities, music and movement. As older babies become “movers” activities and parent discussion topics change in response to new development. Parenting is both exhilarating and exhausting but it’s always comforting to know you are not alone in this wild wondrous journey.

    We have two options depending on the child’s age with a few spots still available this fall. For more information call or email me, Wendi Hirshberg 206-784-5247

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