Cooperative Preschools

Now enrolling at a preschool near you!

Bates Technical College Cooperative Preschools provide early childhood education for children ages 2-5 years old. The college’s instructors provide training, technical assistance, parenting information and support to the cooperative preschool teachers.

What is a cooperative preschool?

A cooperative preschool is a parent/child participation program. Parents enroll in a parent education program at Bates, and enroll their child in the cooperative preschool of their choice. While parents are enrolled in the program, they earn college credit in a continuing education program.

Bates-trained cooperative preschool teachers plan an enriched, fun and challenging curriculum for the children. Parents help conduct the non-profit business of the preschool and assist in the classroom on a rotational basis as part of the laboratory experience. On a monthly basis, the co-op preschool, Bates, or a community agency presents an educational opportunity to parents as part of a lecture requirement.

Parent Cooperative Preschools Handbook (pdf)

Benefits of cooperative preschodols

  • Families and children grow in a positive direction
  • Children learn and explore in an open, safe and supportive environment
  • Build supportive and loving friendships
  • Develop positive communication skills
  • Share experiences of parenting with others
  • Learn about health and safety
  • Develop positive self esteem
  • Be positive and supportive individuals in the community


Tuition costs vary and are subject to change. Partial tuition scholarships may be available at many of the schools listed. Please call the cooperative preschool(s) in which you are interested for current tuition rates.

Cooperative Preschool locations 

To enroll at a preschool or learn more, contact a cooperative preschool affiliate near you.


 Japanese Coop

• Burien Co-op Preschool*, 206.241.6714
Burien Community Center, 425 SW 144th St.,

• Wapato Koguma Co-op Preschool*, 253.271.8442, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 5236 East B St, Tacoma, 98404,

Federal Way


• Federal Way Co-op Preschool, 253.486.7949, Federal Way United Methodist Church, 29645 51st Ave.,

• Bethel Co-op Preschool, 253.531.7676, 115 163rd St. S.,

Gig Harbor


• Gig Harbor Co-op Preschool, 253.858.6911, Gig Harbor Masonic Temple, 3025 96th St. NW
Hales Pass Community Center, 3507 Ray Nash Dr. NW,

• Steilacoom Co-op Preschool, 253.905.6009, 8601 104th St. SW, Lakewood

Key Peninsula


• Key Peninsula Co-op Preschool
253.884.5535, Evergreen Elementary, 1820 Key Peninsula Hwy
Vaughn Elementary, 17521 Hall Rd KPN, Vaughn

• Sumner Co-op Preschool, 253.862.7124 Christ the King Lutheran Church, 245 Valley Ave.,


• Jack & Jill Co-op Preschool, 253.756.0637, Grace Baptist Church, N. 26th & Vassault St.
• North Orchard Co-op Preschool253.620.4004, Bethany Presbyterian Church, 4420 N 41st St., 
• Midland Co-op Preschool*, 253.906.2681, Lutheran Church of Christ the King, 1710 85th St E
• North Tacoma Co-op Preschool, 253.209.9277, Central Lutheran Church, 409 N. Tacoma Ave.,
• Northpoint Co-op Preschool*, 253.952.9285, Dash Point School, 6546 Dash Pt. Blvd. NE
• Old Town Co-op Preschool, 253.620.4620, Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St.,


• North Hill Co-op Preschool, 253.922.5601, Milton United Methodist Church, 1405 10th Ave.,
• Mountain View Co-op Preschool, 253.896.0123, Mission Woods Presbyterian Church, 2003 Taylor St.,


• Puyallup South Co-op Preschool, 253.620.4581, 3318 182nd St. E,
• Puyallup Valley Co-op Preschool, 253.840.9937, 1219 15th St NW, 98371,
• South Hill Co-op Preschool, 253.435.1740 8401 S 112th St. E,

University Place

• Narrows Co-op Preschool, 253.256.2150, United Church, 3912 Grandview Dr. W.,,

*Also serves one-year-olds.


Bates-affiliated cooperative preschools and the Parent Child Preschool Council do not discriminate onthe basis of race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation,age, marital status, gender identity, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam eraveteran in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Human Resources, 1101 S. YakimaAve., Tacoma, WA 98405. Bates publications are available in other formats upon request.