By Amanda Haines, Pierce College District
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom’s cooperative preschool is now enrolling children ages 18 to 36 months for its winter Parent and Child class.
In this unique program, parents attend class with their children, exploring a wide range of topics, including nutrition, guidance, and child development. This approach allows parents to learn firsthand how best to teach and care for their child, build relationships with other parents, and earn two college credits.
“The parent education instructor and other parents in the class provide parents a network of resources and support,” explained Greg Brazell, Pierce College’s early education program director. “At the same time, children are working in a developmentally appropriate preschool, exploring their world and developing physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Each environment is designed to capture the child’s interest and help their development in each area.”
Starting Jan. 12, the Parent and Child preschool class (Early Childhood Education 145) meets from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. A snack is provided and children participate in a structured music time during each session. Cost is $90.50 (includes tuition and lab fee). Enrollment is capped at 12 students, so interested parents are encouraged to reserve their child’s spot immediately.
Pierce College’s parent co-op preschool has been operating for more than 35 years, providing critical support and care to thousands of families in Pierce County. For more information or to reserve a spot, call (253) 964-6691.