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* SCC Hosts Preschool Preview Night on January 7, 2010

Finding the best preschool for your child can be overwhelming with so many things to consider.

That is why Shoreline Community College’s Parent Education Program is partnering with ParentMap to sponsor one of three Preschool Preview Nights, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 7, 2010 in the PUB Main Dining Room. 

Faculty and staff from approximately 30 preschools from across Seattle, Shoreline, north King County and south Snohomish County will share information about their preschools from general information about the centers to curriculum.   Parents will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with preschool teachers and learn about the general environment of the preschool, curriculum, learning activities and materials, one-on-one and small group opportunities for children to work and play with instructors, and reading time and play time.  They will also have the chance to talk to other parents about their children’s experiences at different schools. 

Parents will go home with materials and a much better sense of what preschool might be best for their child or children.   

A few of the preschools participating, in addition to the parent cooperative preschools affiliated with Shoreline Community College, are Capitol Hill Cooperative Preschool; Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center; Pacific Northwest Montessori Association, Kinder Kampus Preschool and Child Care and The Highlands School. 

Remarks by parents who have attended Preschool Preview Nights previous years: 
• “The preschool Preview Night was very useful especially for people like us who were looking at preschools for the first time.” 
• “Thanks for having it. It woke me up to the fact that it was time to start looking and enroll my preschooler for the Fall - ALREADY!!!” 
• “I found three schools that I didn’t know about previously and have now gone to their open houses.”

As a co-sponsor of the Preschool Preview Night, Shoreline Community College’s Parent Education Program will provide information about the seven parent cooperative preschools (located in Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Bothell, Woodinville, and Kirkland) that are affiliated with the college.  The college provides parent instructors for all the preschools, which offer a developmentally appropriate, play-centered curriculum for children birth through five years old.  Parents whose children are enrolled in the preschools participate in the preschools on a weekly basis and earn college credit for the parent education that they receive.

The other Preschool Preview Nights will be held on January 13, 2010 at Meydenbauer Center and on February 27, 2010 at Clover Park Technical College.

For more information, please check out the Preschool Preview Nights at the ParentMap web site at:  http://www.parentmap.com/.  

To learn more about Shoreline Community College’s Parent Cooperative Program (seven locations), please check out the web site at:  http://www.shoreline.edu/parentcoop.aspx

Shoreline Community College is located at 16101 Greenwood Avenue North, just west of Aurora Avenue and north of Seattle city limits.

                                                              SCC/Donna Myers

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