Founded in 1976, our little preschool has been a stalwart institution in our area. ”The Little Engine That Could” now has former students sending their own children through our program. We are lucky enough to have just the right mix of dynasty families and area newcomers! It’s become a great place to make lifelong connections not just with kids, but entire families.
Upper County Cooperative Preschool is committed to the development of the whole child by implementing creative curriculum and by partnering with parents. UCCP believes in the importance of creative play, individualized, instruction, and in fostering an atmosphere that contributes to the growth of independent, responsible, and self-motivated leaders. UCCP manifests these goals through partnership with Cle Elum Roslyn Elementary, and engaging families through ongoing communication, celebration of community, and joint planning to address evolving needs of both the student and the school.
A co-op preschool is an organization of families working together to create a fun, safe, age appropriate learning atmosphere. A trained teacher provides their children with a quality preschool experience. The preschool is administered and maintained by parents on a non-profit basis.
Our parents are our rocks, our foundations! They are the well-oiled gears that keep us running. Sometimes that means sticking around after drop-off to read to a child; or it could be cleaning toys to maintain a safe play area; or serving on our Board! For all the bells and whistles, take a look at our by-laws below.
Change is everywhere for our little preschoolers! The world is getting bigger and bigger as they explore and learn. That’s why it is so important to have schedules. Schedules give children a sense of security and help them develop self-discipline. Our schedule is arranged to include optimum time for unstructured creative free play (where imaginations soar and new bonds are formed), time for fine motor skill development and of course time to build those gross motor skills outside and in our gym. Both classes teach early reading techniques according to corresponding readiness and take in account upcoming kindergarten benchmarks.
Our Littles Tuesday & Thursday class tuition is $140/monthly. For our Bigs Class, Monday, Wednesday, & Friday tuition is $200/monthly.
We want to keep class sizes small, so that individual needs can be met. For the Littles class, we cap our numbers at 10-12. For the Bigs, we bump class size up to a maxiumum of 14.
Our Littles class is comprised of students aged 3 & 4 (must at least be 3 years old by the first day of school year). Our Bigs class is comprised of students aged 4 & 5 (must at least be 4 years old by the first day of the school year).
Students are taught the Red, Yellow, Green system. Their name starts on green every day. We revisit our class rules daily and students are warned once when breaking those rules. If a student does not heed that warning, they go to Yellow ( which can be downgraded back to green with good behavior, unless it was a hurtful behavior). Being on yellow means no chance to earn a prize at the end of the day, and these kids take that seriously! Red is reserved for extreme behavior, where the student is hurting him/herself or others and or the teacher feels that home would be a safer place for the child that day.
We keep it simple! Listening Ears, Quiet Mouths ( when others are talking), Helpful Hands (sharing and keeping hands to yourself), Looking Eyes and Walking Feet. Believe it or not, that covers it all, and the kids respond well to a small list of tangible rules.
The Bigs will be given login and password for the Lexia Reading program. This is the same program used for building reading skills at Cle Elum Roslyn Elementary. All of your student’s progress on this awesome program will carry over to Kindergarten and really give them a great head start! Please contact Miss Jen if you have forgotten your login info. https://www.lexiacore5.com/
Registration for our 2021-2022 year is open now. Go online and fill out the registration form. The classes fill up fast so get your form in!
Meet our teacher! Jen Smith has been at the Co-Op since 2013. She has a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana, and has been teaching since 2000. She believes in celebrating kids and their individualism and she thinks it’s never too early to inundate young minds with art and science. She loves her co-op family!
The Upper County Cooperative Preschool is a small non-profit 501c (3) organization that has been serving families and their kids in Upper Kittitas County since 1976. Since we do not receive government funding we depend sole on our fundraisers to help us finance and to grow our school. We are so grateful for your support and appreciate your donations!
All donations to UCCP benefit the school directly from our operating expenses and the continued growth of our organization. Helping kids learn and grow from current students to generations to come