13263728_10209467779234318_3351603647876530719_nQ: Does my child have to be potty trained?

A:  No.  Not all children are developmentally ready to be potty trained by age 2.  If your child is not potty trained, we request that you send your child to school in diapers or pull-ups.  If you have additional concerns about this, please contact us for more information.


Q: How will my child benefit from preschool?

A: Our students learn physically using carefully selected equipment designed to develop large and small muscle coordination and enhance growth. Our students learn intellectually/cognitively by solving problems, thinking creatively, generating alternatives and expanding language development. Our students learn emotionally through the many successful experiences that help develop self confidence. Our students learn socially as they play, share, and cooperate with other children in a supervised learning environment.

Q: What is a “co-op”?

A: Cooperative preschool means that our school is parent run (we cooperate!). Our parents are involved in both the day to day operations of the classroom as well as the overall management of the program. We take an active role in our children’s education and are given opportunities to further our own education through our affiliation with the Home & Family Life Department at Bates Technical College.  Click here to learn more about our affiliation with Bates Technical College.


Q: Why choose cooperative preschool over “drop off” programs?

A: A cooperative preschool (co-op) has high adult/child ratios which means lots of helping hands and individual attention. Co-op gives parents the opportunity to take an active role in their child’s education. A co-op is a quality preschool program with affordable tuition.  Click here for more benefits of a cooperative preschool.

Q: What is the adult/child ratio?

A: South Hill Cooperative Preschool maintains a 1:5 adult/child ratio for 3 to 6 years old and 1:3 for age 2.

Q: What is your “school year”?

A: Our school year runs 9 months, September through May, and follows the Puyallup School District calendar for holiday/no-school days.

Q: What classes are available?

A: For the 2017-2018 School Year:

Green Class (2’s) is for children who are 2 years old by August 31st and is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:15 to 11:15am. Red Class (3’s) is for children who are 3 years old by August 31st and is held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:15 to 11:15am. Jr. Kindergarten Class (4’s) is for children who are 4 years old by August 31st and is held Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00 to 2:30pm.


Q: How much does it cost?

A:  Please see our Classes & Tuition page for the 2017-2018 school year for information on tuition and fees.


Q: What does “play-based” curriculum mean?

A: “Play-based” does not mean “play date”. Our students learn through self-directed play and developmentally age appropriate lessons. We have a set curriculum and daily routine that is designed to develop physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills through fun and active learning.

Q: What are my responsibilities as a co-op parent?

A: Parents are required to assist in the classroom 3-5 times per month, participate in fundraising, serve on a committee or board position, participate in school cleaning days, attend Bates sponsored parent education programs, meet a “minimum requirement” of parent education credits, attend fall and spring parent meetings and work productively to make the school the best it can be.

Q: What do you mean “parent education”?

A: As part of our affiliation, Bates Technical College provides parent education opportunities. There are both daytime and evening workshops available. Additionally, you can accrue parent education credits through participation in meetings, some fundraisers, family fun nights, and board meetings.

Q: Why is fundraising required?

A: Because we are a non-profit preschool organization and our tuition is purposefully kept low, fundraising is a large part of balancing our budget. Currently there are 3 fundraisers each year (one every quarter).  While we hope to eventually have one annual event cover the entirety of our budget needs, we are not quite there yet. There is an option to “buy-out” quarterly or for the entire year.  Click here to see the fundraisers and goals planned for the 2017-2018 school year.

Q: Why is SHCPS affiliated with Bates Technical College?

A: In addition to the parent education opportunities, we receive assistance and support from the Bates Home and Family Life Department. Our school benefits from the direction and consistency provided by such an affiliation and it makes our year to year transitions go that much more smoothly. Click here for more information on the benefits of our affiliation with Bates Technical College.

Q: Are you religion based?

A: No. Although we lease space from Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church, we are not affiliated with that or any other church.  Out of respect for our students of all beliefs, we do not celebrate most holidays or any birthdays during class time in our classes.  There may be some holiday related activities outside of class which are not required, such as fundraisers and optional school events.

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