Darcy Read Memorial Cooperative Preschool is proudly named after Darcy Read, a long-time educator of preschool students (and their parents) in the Federal Way/Des Moines area. Darcy was an amazing woman who lovingly guided students through creative play, art, music, and movement in a warm, accepting environment where kids were allowed to just be kids! Her love and excitement for children was contagious!
It is our hope that her legacy can go on through the next generation of students who will pass through the doors of Darcy Read Memorial Preschool. Here, students and their parents will begin the new and exciting world of preschool together surrounded by others who share the same goal - to actively participate with their children in their early education program in a supportive, loving, diverse environment.
- School Readiness
- Literacy Preparation
- Love of Learning
- Parent Participation
A cooperative preschool - is this right for my family?
Parent Cooperative Schools
A parent cooperative preschool is organized by a group of families with similar philosophies who hire a trained teacher to provide their children with a quality preschool experience. The preschool is administered and maintained by the parents on a non-profit, non-sectarian basis. The parents assist the professional teachers in the classroom on a rotating basis and participate in the educational program of all of the children. Each family shares in the business operation of the school, thus making it truly a cooperative venture. Parents, preschool children, and their teachers all go to school and learn together.
Parents gain insight into child behavior by observing other children. They observe how other parents and the professional teachers handle various situations and gain greater understanding and enjoyment of their own children through active participation in their education. They have the opportunity to share their experiences and expertise with others while working together in a cooperative setting. Parents also learn useful ideas for helping their children at home and in the world around them.
Children participate in a supervised play and learning experience with children of their own age. Equipment, materials, and physical facilities are scaled to child-size. An opportunity is provided to interact with adults other than their own parents. The children are able to find security and a feeling of belonging in a world which is non-threatening and interested in them. Learning to respect and accept the rights and differences of others is emphasized. Children have hands-on experiences in creative arts, music, science, literature, and language geared to their needs and developmental level.