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Whatcom Community College offers parenting skills classes, parent-cooperative preschool classes and specialized programs to meet the changing needs of families. Parents/students can earn college credit, with short-term certificates in parenting skills available in 2018.

Whatcom Community College is affiliated with preschool programs in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County. Based on the belief that parents are the first and most important teachers of their children, cooperative preschools offer an educational experience for both parents and children. Parents are enrolled in a WCC Parent Education class when they place their preschooler in a preschool.


Where are the preschools and when do they meet?

All programs run from September through May.

Children's Coop Preschool

Bellingham Family Partnership Program (formerly Larrabee Elementary)
1409 18th St.
Bellingham, WA 98225

Lakeside Cooperative Preschool

Silver Beach Elementary School
4101 Academy St
Bellingham, WA 98226

Whatcom Family Cooperative Preschool

1041 24th St
Bellingham, WA 98225 

Lynden Coop Preschool

United Methodist Church
500 N. 14th St
Lynden, WA 98264


What ages of children can attend?

Most preschools are designed for 3 to 5 year olds. Although exceptions are made occasionally, your child must be 3 years of age by August 31 to enroll, unless it is a class designed specifically for toddlers. Different programs are offered at each preschool.  Most preschools offer programs for ages 2 1/5 to 5 year olds.  Please visit the preschools websites for more information.


What do parents do?

  • Work in the classroom, assisting the professional teacher, on a regular basis (typically twice a month).
  • Help manage the school by performing a job like serving on the board or helping to organize field trips.
  • Attend monthly meetings and parent education classes. Topics include such favorites as discipline and sibling rivalry.
  • Participate in fundraising events.


What do the children do?

The preschool program is run by each school's professional teacher and is developmentally appropriate. Children typically have experiences in art, dramatic play, fine and large motor activities, music, snacks and more.