Seminars and Events (Winter 2022)

Home and Family Life seminars are FREE for adult members of SSC Cooperative Preschools.  Attending one seminar fulfills the requirement for one quarter – but you may attend as many as you like.  Partners welcome!  Adults only please unless noted on the class description.


Co-op Butterfly Families (Ongoing Discussion Group)

Monday January 10th, 7:00 PM and/or Wednesday February 16th, 7:00PM (Schill) 

Virtual discussion via Zoom

Co-op’s monthly discussion group for families with children with higher needs/sensitivities. The purpose of the group is to learn from one another, offering support, experiences, and resources, as well as building community and connection.  Wherever you are on your journey, ranging from a subtle observation you or your teacher has made, on up through formal diagnoses and services, all are welcome. If you would like to participate and/or need further information, please contact Jen Schill


Food Fight!

Tuesday, January 18th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Virtual Class (Franklin)

Does your child hesitate to try new foods or refuse foods they used to enjoy? Does dinner time feel like a battle of wills? Are you concerned that your child’s picky eating habits are limiting their nourishment? Are you convinced your children will eat only pasta and chicken nuggets for the rest of their lives? Nearly all parents experience a finicky eater at some point, but knowing how to respond can be difficult – and exhausting. In this seminar we will examine young children’s nutritional needs, talk about how to engage children in food prep and selection, and come away with subtle, healthy improvements to the eating environment that will benefit the whole family.

Register with Teacher Dawn here.


Building Sibling Relationships

Thursday, January 20th, 7:30PM – 9:30PMVirtual Class (Skeffington)

Family life is challenging during ordinary times. As the Covid-19 pandemic persists, it’s not surprising that many homes with siblings continue to feel a bit like a pressure cooker. While sibling relationships can cause a great deal of family stress, they can also be very beneficial and rewarding. In this class, we look at common mistakes adults make when trying to help children with sibling struggles, as well as ways to foster healthy sibling relationship development.

Register with Teacher Charlotte here.


Can Co-op Preschool Prepare My Child For Kindergarten?

Tuesday, January 25th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM  Virtual class  (Ushimaru)

Are you having doubts that Co-op kids learn academic content when it looks like they are just playing and having fun?  Have you heard that Kindergarten is the new First Grade? Thinking about if your child will be ready for kindergarten after experiencing preschool in a pandemic?   Replace worry with information in this evening devoted to understanding the science of how children learn and exploring subtle yet powerful changes from a 3’s class to a Co-op Pre-K class.  Kylene Ushimaru will share her extensive research-based and practical experience as a Pre-K teacher who has graduated many successful learners.  

Register with Teacher Kylene here.


Keeping Kids Safe(r) In Today’s World: Tips for Parents of Toddlers & Preschoolers

Wednesday, January 26th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM  Virtual class  (Giomi)

In this 90-minute presentation (which includes time for Q&A), Certified Parent Coach® Christy Keating, J.D. will share the critical information every parent needs to help protect their children from predatory behavior. Christy provides attendees with information that, for many, shakes up years of ingrained conventional wisdom and gives parents concrete steps for talking to their children about safety, with the goal always being to empower, not scare.  Similarly, she provides clear prevention tips that parents can themselves use to ensure that they are making the best safety decisions possible for their children.  Research shows that when parents and professionals attend trainings like this, 85% of dangerous situations can be avoided altogether.

Register with Teacher Jen G. here.


Infant, Child, & Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Training (Certification valid for 2 years)

Thursday, January 27th, at 6:00-9:00 PM-OR- Saturday, January 29th, 1-4 PM Location: Campus Lab School: RAH 201 (each class will be held in-person, masked, and socially distanced).

Do you know what to do if a child is choking? Are you skilled in CPR if an adult collapses in class? Be prepared. This class will be instructed by a representative from the very popular and engaging Merit Emergency team. Kick off the New Year by learning important life-saving skills!

Training will be held in-person, masked, and socially distanced in the Toddler Classroom on the South Seattle College Campus. Class fee: $60. Please bring cash or a check made out to Merit Emergency with you.

Register with Teacher Charlotte here.


Recognizing, Interrupting and Resolving Microaggressions

Monday, January 31st, 6:30 – 8:30 PM Virtual Class (Schill)

We are delighted to welcome back Families of Color Seattle to present this workshop in which we will take a deep dive into microaggressions.   Workshop goals include: learning what makes up a microaggression, understanding context for and impact of microaggressions on marginalized communities, talking in developmentally appropriate ways with our children about microaggressions, and finding ways for both adults and children to successfully interrupt microaggressions when we see them. This workshop builds on our previous one from Winter 2021: “Undoing Racism and Teaching Equity to our Children”, though prior attendance is not required.  

Preregistration is required; click here.


Parenting in the Age of Anxiety 

Saturday, February 12th, 1:00–3:00 PM Virtual Class (Schill)

Do you have an anxious child?  Do you trend anxious yourself?  Our hurry up world with its 24/7 news cycle and oceans of information is certainly no help and it can be difficult to know how to successfully offer comfort and support to our children.  Come join us to learn what anxiety is, the physiology of the anxious response, and how to care for ourselves and our children when our nervous systems start to run away from us.

Register with Teacher Jen S. here.


What’s the Big Secret?   

Tuesday, February 15th 7:00 PM-9:00 PM – Virtual Class (Ushimaru)

When and how do you talk to your children about sexuality?  Where do you start?  How do you answer questions in a developmentally appropriate way?  Children are learning about sexuality from the moment they are born and you are your child’s primary sex educator.  This seminar will equip you with some communication skills and resources to make the process of identifying and sharing your values and information more comfortable for you and your child.

Register with Teacher Kylene here.


For Tired Parents

Wednesday, February 16th, 7:00-9:00 PMVirtual Class (Huntley & Franklin)

A child’s sleep problems can undermine the most confident of parents, and make the sweetest child grumpy!  We will discuss different types of problems such as bedtime procrastinating, nap strikes, middle-of-the-night waking, visiting the parents’ bed, etc., and options for solving them.  This will be a personalized, informal discussion.  Becky Huntley is the author of The Sleep Book For Tired Parents.

Register with Teacher Dawn here.


Watch Party: How Children Learn About Race

Thursday, February 17th, 7:30 – 9:30  Virtual class (Schill)

Join us to watch this Embrace Race webinar featuring the research from Professors Margaret Hagerman and Erin Winkler; it takes a close look at the childhood landscape of racial learning. Beyond what we say to them explicitly, what other factors shape what our children learn about race? How do differences in racial and class identities shape the ways children learn and are taught about race?  We’ll watch the webinar together and then close with a group discussion about our takeaways.

Register with Teacher Jen S. here.


Book Club: Atlas of the Heart

Saturday, March 5th, 10:00AM – 12:00PM  Virtual class (Franklin)

In her new book, Atlas of the Heart, Brene Brown takes us on a journey through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and actionable framework for each meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances – a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection. Join us for a discussion of Atlas through a parenting lens. Book club will be held virtually. If there is interest, a second in person group will meet at the same time (location TBD). Limited copies of the book are available for check out. 

Register with Teacher Dawn here.