The Woodland Park cooperative community of schools includes a 2s, 3s, 4-5s, a Kindergarten program and a summer program in the heart of the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Our programs are best described as play-based, starting with the premise that children learn best when given the opportunity to freely engage with the world around them, pursuing their own passions and curiosities in a community setting.

All preschool programs are lead by Teacher Tom Hobson who has been teaching at Woodland Park Co-op (WPC) since 2002. In 2015, early childhood educator and former WPC parent Rachel Troutman joined us as the teacher of our newly established Kindergarten.  Both teachers create a classroom environment full of innovative, original activities that allow children to explore and learn at their own pace.  Both believe that school should be a place for children to prepare themselves for the bigger world by experimenting with friendships and society, exploring emotions, and ultimately discovering her or his own power within the community.

Want to know more about the philosophy behind our school?  Check out these articles recommended by our Parent Educators:

Praise – How Not to Talk to Your Kids
Praise vs. Encouragement
Stress – Five Ways to Keep Stress at Bay
Coping – Parenting’s Hardest Job
Coping Skills for Parents and Kids
Sibling Rivalry
Children and Friends

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