West Side Preschool offers classes for children 2-5 years of age. We have been serving the Tri-Cities for 50 years. Our staff is comprised of professionally trained teachers who have specialized in working with and caring for young children and their families. Our developmentally-appropriate and activity-based curriculum emphasizes the social, intellectual, emotional, and physical growth of each child in a positive and nurturing environment. Our goal is to provide a place where children learn at their own pace to be independent, and make decisions and feel confident about themselves, to interact in a positive manner with others, and to love learning. We are building a firm foundation for future academic learning through purposeful play and instruction.
West Side Preschool is a Co-operative Preschool. Family members participate in the classroom each month on a scheduled basis that seeks to take into consideration individual family situations. West Side Preschool is under the sponsorship of West Side Church. For more information call Ann Campbell, Director, or Patty Parkman, Assistant Director, at 509.946.4656, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. If we are not available to take your call, please leave a message and we will return your call.
What are the Benefits of West Side Preschool?
West Side Preschool is a Co-op. All of our classes are co-op with a strong philosophy of nurturing the whole child through a wide variety of activities and a play-based curriculum. Family members help in their child’s classroom on a regular basis. On your helping days, you arrive at school ten minutes ahead of class time and help in your child’s classroom for the full class period. However, if circumstances prevent you or another family member from participating on your assigned day, you may trade your helping day with another family in your class. Or you may cover a few or all your assigned helping days with a Paid Parent Helper which you arrange for from a select list. The cost is $25 for each time a Paid Parent Helper works for you.
What are the benefits of a CO-OP? We believe that you and your child benefit greatly from the time you spend together in class. You will have the opportunity to see your child in a setting different from most others. You will both learn from the teacher, the curriculum and the experience, and make friends. We appreciate the variety of helpers our families provide – Moms and Dads, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles. They all enrich your child’s experience.
Because we are a co-op, our classes have a higher adult to child ratio than most early childhood programs. Each class session will have our lead teacher and 3-4 helping family members. This makes it possible for us to offer your child a wide variety of activities and experiences with adult guidance. One of the most important pre-reading activities for a child is conversation. When adults talk with children, their vocabulary and verbal skills increase, as well as their understanding of ideas and concepts.
Our high adult to child ratio also allows for more frequent and positive social interactions and growth. Brain research shows that how children learn to get along with others and control their feelings is greatly influenced by their earliest experiences. A recent report by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services concluded that children who begin kindergarten without social and emotional competence are often not successful in the early years of school and can be plagued by behavioral, emotional, academic, and social development problems that follow them into adulthood.
West Side Preschool encourages the development of positive social skills. Children learn to be successful in a group setting and become motivated lifelong learners.
All of our classes use an activity-based curriculum because that is how preschool children learn best. Each year, as your child moves from the 2-3 class, to 3-4s and then Pre-K, you will see growth in the curriculum, which respects the developmental needs and abilities of each individual child. Your child will have an opportunity to develop creativity, independence, imagination, early math and reading skills, problem solving, positive social skills and appropriate group behavior to name just a few!