Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning, but for children play is serious learning. Play is  really the work of childhood.

- Fred Rogers



We are a cooperative of families and students who encourage building community through relationships and learning together.  Self-esteem and social skills are learned through play and exploration in an environment of acceptance, inclusion, and fun. We believe in the collective to develop our children and ourselves, knowing that contributing our time in the classroom and parenting education meetings will foster an environment of growth.

Our Co-op Offers:

  • A play-based curriculum

  • Developmentally appropriate activities

  • Programming with the emphasis on social skills

  • A monthly parenting class present by Whatcom Community College Parenting Education Program

  • An affordable whole-family preschool experience

Whatcom Family Coop Preschool

Happy Valley Elementary School

1041 24th St, Bellingham, WA 98225


Whatcom Family Co-op Preschool admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.