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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


Current job openings within Whatcom Family Cooperative Preschool

Lead Teacher-Whatcom Community College location

Accepting applications until position is filled

Start Date: Fall 2024


This position is to serve as lead teacher at the Whatcom Community College’s cooperative preschool location.

Whatcom Family Cooperative Preschool is affiliated with the Whatcom Community College Parenting Education program, and is a nonprofit organization run by an elected volunteer executive board and members of the cooperative. 



ECE certificate, endorsement, training and/or experience working with children 2-5 years of age, and with parents/caregivers. 

Must be able to continue a thematic curriculum that contains the following elements: 

  • ·  Curriculum is developmentally appropriate with experiential, play-based activities designed to promote social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth. 

  • ·  Curriculum includes art, music, dramatic play, science, outdoor play and language activities. 

  • ·  Curriculum includes parents/caregivers as teacher helpers on a daily basis.  The preschool invites family involvement and strong family partnership.

Must be an energetic, enthusiastic person with the ability to establish constructive relationships with children and adults. 

Experience in a cooperative preschool as a teacher or parent is preferred. 

Must be willing to maintain current first aid and CPR certifications and complete a background check.

Must be able to work in a high-energy environment. 

Must be able to collaborate with faculty, practicum students, and community partners. 

Must be able to physically work with very young children - (must be able to squat down, sit on the floor, sit in child-size chairs, climb stairs, pivot and run at any given moment).  

Solid knowledge of ECE and the development of young children.


Understand that parents are their children's first teacher.  We are here to partner with them to provide the best preschool experience for their children.


Must possess strong collaborative skills - willing and able to work with the co-teacher using a team approach.


Have a willingness to learn the regulations set by OPEP (Organization of Parenting Education Programs in Washington State) for the co-op, as well as learning what is expected when operating on campus. 


The lead teacher will share some spaces with the current early learning program partner on campus.


Demonstrate flexibility to adjust plans to meet the diverse needs of the group.



Plan and teach 4 morning sessions of  2 1/2 - 5 year old children per week. 

Plan and teach a parent/child toddler class one day per week.

Attend monthly in-service sessions at Whatcom Community College, other workshops or classes as deemed necessary by the Whatcom Family Cooperative Preschool Board, monthly parent education meetings, monthly meetings of the Board and other school functions as listed on the school calendar. 

Approx. 24-25 hrs/week.  Salary DOE.



For additional information and to submit a resume, cover letter, and an equity statement, please contact Carolina Olza-Kelsh, WCC parenting education program coordinator at  

Whatcom Family Cooperative Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs or other school administered programs. 

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