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

Our Classes

The 2021-2022 school year will start in September by offering outdoor/nature classes until safely transitioning back to the classroom at Happy Valley Elementary.


Class schedule

Preschool: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:45am-10:45am

Children ages 3-4.  Yearly tuition $1700 ($170/month)

Pre-K: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11:45am-2:45pm

Children ages 4-5.  Yearly tuition $2000 ($200/month)


For detailed information about the temporary Covid-modified schedule, please contact the registrar at


The Basics:
The co-op is located inside Happy Valley Elementary 
all our classes meet throughout the public school year. 


The school year runs from September to mid-June.

Enrolling in the co-op is a 10 month commitment.

Tuition is an annual cost broken up into 10 month installments due monthly
You may pay tuition in advance, or in less-frequent larger amounts.

A non-refundable registration fee of $125 holds your students place in the class

a $50 re-supply fee is due in February

Families participate in annual fundraising


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.