About Us

Our Mission | Teacher Bios  |  Testimonials

Children’s Co-Op Preschool is a nonprofit, parent co-operative school that is affiliated with Whatcom Community College (WCC) for children ages two and a half to six years. It is one of six co-operative preschools under the larger umbrella of WCC.  Our preschool has been running for more than forty years, and some of our first students have now returned as parents!

At Children’s Co-Op, the parents serve as administrators and staff of the school. Our teachers plan the curriculum and guide the parents working in the classroom. A facilitator is provided by Whatcom Community College who offers professional support for the teachers and families, trains new board members, and leads the parent education program.

Our curriculum is developmentally appropriate to support young children’s learning. Based on seasonal themes where children actively explore our different learning centers, the children learn by doing. Through active involvement with their environment, children learn to make sense of the world around them. Our role is to create a community within our classroom that invites children to observe, to be active, to make choices, and to experiment.

Being in a Co-Op means:

  • Working in your child’s classroom (approximately once every two to three weeks depending on the child’s age and the size of the class)
  • Attending the parent education meeting once a month
  • Performing a parent job (board positions, fundraiser, newsletter, etc.)
  • Participating in fundraising
  • Building lifelong friendships for you and your child

Our Mission
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Our mission at Children’s Co-Op Preschool (CCP) is to provide a safe, nurturing, and rich learning environment for both parents and children to build confidence and a solid foundation as their first school experience.

We believe that young children learn best through hands-on, open-ended, and creative play. We nurture and respect the whole child. Therefore, our classroom environment is thoughtfully created to encourage and support each child’s unique social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development.

Children’s Co-op Preschool does not discriminate and warmly welcomes students and families of any race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, national origin, or sexual orientation.  We are a non-profit and equal opportunity organization that is affiliated with Whatcom Community College parent education.

Teacher Bios
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Heidi Peterson | Pre-K & Preschool Classes

Heidi has been teaching with the Children’s Co-Op since 2000. She has a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in ECE. Before coming to CCP, she was a kindergarten teacher for the Bellingham School District. Her daughters were a part of the Co-Op program. Some of her passions, along with teaching, are gardening, cooking, reading, and enjoying family time.


Autumn Tetrick | Multi-Age & Parent/Child Classes

Autumn has been with the Co-Op since 2016. She has a bachelor’s degree in ECE with a endorsement in Special Education. Prior to being a teacher here, she taught in Whatcom County area schools.  Autumn has 2 children, who both attended the Children’s Co-Op Preschool. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, cooking and reading.

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“CCP is such a great fit for our family, when my son turned 3 he started at CCP we had been attending many mommy and me classes prior to enrolling in preschool and my son still was not fond of me leaving him for any period of time, when class began at CCP he would cry when it was time for me to leave, but in a very short time he adjusted well and felt confident in his class. Teacher Heidi and the other parents that supported him though out his days in class made the separation transition a breeze for our son, I am grateful to have opportunities to be a helper in  class and to build friendships with other parents and children, and so pleased with our experience with CCP.”
—The Riels Family 
“We spent 5 years at CCP between my 2 kids.  We could not have asked for a better preschool experience.  Teacher Heidi is amazing and has given both of my children such a great gift of kindness, knowledge,  independence and empathy to carry on thru their school years. 
I love getting to work in the classroom and see how the kids interact together.  I also have made great friends thru the CCP where it feels like you are part of a larger family.”
—Lindsey Ingram
“I’m beyond grateful that something like the CCP exists here in Bellingham. As an educator I recognise the stupendous amount of love, sweat, and commitment being given to my preschooler by BCCP each and every week if the school year. Her teacher goes so far above and beyond for us it is almost unbelievable. As an aside, many of my families’ deepest friendships with other families in Bellingham started at BCCP. I cannot recommend it highly enough.” 
—Rhys Smoker
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