The Sunrise Program Co-Op Preschool, part of the Bellevue College Parent Education Program, began in the fall of 1985 with a commitment to families of preschoolers in the Renton, Newcastle, Kennydale, Kent, and Issaquah communities. We provide a stimulating environment where children thrive on learning – hands on – about the world around them. We encourage investigation, interaction, and participation by sparking a child’s natural curiosity and interests through play to foster a lifelong love of learning. Our curriculum offers students a greater depth and wider variety of experiences, use of more complex vocabulary, and a higher level of interaction between the children and the teacher. We provide a nurturing atmosphere that focuses on the whole child and prepares them for school – socially, emotionally, and academically.
Our program stands out by providing learning opportunities for parents and caregivers as well as children. Parents or caregivers participate in the classrooms as teaching assistants, refining their knowledge of child development and behavior management skills. Monthly evening meetings feature a parenting education class and short business meeting. Parents/caregivers hold either a board position or another school operating position, thus contributing to the ability to maintain a low cost program
Our school is located in Renton, WA, at the North Highlands Neighborhood Center, adjacent to the Meadowcrest Playground, just north of NE Sunset Blvd/Hwy 900 and east of I-405, at 3000 NE 16th St.