Child Studies

Enhance your child care skills and create connections with other parents and caregivers!

Our robust Child Studies department educates parents, child care employees and caregivers on early childhood topics that enhances your skills. We offer parenting seminars and classes for parents, a child care advisory program, a resource center, State Training and Registry System (STARS) courses, and more.

Cooperative Preschools

Participate in your child’s early education! Enroll in a parent-participation preschool program where you will learn the latest developmentally-appropriate early childhood education and guidance techniques. Children participate in activities that include science, math, music, reading, art and more. Check out the latest Transform Class Schedule for a list of cooperative preschool locations.

Child Care Advisory Program

For child care centers

Improve the quality of care and level of professionalism at your child care center. Our highly-skilled and educated faculty offer technical training and resources to early childhood education professionals.

Resource Center

A place for teachers and families to grow ideas. Visit the Resource Center (for adults only) for make and take projects, demonstrations and resources. The center is limited to adults only because of the nature of activities.

View the Resource Center flyer for open days.

Tuesday 3:30-7 p.m.
Thursday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Friday 9-11 a.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Resource Center Costs
One-time visit $7
Quarterly individual membership $35
One-time group visit $75
Quarterly group visit $125


Special programs

Brain Series

The annual Brain Series event brings notable speakers and educators to speak on early learning topics. This event is FREE and open to the public.

2020 Brain Series
Building Brains: How early life experiences affect brain architecture

Thursday, April 23, 7-9 p.m.
South Campus Auditorium, 2201 S 78th Street, Tacoma, WA

View Brain Series Flyer


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Bates Technical College is operating remotely, with limited labs on campus. We’re here to help you virtually. Learn more about our efforts to keep students and employees healthy and safe on the COVID-19 resource page.