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.

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.

Bates Technical College-affiliated Cooperative Preschools

Benson Hill Co-op Preschool, 253-234-7704                              

  • 11717 S.E. 240th St. 4910, Kent, WA 98031

Bethel Co-op Preschool, 253-531-7676

  • 12305 Spanaway Loop Rd. S, Tacoma, WA 98444

Burien Co-op Preschool, 206-241-6714

  • 19834 8th Ave., Des Moines, WA 98148

Federal Way Co-op Preschool, 253-486-7949

  • 29645 51st Ave. South, Auburn, WA 98001

Gig Harbor Co-op Preschool, 253-858-6911

  • Masonic Temple: 3025 96th St NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Jack & Jill Co-op Preschool, 253-756-0637

  • 2507 N Vassault St., Tacoma, WA 98406

Mountain View Co-op Preschool, 253-896-3661

  • 2003 Taylor St., Milton, WA  98354

Narrows Co-op Preschool, 253-256-2150

  • 3912 Grandview Dr. W, University Place, WA   98466 

North Tacoma Co-op Preschool, 253-370-1858

  • 2708 N. Union Ave., Tacoma, WA 98407 

North Orchard Co-op Preschool, 253-620-4004

  • 4420 N 41st St., Tacoma, WA 98407
  • Location: North Tacoma

Northpoint Co-op Preschool, 253-952-9285

  • 6546 Dash Pt Blvd NE, Tacoma, WA 98422
  • Location: Northeast Tacoma

Old Town Co-op Preschool, 253-620-4620

  • 2710 N Madison St., Tacoma, WA 98407
  • Location: Proctor district

Puyallup So Co-op Preschool 253-620-4581

  • 3318 182nd St East, Tacoma, WA 98446
  • Location: Puyallup South Hill/Spanaway

Steilacoom Co-op Preschool 253-905-6009

  • 10630 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA   98499

Sumner Co-op Preschool 253-862-7124

  • Christ the King Lutheran Church
  • 245 Valley Ave., Sumner, WA 98390

Wapato Japanese Co-op Preschool, 253-882-9234

  • 8601 104th St. SW, Lakewood, WA 98488
  • Location: South Tacoma

This list was last updated on August 2023.

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.

Bates Childcare Affiliations 2023


Alphabet A, 253-473-0420

2305 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409


Alphabet C, 253-474-1372

5419 South Puget Sound, Tacoma WA 98408


Alphabet E, 253-472-6068

7607 Lakewood Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499


Alphabet G, 253-445-0500

1822 East Pioneer, Puyallup, WA 98372


Chico Christian Childcare, 360-377-0978

3670 Chico Way NW, Bremerton WA 98312


Cottesmore Childcare Center-Gig Harbor, 253-858-1654

3909 Grandview St., Gig Harbor, WA. 98335


Grandview Early Learning Childcare, 253-680-5516

3580 E. Grandview, Tacoma, WA 98404


Love & Kindness, 253-472-4332

4813 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98408


New Adventures, 253-403-9265

1310 S. 4th St., Tacoma, WA 98405

909 S. 5th St., Tacoma, WA 98405


Our Place to Grow-Lacey, 360-915-9704

845 Marvin Rd. SE, Lacey, WA 98503


Our Place to Grow Spanaway, 253-212-3936

14519 Spanaway Loop Road S., Spanaway, WA 98387


Our Place to Grow Yelm, 360-458-6300

15152 Berry Valley Rd. SE., Yelm, WA 98597


Puyallup Play Center, 253-848-4232

120 McElroy Pl. Puyallup, WA 98371

Our Place to Grow-Hawks-Prairie, 360-810-2143
7447 Hawks Prairie Rd. NE
Lacey, WA 98516

*Mailing Address:
1401 Marvin Rd. NE, Ste. 307-254
Lacey, WA 98516

Tacoma Day,253-627-5671
1113 South I St., Tacoma, WA 98405

Wee Care Early Learning Center, 360-876-5595
1780 SE Lincoln Ave., Port Orchard, WA 98366

Updated February 2024

NOTE: The center is only available by appointment only. Please contact your Child Studies instructor to make arrangements.

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 the activities.

View the Resource Center flyer for open days.

Tuesday3:30-7 p.m.
Thursday11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Friday9-11 a.m.
Saturday9 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

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