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.

Bates Technical College-affiliated Cooperative Preschools

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

Bethel Co-op Preschool, 253-531-7676

Burien Co-op Preschool, 206-241-6714

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

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

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

Narrows Co-op Preschool, 253-256-2150

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

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

Northpoint Co-op Preschool, 253-952-9285

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

Puyallup So Co-op Preschool 253-620-4581

Steilacoom Co-op Preschool 253-905-6009

Sumner Co-op Preschool 253-862-7124

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

This list was last updated in February 2023.

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

NOTE: Because of COVID-19, 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 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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