Whatcom Family Cooperative Preschool 

(also known as Sunnyland Cooperative Preschool 

since we are located inside Sunnyland Elementary School)


2800 James St.
Bellingham, WA 98225


“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”  -Fred Rogers

Our Preschool is a unique program that operates in collaboration with the

Whatcom Community College and B

ellingham School District's Special Education Preschool Program.

The Co-op offers:
  • a play based curriculum.
  • developmentally appropriate activities.
  • programming with an emphasis social skills.
  • programming that is integrated with Bellingham School District Special Education Programs.
  • a parenting class in conjunction with the Whatcom Community College Parenting Education Program.
  • an affordable, whole-family preschool experience.

The Basics:

  • The Co-op meets throughout the public school year on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30-11:00am and 12:30-3:00pm.

  • Children ages 2-1/2 to 5 years old are welcome! In general, children must be 2-1/2 by mid-September of the school year to attend.

  • Tuition is $140 per month.

  • Registration fee: $50 per child due at time of registration (non refundable)

  • supplies fee: $50 per child (non refundable)

  • Parents are expected to volunteer for 2 - 3 class periods per month, to participate in fund-raisers, annual end-of-year cleaning and to perform one parent job.

  • Parents must attend educational, two hour monthly meetings presented by the Whatcom Community College Parent Education Program.

Frequently asked questions:

What is a normal day like at Sunnyland Cooperative Preschool?

Led by our experienced teachers, children are encouraged to make their own discoveries in many different interest areas, including art, science, drama, and construction. Through structured and unstructured activities in both large and small groups, children have countless opportunities to develop social-emotional skills and fine-tune the skills necessary for future success in reading, writing, and mathematics.

How is the Co-op different than a standard preschool?

Sunnyland Cooperative Preschool is affiliated with the Whatcom Community College (WCC) Parent Education Program. Parents assist in the classroom approximately twice a month and attend monthly parent education meetings on topics such as emotion coaching, power struggles, nutrition, and literacy. This collaboration between WCC, parents, and the school allows the co-op to charge less for tuition than the many other, local preschools.


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