Registration form for Lakeside 2023-2024 Classes

Lakeside Cooperative Preschool is a parent-operated cooperative preschool affiliated with Whatcom Community College’s Parenting Education program.  Our Preschool and Pre-K classes for 3 -5 year old children are taught by dynamic, highly-qualified teachers who focus on building social-emotional and kindergarten-readiness skills through play and fun developmentally-appropriate learning activities.  

2023-2024 School Year Class Offerings

Children must be 3 by September 15th to attend the 2-Day Preschool class. Children must be 3 years old by September 1st for the 3-Day Multiage class, or 4 years old by September 1st to attend the 4-Day PreK class.  All students should be toilet trained by the beginning of school.  Our classes are in session from mid-September until the end of May.  

2-Day Preschool– Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:15-11:00 am** 

Teacher: Anna Johnson

Tuition:  $210/month*

This class is designed for students who are younger 3-year-olds and/or this is their first experience in a preschool program.  This class focuses on primarily social and emotional growth, as well as the routines and expectations of a classroom environment.  While academic growth is important, our emphasis is on the process of learning rather than the product. **schedule may be adjusted for individual children to suit their stamina and readiness.

3-Day Multi-Age Preschool/Pre-K — Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8:15-11:00 am 

Teachers: Patty Haveman (+Anna Johnson on Fridays)

Tuition:  $280/month*

This class is designed for 3 – 5 year old students with some preschool experience.  This class continues to focus on social and emotional development, in addition to other hands on learning opportunities that introduce literacy, numeracy, and science concepts through play.  Upon completion students will be ready to move on to PreK or Kindergarten.

4-Day Pre-K–Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11:45 am-2:45 pm

Teachers: Patty Haveman and Anna Johnson

Tuition:  $380/month*

This class is designed for 4 – 5 year-olds who are ready for more of an academic challenge or those who miss the cut-off date to start Kindergarten.  Students continue developing their social-emotional and pre-Kindergarten skills in an engaging and playful environment, feeling confident and ready to enter elementary school after their fun Lakeside experience.

*Tuition waivers of $35 per month are available for families with financial need

Benefits of Cooperative Preschools:

  • Strong parent community and lifelong friendships
  • Direct involvement in your children’s early education
  • Training and support for working with young children and preschool operations
  • Parenting/Child Development education and family support from Whatcom Community College
  • College credit for participation in preschool and parent meetings (9 credits per year)
  • Affordable tuition and low adult:child ratios
  • Highly qualified teachers who receive monthly professional development and support through Whatcom Community College 

Additional Information and Parent Responsibilities:

Parent Education Course:

Lakeside is affiliated with Whatcom Community College. By enrolling at Lakeside, you are enrolling in a Parent Education Course through WCC.  Parents are required to work in class 1 -2 days per month per student enrolled at Lakeside, which counts toward the “practical” portion of the course.  The “classroom” portion is fulfilled through mandatory monthly parent meetings, held the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm (no childcare provided).  

Fundraising Commitment:

Each family is required to fundraise $300, which can be accomplished through several fundraisers organized by the school, or simply by paying it directly.


Tuition is paid September through May and due by the parent meeting each month.  A $10 late fee will be assessed after the 10th of the month.  There is a $22 per month sibling discount for those with more than one child enrolled, which is applied toward the second sibling’s tuition.  Some families may qualify for tuition assistance.


A $100 non-refundable Registration Fee is due when rosters are created in late January/early February.   

A $175 Activity/Supplies Fee due in August

Parent Jobs:

Each family will be assigned a Parent Job (one job per student enrolled at Lakeside).  The Board President will assign this, with your preferences and interests taken into account as much as possible.  Parent jobs include Board positions, maintenance, classroom materials prep, fundraising committees, etc.

For more information about our cooperative preschool community, visit


Lakeside Registrar: 

Teacher:  Anna Johnson

Teacher:  Patty Haveman

Whatcom Community College Parenting Educator:  Michelle Malone

Lakeside Board President: