Children and parents learning together.
Where discovery happens in the classroom every day.... and you can be a part of it.
Welcome to Benson Hill Cooperative Preschool!
Benson Hill Cooperative Preschool is a not-for-profit school that offers classes for children from birth through five years old. We have been proudly serving families in our community for over 50 years. Our preschool offers large daylight classrooms with a variety of materials including; free choice art area, children's library, drama room, block building room, large indoor play area and natural playground with sensory garden. We are just a short drive from Renton, Kent, Covington, Maple Valley, Auburn, and Tukwila. We are a nut free school.
About our School
We believe parents are their child’s first teacher, and we elaborate on that connection to nurture the children’s curiosity and self esteem in the classroom. This direct parent involvement helps children develop all aspects of growth; cognitive, social, emotional and physical. With parents and teachers working together in the classroom, our children can discover, explore, create, and learn to make decisions with confidence. We believe in a continuum of growth and provide opportunities for families to foster relationships that will continue to grow as their child moves into each class up through graduation.
The curriculum at Benson Hill is crafted with exceptional care from our experienced teachers. At Benson Hill we place a high value on child-led learning and entice children to learn through play with creative interest centers in the classroom and engaging circle time. Topics and themes in the classroom are developmentally appropriate and incorporate STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) activities that are driven by emergent curriculum, which allows the children to engage on a deeper and more meaningful level. Our teachers take pride in preparing the children for Kindergarten and helping parents feel ready for this big step. With a strong background in elementary school and Reggio-Emilia classrooms, our teachers diligently observe the children to ensure the classroom environment adapts to their needs and provides stimulation for every child's learning style. This play-based learning approach partnered with our unique class environment is what makes Benson Hill such a magical place and sets us apart from other preschools.
Our Natural Playscape
We believe children deserve time and space to connect with nature and breathe fresh air. At Benson Hill, our large playground area is intentionally viewed as a natural space that is shaped by the child's imagination. We place a strong emphasis on loose parts which encourages imaginative play, problem solving and critical thinking. Our parents have come together to maintain this unique space; building a sensory garden filled with aromatic herbs and a vegetable garden complete with worm composting tubes for the children to observe the life cycle of soils and plants.
Benson Hill Cooperative Preschool teachers and parents work together to
Encourage your child's intellectual growth.
Develop his/her positive self-esteem through self directed and/or teacher directed activities and parent participation.
Foster all aspects of your child - including cognitive, social, emotional and physical development with sensitivity to your child's individual interests and needs.
We work toward achieving these goals through discovery, exploration, and experimentation as well as manipulation of materials, decision-making, small group activities, and large group interaction.
More about us:
Benefits for children
Small class-size, ratio of one adult to four children
Creative, experienced teachers
STEAM activities for more in-depth learning
Gym and large muscle activities
Listening and language development
Unique and educational field trips
Social interaction with peers and adults
Benefits for parents
Parent Education Classes
College credit through Bates Technical College
Direct observation and participation with your child in his/her first learning experience
Shared experiences with your child
A network of support from teachers, parent-education instructors and other co-op parents
Resources, books and information on early childhood development
BHCP Values Diversity
Benson Hill Co-op Preschool is a diverse, welcoming, and safe environment for all members of our community. We embrace our diversity as one of our greatest strengths and recognize and respect the contributions, insights, and talents that people of all cultures bring to our school. We believe it is important to celebrate, nurture, and protect this diversity both inside and outside the classroom. As our community grows and develops, we vow to remain an open and inclusive school for all who would seek to involve their children and families in our programs and grow with us.
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy to Students & Families
Benson Hill Cooperative Preschool admits students and applicants of any race, ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or status as a disabled person, veteran or war to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students and applicants at school in accordance with the American With Disabilities Act of 1990, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.