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We are happy to announce Happy Valley Elementary as our new location for the 2017-18 school year!


Please visit the Happy Valley website to view photos of our beautiful new space.  Happy Valley Elementary School is located at 1041 24th Street,

Bellingham, WA.


School Year 2017-2018

is a unique program that operates in collaboration with the Whatcom Community College and Bellingham School District’s Special Education Preschool Program.

If you are interested in joining the preschool, please contact us at: o1-360-389-2755 (dial all eleven numbers)

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 Parent 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 8:30-10:30am or 12:00-2:30pm.
  • 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 $1450 per year (divided by 10 months = $145 per month).
  • Registration fee: $100 per child due at time of registration (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 automatically become enrolled at Whatcom Community College as students and must attend educational, two-hour monthly meetings presented by the Whatcom Community College Parent Education Program.  Parents earn 9 college credits per year and are eligible for student benefits.


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.



WCC tuition fee is $52 per credit.

If you qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch then WCC tuition fee is $16 per credit 

(Tuition paid to WCC  is included in your monthly preschool payment of $145)