About Us

North Tacoma Cooperative Preschool was founded as the Grant Co-op in 1997 by a small group of families seeking a warm preschool community for their two- to five-year olds. Today, NTCP serves over 35 students and their families while continuing to foster a close-knit school community. Our beloved teacher, KimAnne Koontz, has over twenty-five years of classroom experience and provides a nurturing, enjoyable experience for each class.

In Fall 2017, we will be relocating to the Hoyt Early Learning Center in the Proctor district of Tacoma!

At NTCP, children ages 2-5 learn through hands-on experiences, explore through imaginary play, and grow in independence, confidence and self-esteem in a positive, safe environment. In addition, parents explore, discover and create with their children, learn more about child development and helping their children develop their potential, and gain support from a community of parents and support members.

As a non-profit cooperative preschool, we are entirely run and supported by parents and volunteers. Three parents join our teacher during every class to engage children in playing and learning and to help manage the classroom. We also plan fundraising activities and special events that bring us together as a community. NTCP is also a Parent Participation Program coordinated by the Child Studies Department of Bates Technical College. Our association with Bates provides opportunities for parents to learn and share in the many resources that Bates has to offer. For more information on parent responsibilities, please visit New Parents & Students.

We offer three sessions from October – April: our 2s class, our 3s class and our Pre-K class. For more information on each class, please visit New Parents & Students.

In Fall 2012, we relocated to Central Lutheran Church, 409 North Tacoma Avenue, in Tacoma’s Stadium District.From I-5, take I-705 toward City Center, exit for Schuster Parkway, and then exit to Stadium Way. Turn right on Stadium Way, follow the hill up and turn left on N 1st Street. Follow 1st to the light at N Tacoma Avenue. Turn right on Tacoma Avenue and proceed 3 blocks. Turn right on N 4th Street, and left into the parking lot behind Central Lutheran Church.


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Interested in finding out more? Visit New Parents & Students, or contact Nicole Patjens, Membership Chair, at membership@tacomapreschool.org.