About Us

It was simply the best choice we could have made for our three children. Different genders, different temperaments, all of which thrived, grew and found endless hours of enjoyment and gained great knowledge from their experience at Crossroads Preschool and the expert guidance of the teacher, Maura! I got to be involved with my children’s growth, make life-time friendships and I was given great parenting tools from the best parent educator, Jennifer Watanabe. Crossroads Preschool changed our family’s lives for the better!

Amy Borberg

About the program

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For a quick overview of Bellevue College Crossroads Co-op Preschool, download our handy information sheet.

You can also learn more about the school’s child-centered philosophy from our teacher Maura Donegan. And read articles about play-based childhood education on our links page.

The Bellevue College Crossroads Co-op Preschool is a non-profit organization governed by an elected board of parents. Our preschool welcomes students of any race, religion, nationality, and ethnic origin. Through music, rhythm, art, literature, and free play, we encourage each child to grow creatively and socially. Our atmosphere of security, acceptance, and caring enables intellectual, social, and physical growth to take place.

Our preschool provides the following benefits:

  • High adult to child ratio (1:4 or better)
  • Healthy and safe environment
  • Low tuition rates
  • Field trips once or twice a month
  • Parental involvement, which has consistently been shown to be the MOST IMPORTANT predictor of later student success
  • Parenting classes and resources from early childhood professionals
  • Environment for both parents and children to form new friendships with peers
  • Opportunity to learn, observe, share, and practice techniques for working with young children

We are a multi-age Bellevue College Parent Education

Co-operative Preschool located in Bellevue. Three, four, and five year-olds are together in one classroom. Find out what the advantages of a multi-age program are for your child. We offer families the flexibility to chose the days of the week their child will attend school.

By enrolling your child in our program, you become a college student, spending time each month assisting in the preschool. Parents support the program through committee assignments, facility maintenance, or serving on our Board of Directors. Parents also attend one Parent Education class each month, held at the preschool. This participation is fun, educational, rewarding, and helps keep costs to a minimum.

A Nurturing & Stimulating Environment!

About the teachers

Maura Donegan: Children’s Teacher

Maura Donegan Maura Donegan began her extensive teaching career in 1983, focusing primarily on preschool and elementary-level students. This is her 18th year with our preschool. Maura follows the National Association for the Education of Young Children guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice. Her passion and love for teaching young children is evident in her upbeat attitude and innovative classroom activities and projects. Her personal hobbies include embroidery and handwork, reading, and traveling. She is the mother of three grown children.

Jennifer Watanabe: Parent Education Instructor

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Jennifer has been teaching parenting classes at Bellevue College since 1997. She is a certified Positive Discipline parenting educator and a Listening Mothers facilitator. She has vast experience teaching researched-based curriculum focused on child development, temperament, emotion management and the Positive Discipline curriculum. She earned her parenting coaching certification in 2007 from Seattle Pacific University’s Parent Coaching Institute. This coaching approach influences her teaching style: class content is presenting in a way that helps parents to successfully use the positive parenting strategies they have learned. She is passionate about families, including her own. She and her husband are parents to two grown sons. They enjoy traveling and exploring Washington State.

Jennifer facilitates our monthly Parent Education classes, which include lecture, discussion and problem-solving components. Topics are determined by the needs of the parents, but always include normal child development, and effective discipline techniques. Parent conferences are offered twice yearly. She is also available for private, informal consultation.