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Cooperative Preschools

I was doing my best with my first and only child. Fairing my way through trying to figure out breast feeding, first foods, and my new physical and mental adjustments as a mother and woman. La Leche League was my first connection in support. Meeting other moms with children around the same age was huge. I can't even begin to explain the support and connections that were vital in my survival. Friendships were built and preschools were sought. We came across Stanwood Cooperative Preschool. A class for Toddlers! WOW! A few of us joined the co-op and found another amazingly supportive environment to raise our children. One with other families (community) that you can share all the joys, sorrows, love and aches about parenting. This was my lifesaver as a mom.

They say there is no "Parent Handbook" in life, but really it does come in the form of an all-encompassing preschool! One that addresses the needs, desires, strengths and goals of a family or parent. Life long friends can develop. Take the time to find a co-op or ECEAP Preschool if you have a young child. Find one you love and can be involved in! Search out what fits for you! It does take a community to raise a child and you can choose that community if you look for it!

—JeanneWashington
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