At Jack & Jill, children are given a variety of experiences so that they have the opportunity to grow and develop emotionally, physically and mentally. Our well-equipped school provides age appropriate experiences to encourage a child’s development at two, three, four or five years old. These experiences continue to support them for the rest of their lives.
- Children learn best through play.
- Parents are their children’s first and best teachers.
- Positive early experiences with school are vital for later school success.
- Early childhood is the ideal time to gift our children with the desire to be inveterate learners, inquisitive explorers, and eager students.
Small group activities give opportunities for play: active, quiet, indoor or outdoor. We encourage exploration of the physical world through science, experimentation with art media and other creative material, dramatization of everyday experience, rest, stories, and conversation. Our fun and nurturing environment allows children to explore and feel safe.
Jack and Jill Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national & ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, disability, or veterans status in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, and other school administered programs.
In the early years, our school’s members interested in parent education programs traveled to Seattle or Bremerton. Since this was a hardship for them, our Executive Board approached Tacoma’s Vocational Institute (now Bates Technical College) about developing a Home and Family Life department to coordinate Tacoma area cooperative preschools and provide guidance. This was the beginning of the collaborative relationship that exists to this day between Bates Technical College and cooperative preschools in Pierce County. In 1968, our school’s name changed from Mason Cooperative Play Group to Jack & Jill Cooperative Nursery School as we know it today. Through the years Jack & Jill has been housed at 3 locations including Mason United Methodist Church, Skyline Presbyterian Church, and its current location on the bottom floor of Grace Baptist Church.