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Research clearly indicates that meaningful parent involvement in school is one of the most powerful predictors of successful student achievement.  The cooperative preschool experience is truly a family experience in meeting, knowing, and trusting others in growing and learning together.

Mercer Island Learning Lab Preschoolers

“I just love this place. Everything is real.” 


The Mercer Island Learning Lab offers a learning experience for both parents and children.  The parents are involved in a parent education class sponsored by Bellevue Community College.  Parents learn child development and guidance by working with the children, and in this way, develop a better understanding of their own and other children.

MEET OUR TEACHERSPreschool Teacher Judy

Judy Witmer:  Has a Masters in Early Childhood Education, has taught for 36 years, 33 at Bellevue College in the Parent Education Program and 15 years in the ECED program.

Being closely involved in the lives of young children and learning together is her passion.

Preschool Teacher Nancy

Nancy Barci:  Has an AA degree in Early Childhood Education. Had her own preschool for 18 years.  For the last 4 years Nancy has brought her expertise to the Learning Lab to nourish the children and parents.


As a cooperative preschool, parents occasionally work in the classroom.  This allows us an adult-to-child ratio of 1-to-4 in the 3’s and 4’s classes, and of 1-to-5 in the Pre-K and Kindergarten Enrichment classes.

The Learning Lab gives the children a complete sensory experience; the students have the chance to SEE, TOUCH, HEAR, TASTE, AND SMELL for themselves in their own style.  Every day the Learning Lab offers the following activities:

Mercer Island Learning Lab Cooking Project

     o Creative activities with a variety of mediums (paint, dough, etc).

      o Cooking activities.

      o Science exploration (space, weather, insects, etc).

      o A chance to use books, pictures, and appreciate literature.

      o Exploration of the physical environment.

      o Enjoyment of music, movement, and creative dramatics.

      o Something that requires the children to think & solve a problem

Preschool Scientists explore Mercer Island

Bellevue College and Mercer Island Learning Lab reaffirm their policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran.