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North Orchard-Delong
Cooperative Preschool


Outdoor and online enrollment is open!

Contact us for info.


About NOD

This year we are happy to announce an all outdoor curriculum for our in-person classes, as well an entirely virtual class for families who prefer the online experience. We are also offering an in-person outdoor class to provide socialization/play for kindergarteners (age 5 – 6). Safety is our biggest concern this year, and we are doing everything we can to help stop germs and follow the new Department of Health guidelines.

Our Covid 19 Safety measures for our outdoor classes include:

With the switch to an outdoor format, it’s more important than ever that all preschoolers arrive with weather appropriate gear (boots/coats/etc.) for the day. If obtaining outdoor gear presents a financial hardship, please reach out to our treasurer Lisa Clearman ( for a scholarship application.

For Enrollment or Membership Questions e-mail us at: You may also leave a message on our answering service by calling 253-620-4004. Our membership chairperson will return your call with in 1-2 business days. We look forward to meeting you!



Who We Are

We are two schools that became one. North Orchard Co-op organized in 1981, Delong Co-op organized in 1959, and 1989 the two schools merged creating North Orchard-Delong Cooperative Preschool. We have over 60 years of experience as a preschool and over 30 years as NOD!


What is a cooperative preschool?

A cooperative preschool is a parent/child participation program. Parents enroll in a parent education program at Bates Technical College, and enroll their child in the cooperative preschool of their choice. While parents are enrolled in the program, they earn college credit in a continuing education program. (You do not have to be a college student to enroll your child at NOD!)

Bates-trained cooperative preschool teachers plan an enriched, fun and challenging curriculum for the children. The parents’ job is to help conduct the non-profit business of the preschool and assist in the classroom on a rotational basis as part of the laboratory experience.


We learn in a Reggio inspired classroom

The city Reggio Emilia in Italy is recognized worldwide for its innovative approach to education. Its signature educational philosophy has become known as the Reggio Emilia Approach, one which many preschool programs around the world have adopted.

The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based upon the following set of principles:

The Reggio Emilia approach to teaching young children puts the natural development of children as well as the close relationships that they share with their environment at the center of its philosophy. The foundation of the Reggio Emilia approach lies in its unique view of the child. In this approach, there is a belief that children have rights and should be given opportunities to develop their potential.

“Influenced by this belief, the child is beheld as beautiful, powerful,
competent, creative, curious, and full of potential and ambitious desires.”

The child is also viewed as being an active constructor of knowledge. Rather than being seen as the target of instruction, children are seen as having the active role of an apprentice. This role also extends to that of a researcher. Much of the instruction at Reggio Emilia schools takes place in the form of projects where they have opportunities to explore, observe, hypothesize, question, and discuss to clarify their understanding. Children are also viewed as social beings and a focus is made on the child in relation to other children, the family, the teachers, and the community rather than on each child in isolation.

Schedule 2020-2021

Tuition & Fees


One time registration fee: $45

Current Quarterly Bates fees
$31.14 (for the 2s/3s)
$46.68 (for the 3s/4s, PreK and Kindergarten Enrichment)


For Enrollment or Membership Questions:


Black Lives Matter

Black lives matter everyday. As a preschool our hearts ache knowing families anywhere are grieving. We know that it is never too early to teach our children to be anti-racist. Tacoma is a diverse community and at NOD we strive to create a space inclusive to all children and families. NOD Co-op operates under the umbrella of Bates Technical College including their Non-Discrimination Policy. Everyone working in our classrooms and volunteering at our events is responsible for understanding and complying with this policy.


Non-Discrimination Policy

Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff.  Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations.

All Bates College faculty, staff, students, contractors, consultants, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.