The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is composed of parents representing each co-op class in the Parent Education program at North Seattle College as well as faculty advisors from the Parent Education program, Workforce Instruction Division.
PAC meets on a monthly basis and its major objectives are:
- To promote high quality education and equitable, inclusive community for diverse families and their young children.
- To offer parent information and opinions for decision making by the Parent Education Program, Workforce Instruction Division, North Seattle College.
- To unify the co-ops throughout the system by providing a communication network for voicing needs and sharing ideas.
- To provide year-to-year continuity and a sense of history for a program made up of many diverse elements.
- To make co-ops available to all socioeconomic groups.
Structure & Budget
The NSC-affiliated Parent Advisory Council is comprised of one representative from each of the NSC co-ops plus NSC parent education instructors in an advisory role. Each member serves either in a board or committee position. We meet once a month to discuss current co-op issues and to review PAC business. Our operating budget comes from annual PAC dues (currently $85 per co-op class). Scholarship money is NOT part of the operating budget—it is separate. The reason PAC exists (aside from being an NSC requirement) is to provide scholarships, promote enrollment, and provide support & empowerment of each individual co-op. We gain strength by pooling and sharing resources and knowledge among our member co-ops, representing 750 to 800 families, and the NSC parent education faculty.
How Scholarships Are Funded
Each co-op is responsible for supplying to the PAC scholarship fund an annual “minimum financial commitment” based on the number of students enrolled in that co-op. The scholarship contribution is currently $50 or $75 per enrolled child (based on tuition rate being under or over $200 per month) – additional donations are welcomed and needed. Co-ops are expected to meet their PAC Scholarship contribution through fundraising. PAC maintains a resource list of fundraising options, as families should not be expected to pay higher tuition to meet the scholarship donation commitment.
Our Anti-discrimination Statement
The Parent Advisory Council of Parent Cooperative Preschools admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in distraction of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.