Sliding Scale Tuition

Rainier Valley Cooperative Preschool is offering a sliding scale tuition model for the 2022-23 school year. Our Board and Social Justice Committee will re-evaluate this model in December of 2022 to set tuition for the following school year. It is important to note that this will not affect our scholarship program, which will be used in tandem with the sliding scale model to give families facing economic challenges the support they need to be included in our school.

We believe this program will put into action our school’s inclusivity and diversity goals. We recognize our school is located in an economically diverse neighborhood, and also acknowledge that Black and brown families face disproportionate economic oppression due to systemic and institutional racism. We believe that economic inequity should not keep the high-quality, social emotional curriculum our school provides out of reach for some families. Our Board, along with our Social Justice Committee, will continue to look for ways to update or bring new policies forth that will be steps to bringing our school into alignment with our anti-racist goals.

Families will be asked to self-select their tuition based on their corresponding income tier. Please note that the income tiers below are based on 2021 HUD numbers for Seattle and will change yearly depending on area median income (AMI). We will not ask for or collect any financial information from any families for the sliding scale tuition – all families will choose their tuition tier on the basis of trust and community.

Please use the sliding scale tables and the corresponding income tiers to determine your tuition amount. If your financial situation changes and you need to change your tier, please reach out to

Financial Scholarships

Our school welcomes scholarship applications from families who need financial assistance – we encourage you to apply! We are affiliated with North Seattle College (NSC) Cooperative Preschools, and use their scholarship fund to provide additional assistance for our families. You may qualify for as much as 75% of the tuition being covered if your income is below the federal poverty guidelines, and up to 5% for those who are closer to 400% of the poverty level.

You can visit the NSC Cooperative Preschool's website for more details regarding their financial scholarship process. All scholarship applications are kept strictly confidential.

To apply for a financial scholarship, please fill out the NSC scholarship application using the link below.

Alternative Participation Model

Our Alternative Participation Model (APM), is a program intended to increase accessibility to our cooperative preschool. At RVCP, a typical family commitment involves both working in the classroom on a regular basis and holding a Parent Job to help run the school.* The APM program allows for a family to modify that commitment to double their classroom time and hold no parent job, or hold two parent jobs and have no classroom time. We hope this greater flexibility enables a wider range of families to attend and enjoy the benefits of co-op preschool. New and existing families are encouraged to download and read through the application to see if the program might be a good fit for your family.

*Participants in APM retain all the usual remaining agreements of the RVCP co-op model, including fundraising, cleaning shifts, and monthly parent meetings. Please see the general Enrollment Application for more details on the co-op model agreements.