Shorenorth has been serving families since 1972. Pearl Noreen founded what became Shorenorth Parent Education center in 1972. Over the years, classes were added, the name was changed and the group became an independent non-profit organization. Pearl retired from Shorenorth in 2002 but remains involved.
Each class at Shorenorth is recognized by Shoreline Community College (SCC) as a separate parent education class. The Shorenorth organization consists of all enrolled class members and operates economically independent from SCC.
In 1997, Shorenorth was featured in a U.S. Department of Education Town meeting satellite program on outstanding Early Childhood Programs. Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) also featured the segment on her program, “Viewpoint on Washington.” In 1999, a KCTS documentary on the People To People Tour To China led by then Governor and Mrs. Locke featured a segment on Shorenorth, including a visit to the preschool and an interview with Pearl, who was a delegate on the trip to China.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) first accredited Shorenorth in 1999. NAEYC programs undergo a comprehensive process of internal self-study and external professional review to verify compliance with the criteria for the High Quality Early Childhood Programs. Shorenorth continues to follow the NAEYC guidelines today.