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Outdoor preschool opens at Carkeek Park, 3 other parks around the city

September 14th, 2016 by Doree

Outdoor preschools opened at four Seattle Parks this month, including Carkeek Park. The preschools are run by Tiny Trees Preschool in a pilot program for affordable, nature-based preschool.

In an outdoor classroom, lessons have a natural magic: instead of counting marbles, children collect and count acorns; to learn colors, geometry and fine motor control, children use paintbrushes to spread pollen between flowers and record the color, shape and number of petals to share with the class; and with a pile of leaves and twigs, they build sculptures and art that reflect the wilds of their imagination.

At Tiny Trees, 52% of the incoming class receives financial assistance. At Carkeek Park, families who make less than $72,000 a year receive free tuition through the Seattle Preschool Program Pathways.

Tiny Trees Preschool keeps costs low by eliminating the cost of building, renovating and maintaining a child care facility. Instead of spending a huge amount on bricks and mortar the school spends it on hiring and supporting great teachers. The result is a preschool that costs 80% less to start and tuition prices that are 10 or 40% below market rate. Beginning September 12, 2016, Tiny Trees will operate schools at Camp Long in West Seattle, Carkeek Park in Northwest Seattle, John C. Little Park in the Rainier Valley and Jefferson Park on Beacon Hill.

The pilot agreement illustrates Seattle Parks and Recreation’s support for the city’s Preschool Program, approved by Seattle voters in 2014 to make preschool opportunities available for all Seattle 3- and 4-year-old children.

The Seattle Preschool Program aims to provide high quality early childhood education programs for 1,600 children a year by 2018. Tiny Trees Preschool is a provider for the Seattle Preschool Program – Pathways at Carkeek Park, and has two years to meet the quality standards for the Seattle Preschool Program.

To make sure families are prepared for a Seattle winter, Tiny Trees provides every child a free one-piece rain suit and boots from the Vancouver, WA based company Oakiwear. Children also use picnic shelters in heavy rain and there is an emergency shelter designated at each site in case of severe weather or emergency. Tiny Trees follows the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) calendar and is closed on SPS snow days.

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Ballard Preschool Co-op ‘s Gently Used Kid’s Gear Sale is Sept. 24

September 7th, 2016 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Co-op‘s Gently Used Kid’s Gear Sale is Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Community Hall in the Brick Building. You can find deals on gently used clothes (from newborn through size 8), shoes, toys and gear, including pack and plays, cribs, car seats, strollers and maternity wear.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a line typically forming before 9 a.m. Bring your own shopping bags. Strollers must be parked at the door.

A portion of the proceeds supports the Ballard Preschool Co-op, which is located at 7503 18th Ave NW, and is a program of the PNA.

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Spaces remaining at Ballard Preschool Co-op

August 23rd, 2016 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Co-op, a Phinney Neighborhood Association program at 7503 18th Ave. NW, has a few spaces remaining in its 3-5’s program for the upcoming school year. Class meets from 12:15-3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It is open to children born between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013. Children born on or between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012, attend one additional day for Pre-K.

Contact the registrar at bpc.registrar@gmail.com for details.

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Ballard Preschool Co-op’s Gently Used Kids Gear Sale on March 19

March 7th, 2016 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Co-op will host its Gently Used Kids Gear Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building, with clothes (newborn to size 8), shoes, toys and gear, including pack-and-plays, cribs, car seats, strollers, maternity wear and more.

Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags or baskets for their items. Strollers must be parked at the door, so if you have a baby, please wear a baby carrier.

The Ballard Preschool Co-op is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, and is located at 7503 18th Ave. NW.

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Applications now being accepted for city-funded Seattle Preschool Program

March 1st, 2016 by Doree

The application process is open for families wanting to enroll their 3- or 4-year-olds in the city-funded Seattle Preschool Program, which currently has 27 sites, including Creative Kids at 10525 3rd Ave. NW in Greenwood/Broadview.

The first selection process is Friday, March 11.

Families can apply one of three ways:

  • Over the phone by calling 206-386-1050.
  • In-person at Seattle libraries, Seattle community centers, or Seattle Preschool Program sites.
  • Online. The enrollment application is available in English, Spanish, Somali, Amharic, Chinese and Vietnamese.

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Monkey Business Preschool doubles its Greenwood space

October 2nd, 2015 by Doree

Monkey Business Preschool, at 9728-B Greenwood Ave. N., recently doubled its space by expanding into a former law office next door. The expansion has allowed Monkey Business to add a Pre-K program for children ages 4-5.

The preschool still has openings in its 2-year-old program, as well as preschool classes for ages 3-5. Call 206-706-3273.

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PNA’s Ballard Preschool Co-op has openings for the fall

August 31st, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Ballard Preschool Cooperative, located in Loyal Heights, has openings for the 2015-16 school year. The preschool offers a part-time play-based curriculum, with an in-house parent educator to support parents.

Openings are in the Parent/Infant class, which meets from 10-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays (child must be born before Sept. 1, 2015, but may not have turned 1 year by that date); and the 3-5’s class, which meets from 12:15-3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, plus Friday.

For more information, contact the registrar at bpc.registrar@gmail.com.

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Little Birds Preschool opening this fall in Phinney-Greenwood

July 22nd, 2015 by Doree

Little Birds Preschool, a Montessori-inspired program, will open this fall at 117 N. 78th St. Lead teacher Joah McPherson is a speech-language pathologist who also offers private individual speech-language therapy services.
The preschool curriculum emphasizes language development and early-literacy skills.

We use a theme-based approach that balances child-directed learning with teacher-directed activities. We focus on the development of the whole child by offering a program that nurtures the child’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder, and allows for the unique learning style and development of each individual child. Daily activities are designed to promote development in all areas (communication, cognition, fine & gross motor, social-emotional and self-care) and foster independent learning. Our program provides an encouraging, supportive environment that builds the child’s confidence and forms the foundation for kindergarten readiness and a lifelong love of learning.

Daily activities include: learning centers for free play, dramatic play, sensory-based activities, art, music, math, science, outside play, snack time and circle time.

Little Birds offers a three day a week preschool for children ages 33 months to 4 years old, and 10-week Parent/Caregiver-Toddler playgroup sessions for 18-36-month-olds.

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Ballard Preschool Co-Op Open House on Jan. 24

January 13th, 2015 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Cooperative, a Phinney Neighborhood Association program, is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 7503 18th Ave. NW. Parents and children can meet the teachers, view the classroom and learn more about the preschool. Please RSVP to bpc.allschoolchair@gmail.com if you will attend.

Ballard Preschool Co-op offers play-based classes for children from birth through pre-K.

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