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Top Preschools & Childcare in Seattle

Published Mar 11, 2020

Looking for preschools & Childcare in Seattle? We've got a list of some of top preschools and childcare providers in Seattle and all you need to know about them. 

After savoring the first couple of years with your little one, it becomes time when many parents need to start the process of choosing where to send their kids preschool or daycare. Every parent in Seattle wants the best education for their kid, so we've done all the research for you to narrow it down. Here's a list of our top preschools and childcare picks in Seattle:

Ashlar Farm & Forest Program

Ashlar's mission is to provide a well-rounded education that nurtures whole-child potential. Their inclusive curriculum specifically focuses on developing the following 7 intelligences: Academic, Social, Emotional, Artistic, Creative, Physical and Spiritual. They deliver learning opportunities which can be described as hands-on, child-lead, experiential, play-based, emergent, nature-based, individualized and holistic. They believe that children benefit from spending ample time in nature, as well as free-play in abundance. The studio is set on a farm, and students spend roughly half of their days outdoors, working in the gardens and exploring the 15 acres of forest.

Seattle Learning Center

Seattle Learning Center curriculum is “relationship-based”.  They study and follow the teachings of Magda Gerber and use the RIE “educaring” approach when caring for infants and toddlers in their program.

RIE stands for Resources for Infant Educarers. Their students get physical activity through gym classes and outdoor time. They have a gym teacher from the SPU Gymnastics Team come twice a week to give gymnastics lessons to our students.

Also, every class goes outside twice a day, rain or shine. Their toddler classrooms use their school playground and our preschool/pre-k classrooms use the Little Howe Park that is down the road from their school. When the weather is nice, we try to enjoy as much outdoor time as possible with sensory bins in their playground or walks in the neighborhood.

Kiddie Academy

Kiddie Academy of Seattle at Queen Anne offers Life Essentials to help prepare children for school and life (children from 6 weeks to 12 years.). They encourage children to explore and progress at their own pace, in their own style.

When your child learns and plays in this manner, he or she is empowered to learn and grow socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually. This is the beauty of including character education as part of our standards-based learning curriculum. 

Trettin Drop In Preschool

Trettin Drop In Preschool offers a preschool curriculum for children ages 2-attending K. Set your own schedule or drop-in when you need extra care. They provide opportunities for children to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically in a warm, loving environment. Their play-based curriculum encourages choice-making, autonomy, and social competence.

Trettin is a great introduction to group-learning situations for preschoolers. The exploration of music, science and nature, art and drama, language and numbers is integrated into each day.

They want our children to build a positive self-image, explore their natural sense of wonder, discover their creative spirit, learn problem-solving skills, develop self-control and consideration of others, increase coordination, balance, and body image, and know that learning is fun!

Bright Horizons

Bright Horizons has a multiple location in Seattle. Their curriculum meets children where they are developmentally, with Signature Practices that build confidence and excitement about learning at every age and stage.

Bright Horizons curriculum, The World at Their Fingertips, is our unique curriculum designed to engage children in active learning that prepares them for school while helping them achieve their individual potential and fostering a spirit of community. It includes curriculum elements such as Language Works, Math Counts, Science Rocks, ArtSmart, Our World and Well Aware that cross all age groups. 

Kids Co.

Kids Co. provide and advocate for quality childcare that enriches and nurtures all children, supporting their success in school and in life. They offer kids a safe place to start their day. For parents/guardians, their before school program gives them peace of mind knowing they are leaving their kids in the hands of our caring staff.

During the before-school program hours, kids are offered breakfast and given time to choose from lots of activities like playing arts and crafts, quiet reading, games, hanging out with friends or joining in a group activity led by one of their teachers.

Illumination Learning Studio

Illumination Learning Studio is a cultural, performing and fine arts academy for Pre-K thru 5th grade to young adult. Offering group and private classes, camps and half-day preschool. Their Prechool and Pre-K program is a specific mix of cultural arts with its educational focus is a winning combination for effective early learning.

A half-day program keeps learning fun and relevant, allowing children their afternoons to explore, play and apply learning out in the real world. Lesson plans are established in accordance with Washington State’s Early Learning Standards along with their own interactive learning techniques and technologies.

Preschool students are evaluated for progress and each spring parents meet with their certified teacher to learn about their child’s individual needs and progress.

Early Learning & Development 

Early Learning & Development serve children and families by providing an inclusive, high quality early childhood education program; one that supports the social, emotional, and developmental growth of each individual child.

Their goal is to be a leader in high quality child care in the greater Seattle area. They are not affiliated with any religious or other organization. They have two centers in the Seattle area located in the Broadview and Greenwood neighborhoods.


Mightykidz philosophy includes an all-encompassing curriculum that facilitates growth and strengthens knowledge foundation and skills in all learning domains: Social-Emotional, Physical, Cognitive, Adaptive, and Language.

The classroom environment is carefully designed to reflect our students’ interests and to cultivate positive self-image, independence, and interdependence. MightyKidz advocates open communication with parents to encourage a team approach to best support each child’s needs.

Prospect Enrichment Preschool

Prospect Enrichment Preschool provide nurturing, high-quality childcare and to give parents peace-of-mind by offering a warm and welcoming environment. They provide a rich early learning environment with emphasis on literacy, cognitive and social skills. Their  goal is for all children to enter kindergarten with the skills and confidence to be successful lifelong learners.

Looking for more things to do with your kids?

Why not check out our local Events and Camps and Classes directory. New activities are being added all the time!

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