Reader recommendation request: WS preschools

August 18, 2007 at 11:16 pm | In Reader recommendations, West Seattle schools | 23 Comments

The Instant Hausfrau cc’d us on correspondence with someone who is moving back to West Seattle soon after some years away and now has a 4-year-old. Our excellent local network of co-op preschools already has been recommended, but the parents aren’t sure they can make the co-op time commitment. Any other recommendations from WSB-land?

23 Comments

  1. West Seattle Montessori starts at age 2 1/2 and was fabulous for my boys.

    Comment by Dis — 11:21 pm August 18, 2007 #

  2. West Seattle Christian has a wonderful program, wonderful staff and wonderful newly renovated (last year) facilities.

    Comment by DJ — 5:57 am August 19, 2007 #

  3. PEPS has a list
    http://www.pepswestseattle.org/preschools.html

    Our daughter was at the YMCA and we really liked the program. They swim once a week!

    Since then we have heard raves about the intergenerational program at Providence (both are on the list above).

    Comment by t — 8:49 am August 19, 2007 #

  4. Fauntleroy Children’s Center has been excellent for our daughter. Not technically a preschool but chock full of enrichment programs and great community!

    Comment by Tom — 11:29 am August 19, 2007 #

  5. Depending on where you live in West Seattle, both Little Pilgrim and A Child Becomes are excellent. My daughters went to A Child Becomes…Teacher Shelley runs a very loving comprehensive program.

    Comment by M — 12:05 pm August 19, 2007 #

  6. We are super happy with the YMCA of West Seattle. In fact, we had to sit on a waiting list for a few months.
    They take them swimming once a week, plus they get to do Kid’s Gym once a week, where they get free reign of half the gym with padded geometrical shapes, balls and all kinds of fun stuff.

    Comment by Todd In Westwood — 1:03 pm August 19, 2007 #

  7. I was very happy with the preschool program at Hope Lutheran. The teachers are very experienced and dedicated.

    Comment by T — 2:12 pm August 19, 2007 #

  8. Our son has been in the Intergenerational Learning Center at Providence Mt. St. Vincent (the nursing home on 35th) since he was 4 months old. It’s day care with classrooms of kids from a few months old through pre-K. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the program and the loving care that our son receives. The kids spend time with the residents, which helps teach them to appreciate diversity and people of differing abilities. The pre-schools are called the “bug room” and the “space lab.” All of the teachers have training and degrees in early childhood education. They use a lot of positive reinforcement and help kids learn to problem solve (e.g what to do when Johnny has the toy Sally wants to play with). They feed the kids healthy, balanced food for breakfast, lunch and the snacks in between. Did I mention we’re thrilled? I guess it shows.

    Comment by Heidi — 3:27 pm August 19, 2007 #

  9. Another vote for YMCA. My daughter went in 2004, and my son is there now. Many of the current staff were there when my daughter attended, and they still greet her warmly when she comes with me to pick him up. My son is thriving, especially since there’s so much physical activity.

    Comment by Luckie — 3:39 pm August 19, 2007 #

  10. I have been very happy with sending my daughter to Little Pilgrim. Most of the staff has been there for years and years.

    Comment by T H — 3:55 pm August 19, 2007 #

  11. Alki CC’s programs are great, too, but probably filled already so close to September. It’s worth checking.

    Imagine Hiawatha has equally good programs.

    Comment by ML — 4:34 pm August 19, 2007 #

  12. Loving Day Care located above the Fauntleroy ferry terminal on the bluff is absolutely excellent. I know many parents who had had their children there and others who attend now. The owner, Renee Anton, has years of experience, is totally devoted, screens her staff carefully, has a very clean facility and fabulous view. Very reasonable rates too. She takes infants up through pre-school. She is probably full (they are licensed for only so many) and probably has a waiting list; but it is certainly worth your time to call her and go for an interview. Make sure you go to the right one as there are others that have the same or very similar names. Loving Day Care’s phone is 206-937-2206.

    Comment by WestSeattleAngel — 7:02 pm August 19, 2007 #

  13. West Seattle Montessori has an amazing program.

    Comment by Stu — 8:53 pm August 19, 2007 #

  14. OUr daughter started out at FCC as daycare and has moved through their preschool program as well. It’s also NYCA accredited. My daughter hasloved it and we think it’s great!
    Eileen

    Comment by eileen — 9:59 pm August 19, 2007 #

  15. wow…my daughter is grown now…got her start at West Seattle Christian pre-kindergarten with Lois Gardner…a wonderful teacher. It’s wonderful that we as a community can ask a question on here and get so many suggestions/answers from others. It’s one of the things that makes West Seattle so special…..and the WSB, too….

    kudos to everyone

    Comment by Jan — 10:09 pm August 19, 2007 #

  16. The 4 year old program at Hope Lutheran is wonderful! Three 1/2 days a week, AM or PM choice. Mrs. Tornow is truly a superb teacher! My son flourished in that program, and I feel he is ready for Kindergarten because of it. Met some wonderful moms too!

    Comment by Leah — 10:18 pm August 19, 2007 #

  17. West Seattle YMCA is the best. My son attends preschool there and my daughter is enrolled in their before & after school program. Amazing people!

    Comment by Sara — 4:03 pm August 20, 2007 #

  18. Hope Lutheran School has an AWESOME preschool. They use a full immersion curriculum where the kids pick a topic and everything from Art to Science falls under that topic. One year was transportation another year was zoos. The kids LOVE learning this way. The P4 class is W-F and you can choose either AM or PM classes. You can call 935-8500

    Comment by Leighellen — 5:33 pm August 20, 2007 #

  19. Depending on where they live, the Community School of West Seattle, on 22nd/Roxbury, is fantastic– worth the drive if you don’t live in this area. Their program includes a messy play day for 18 mos+, a pre-school for 2 yrs+ and they also have a k-2 program. Our family loves them!

    Comment by L — 9:59 pm August 20, 2007 #

  20. [...] 21, 2007 Oh, West Seattle Blog. Posted by instanthausfrau under West Seattle , admin  How do I love thee? So brilliant. Sohelpful. If any other readers in West Seattle are looking at preschools, check out the helpful reader-suggestions on the thread linked above. Huge, huge thanks to the West Seattle Blog for their post. [...]

    Pingback by Oh, West Seattle Blog. « The Instant Hausfrau — 9:49 am August 21, 2007 #

  21. i am looking for childcare for my 10month old boy. i need someone all day on mondays and wednesdays. i am willing to nanny share or start at a respectable daycare. does anyone have any ideas? it seems like the care centers have long wait lists.

    Comment by caitlin — 8:53 pm August 25, 2007 #

  22. Does anyone know anything or have comments about the Life Learning Center preschool Pre-K on 35th out of Life Church? (Formerly Gatewood Baptist)

    Comment by Lynelle — 10:11 am March 13, 2008 #

  23. I have recently started an in home child care program in the Fauntleroy area and I am accepting applications for children 4 months to 4 years old. I have a couple spots open with some flexibility right now for full and part time. If you are looking for a quality program please email me or call for more details. Thanks!
    206-718-3940
    cachuela@bc.edu

    Comment by rnmetty — 11:10 pm August 26, 2008 #

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