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Daycare/Childcare Recommendation


  1. We have a toddler (14 months) currently in daycare, and have agreed it's time to find another place. There have been a multitude of little things, and feel like our child needs a new environment.

    Would love for there to be several children his age (early toddler-hood), activities (creative/academic), safe environment, intelligent staff with good common sense.
    Pretty much what every parent wants!

    We live in the Gatewood area, and would really appreciate any input.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  2. Try Lindsey Luoma at Earth Mother Preschool 206 714-1377
    She is specialising in the under 3 crowd and is very nice.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  3. Try Loving Hands Childcare, Shelly Fredrickson on 11th Ave SW, she is amazing!!

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  4. linda08
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    Renee has a great daycare with a beautiful view and spacious environment in Fauntlee Hills. 937-2206

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  5. hooper1961
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    kids country in burien

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  6. Two heartfelt, thoughtful recommendations:

    Playmates Daycare 206-762-1744 and Ages in Stages 206-438-4650.
    Both in Highland Park; not far from you and really great locations for leaving West Seattle (via 509).

    Both of these are worth checking out and best of luck to you!

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  7. Thank you for your responses, so much.

    Anyone else have any to recommend?

    I appreciate your help.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  8. skeeter
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    Our little girl (23 months) has been in Growing Years on East Marginal Way since she was four months. We've always been quite pleased with the infant and toddler care.

    It's not a glamorous facility, but it is always clean, organized, well staffed, and the prices are reasonable.

    http://wa.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=WADR_InclusivePhotoGalleryGowingYears

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  9. skeeter
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    Full disclosure on Growing Years - my wife works in the building (Federal Center South) so it is a huge logistical benefit for us to use this facility. Note that daycare is available for both Federal workers or anyone else.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  10. Hi, I'm Mindi and the owner of a small in-home daycare over on Fauntleroy. Our daycare is called The Munchkin Junction daycare and our very outdated website is: http://www.munchkinjunction.com

    Our daycare is run by 2 moms and each and every day we feel privileged to have the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of a child, to join in their laughter and to be included in their games. This is how we have chosen to spend our days. Being mom's we both understand how difficult it must be to leave your child in someone else's care. Because of this, we can appreciate the trust you must put in us on a daily basis. We view our chosen profession as a career, not as just a job and we love what we do.

    We take children over the age of 18 months (often negotiable if fully walking) and keep our ratio's low. We generally have 6 kids for 2 providers.

    Right now we have a part time position available and anticipate an opening within the next 3 months.

    Feel free to drop us a note through our website and good luck in your search !

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  11. SarahScoot
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    SarahScoot

    My infant son just started at Bright Horizons and we love it so far. The toddler/preschool kids always look very happy.
    I also have heard wonderful things about Fauntleroy Children's Center.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  12. Thanks so much to all of you.
    skeeter - I have heard of this place before, will def. contact them this time around.

    And SarahScoot - I have heard nothing but great things about FCC - but the $1640/month price for our little guy is a bit steep for us!
    Will def. keep them on our radar for PreSchool though.

    And I will be in touch Munchkin Junction! Thank you for taking the time to post.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  13. pattilea
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    Home based preschools are awesome if you find the right situation, and usually less expensive than centers. Childcare resources rock, and a great way to find a licensed home. A few words of advise: A "real" preschool does not have to be licensed if they operate less then 4 hours per day, per shift.(however that means they do not have to do criminal background checks of their people). They may offer either am or pm, but the same children may not be present at both. Home child care that offers a preschool program is a great find. DEL of Washington has a web page to check for any complaints or ongoing problems, just by entering a phone number or name! Just remember to use your -gut feeling, and feel free to drop in ANY time. I have a son that is now 28 that was abused in a home setting and became a non speaker. And also a much younger son that was mistreated in a preschool setting, this past year.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  14. pattilea
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    Also on this topic some of these names mentioned above do have VALID complaints on the DEL website!

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  15. luckymom30
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    West Seattle YMCA and Little Pilgrims are both great places for kids.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  16. pattilea
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    OM goodness, i love little pilgrims. After my son was abused in a above mentioned childcare he became a non-speaker. Leslie a teacher at Little Pilgrims helped him become a speaker again!!! They all rock there!!!

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  17. luckymom30
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    Oh Pattilea I am sorry to hear your son was abused. We had a great experience at both Little Pilgrims, Kathy and Lorrie were the teachers back then, always as well West seattle YMCA I only had our daughter in part time care 2-3 days a week for 3 hours a day there the teachers back then were Shane and Noreen.

    What I liked best at West Seattle YMCA was the fact I had part time care, Shane and Noreen took the kids to the garden area near Lincoln Park and the kids worked in the garden and donate the food to West Seattle Food Bank. They also took the kids to Merrill gardens to visit with the residents.

    What I liked best about Little Pilgrims were the teachers, the interaction with the great families, a very loving and enriching learning environment.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  18. pattilea

    would you mind being in touch with me via email? I really want to learn more about the above mentioned childcare you were referring too.

    sprechanzy at hotmail dot com

    Thanks again for everyone adding to this post - I so appreciate the guidance.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  19. Little Pilgrims & West Seattle YMCA are definitely on our list to check for PreSchool.

    We're currently in need of a daycare/childcare situation for our 14 month old. Unfortunately he's not old enough for those places yet :(

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  20. luckymom30
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    Sassy - at 14 months of age your child should be old enough for the childcare at the YMCA:

    Ys across the country offer quality full-day and partial-day child care for infants through preschoolers, enabling parents and family members to go to work knowing their children are in safe, stimulating environments.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  21. jamieh333
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    Munchkin Toyland is an in-home daycare/preschool in Arbor Heights. My daughter & my nephew both go there & love it! Nancy's been doing this for over 20 years & it shows! They have a 1:4 teacher to child ratio, her backyard is amazing & she's affordable!!! She has openings right now for infants & toddlers if anyone is looking. Contact Info: Nancy Richter 206-932-7345.

    Posted 1 year ago #         

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